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HOW DOES YOUR PACK ENSURE THAT BOYS DON’T FALL THROUGH THE CRACKS? The best thing we do is to involve the current leaders, future leaders in the dens, and all parents in the progress of the den. We keep up with youth as they attend meetings; if they miss, we call them to see if there are issues. We advise parents that we will work through absences (sickness, school-event conflicts, or behavior issues) and help the youth to complete all advancements.

HOW DO YOUR SERVICE AND YOUR HUSBAND’S SERVICE OVERLAP? We’ve kind of divided it up within our com- munity. I’m known as the Cub Scout person; he’s known as the Boy Scout person. That gives us the opportunity to see different things within the program. But it also gives us an oppor- tunity to know the same people.

WHAT’S YOUR WOOD BADGE SALES PITCH? You get real-life leadership skills; you join a great group of people—local and national—who’ve also attended; and you finally understand the pro- gression of Scouting training and can encourage your own son.

ANY PLANS TO RETIRE FROM SCOUTING? If I’m capable of doing this, I will continue to help make this a successful program at whatever level I can. Cub Scouting is a wonderful program that offers youth and adults fun and the opportunity to change their lives. ¿

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When Service Goes National Two awards recognize meritorious actions.

SERVICE IS AN integral part of Scouting. For many Scouts, the practice of a daily Good Turn leads to a lifetime of service to others. On rare occasions, service performed as a Scout or Scouter earns that individual national recognition. Here’s an overview of Scouting’s merito- rious action awards.

WHAT AWARDS DOES THE BSA PRESENT FORMERITORIOUS ACTION? Two recognitions are available for youth members and adult leaders who perform significant acts of service that don’t involve lifesaving attempts: the Medal of Merit and the National Certificate of Merit.

WHAT’S THE DISTINCTION BETWEENTHETWOAWARDS? The Medal of Merit rec- ognizes those who have performed acts of service of a rare or exceptional character that reflect an uncommon degree of concern for the well being of others. The National Certificate of Merit recognizes those who have performed significant acts of service that are deserving of special national recognition. In both cases, the actions must reflect Scouting skills and/or ideals.

HOWRARE ARE THESE AWARDS? In 2011, the BSA awarded 101 Medals of Merit and 57 National Certificates of Merit.

WHAT IFANACTOFSERVICE IS SIGNIFICANT BUT NOT WORTHY OF NATIONAL-LEVEL RECOGNITION? The local council may present the Local Council Certificate of Merit (No. 33732).

ARE FAMILYMEMBERS OR SIBLINGS OF SCOUTS OR SCOUTERS ELIGIBLE? No, a recipient must have been a registered member at the time of the nominated action.

WHO ELSE IS INELIGIBLE? BSA employees and trained lifesav- ers such as doctors, nurses, and EMTs who perform life- saving or meritorious actions while on duty.

HOWCANINOMINATE SOMEONE FOR AN AWARD? Find the nomination form at Then, contact your council advancement committee or volunteer recognition com- mittee. The committee must investigate the case, interview the principals and witnesses,

secure signed statements, and make a recommenda- tion within 30 days of receipt of the recommendation. You may not self-nominate. Nominations are approved by the National Court of Honor.

WHAT IF WITNESSES ARE NOT AVAILABLE? No nomination form should be forwarded without a signed statement from the applicant and at least one eyewitness.

CANMORE THAN ONEMEMBER BE RECOGNIZED FOR THE SAME INCIDENT? Yes. However, a separate application is required for each member being nominated.

IS THEREADEADLINEFOR MAKING A NOMINATION? No application may be con- sidered after a lapse of 12 months of the incident.

WHAT RECOGNITION ITEMS ARE AVAILABLE? Recipients of the Medal of Merit receive a medal with a gold and blue ribbon and pendant, as well as an embroidered blue-and-yellow square knot (No. 05025). Recipients of the National Certificate of Merit receive a printed certificate. ¿

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