Scouts-L Mail Archive for June of 1999: Re: Lifesaving
Bruce E. Cobern
Thu, 17 Jun 1999 15:17:48 -0400
From: Alice Uhrich <Hockemom55@AOL.COM>
Date: Thursday, June 17, 1999 2:01 PM
>Now to my original question. I shared this with his Scoutmaster, who
>it with our council. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE TO RECOGNIZE THIS SCOUT??? I
>love to because I truly thought I had taken my last breath that
>Someone PLEASE tell me.
In most councils the recognitions for Lifesaving and Meritorious Action
Awards are handled by the Advancement Committee (which is really the
Advancement and Recognitions Committee when it has those functions). In
fact, I am going to a meeting of our Advancement Committee tonight which
is convening for two purposes. One is to hear an Eagle appeal and the
other is to consider an application for a lifesaving award.
According to national's procedure, the application is supposed to be
filled out by the committee after investigating the incident and
interviewing those involved, so I wouldn't worry about getting or
filling out the application. What has to happen is that the advancement
committee needs to know there is something to investigate. So, what you
should do is write a letter to the chairman of either your council or
district advancement committee detailing what happened, much like you
did in this post. Include dates, times, places, ages, etc. I would
send a copy to the other one (council or district advancement chairman)
as well as to the DE or SE (just so you are on record in case the
volunteers don't act). There is a 6 month time limit for submitting the
application to national although I know it can be and has been waived.
The advancement committee should contact you and your sons, interview
you, get the details, including a picture of your son, decide which
level of recognition they feel is appropriate, fill out the application,
and submit it to the SE. You and each of your sons will be asked for a
written statement of what happened.
Congratulations to you and your sons for their fine action. There are
many such incidents which go unrecognized because many Scouts and
Scouters are unaware of the existence of these awards or the procedures
for securing them.
Bruce E. Cobern
Founders District, Queens Council, NY