Eight boys from National Capital Area Council (NCAC) Boy Scouts of America (BSA) received National Court of Honor Lifesaving and Meritorious Action Awards in 2012 for remaining calm in a crisis, making quick use of Scout training and for living up to the words “to help other people at all times,” which is part of the Scout Oath.
National BSA awards for lifesaving and meritorious action are only bestowed for outstanding acts that demonstrate unusual heroism, skill or bravery and reflect scouting ideals. For purposes of the awards, "heroism" is defined as conduct exhibiting courage, daring, skill and self-sacrifice. "Skill" is defined as the ability to use one's knowledge effectively in execution or performance, with special attention given to skills earned in scouting.
Griffin Howland, Star Scout, Troop 1539, chartered to American Legion Post 180 in Vienna, received the Heroism Award for providing emergency first aid to his golf instructor.
Kevin McCormick, Eagle Scout, Troop 55, chartered to St. Francis Episcopal Church in Great Falls, received the Heroism Award for pulling an unconscious camper out of a pool.
Gerard Allen Souser III, Ordinary Seaman, Ship 1115, chartered to Immanuel Bible Church in Springfield, received a Medal of Merit for preventing a boat from sustaining damage during a violent storm.