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Meritorious Conduct example citations

Chief Scouts Commendation for Meritorious Conduct

Name: Alison Kit

1. Reason for the award nomination

Outline the incident or condition that’s been brought to your attention. Please be as specific as possible about dates and include as much detail as possible to help the National Awards Advisory Group understand the situation.

Alison was at work on a mid-week day (school holidays), with only her and the manageress on duty. There were not many people in the shop and so the two were chatting and watching the world outside. Across the High Street the bus had just pulled away, leaving the alighted passengers on the footpath. One of the female passengers collapsed to the ground. The manageress gave permission for Alison to go to help, because she knew some first aid. Alison had completed a full first aid course with St. John Ambulance as part of her skills learning in the Scouts. Alison arrived and with another passenger, began assessing the situation. Initially a pulse could be felt and the lady was gasping, so Alison moved the lady into the recovery position. Someone else telephoned for help. After a few moments the pulse had disappeared, so with help, Alison moved the lady onto her back and began CPR. She continued this for more than 10 minutes, until the ambulance crew arrived and took over the situation.

Alison gave her name to the Police, who had also arrived and then returned to the shop to a much-needed cup of tea with lots of sugar.

2. Involvement in Scouts

Outline what the nominee does in/for Scouts and their usual character.

Alison is a member of our Explorer unit, who has ago at everything and enjoys life to the full. She attends a local secondary school and is very well liked. She has a Saturday Job in the village in a book and sweet shop, which is located on the High Street.

3. Key achievements and outcome

What has the nominee achieved (for themselves or others) by dealing with the incident or despite their condition?

Alison acted promptly and used her first aid knowledge to keep the lady who collapsed alive. The ambulance crew were most complimentary and stated that Alison's actions had been key in keeping the lady alive until they reached the scene.

4. Personal challenges

Think about the main challenges or risks that the nominee has had to overcome. For acts of bravery did they put their life at risk, and if so, how? If undergoing treatment for a medical condition, how has this affected them and what is the long-term prognosis?

None.

5. Other community recognition

Outline any other recognition the nominee has received relating to the incident or condition described above. Examples could include: recognition from the emergency services or other organisations. Please also list the name and dates of any related awards received by the nominee.

Alison received a letter of commendation from the local Ambulance Service in recognition of her prompt action.

6. Witness statements/evidence

Detail all external support for this nomination. Examples could include: statements from eye-witnesses, the emergency services, doctors or medical specialists or newspaper cuttings etc.

Dear Sir,

Alison's actions on the day that lady collapsed was superb. I watched from across the street. She was calm and took control of the situation. I was so impressed with her. Unfortunately, about 10 days later a man came into the shop asking after Alison, wishing to thank her for her actions. It was the ladies’ husband. He explained that sadly the lady had had a massive heart attack and did not survive, but that he wanted to thank Alison for all of her efforts and that the Police had given him her name and where she worked.

Alison was not in work that day, but I was able to pass on his thanks.

Signed The Manageress.

Chief Scouts Commendation for Meritorious Conduct

Name: Jack Climb

1. Reason for the award nomination

Outline the incident or condition that’s been brought to your attention. Please be as specific as possible about dates and include as much detail as possible to help the National Awards Advisory Group understand the situation.

Jack was involved in a very serious road traffic accident whilst driving a lorry at work which resulted in the fire brigade spending two hours cutting him free.

He was taken to hospital with multiple fractures to his left leg and arm, two broken ribs and injury to his left foot.

Jack had to undergo several operations to plate and screw the breaks and plastic surgery to reconstruct his foot.

During his stay in hospital over the Christmas period, he occupied himself with reading books about Scouting and thinking of programme ideas. When he was finally discharged from hospital, he wasted no time was quickly back to attend Scout meetings.

Jack has become involved in all Group activities again and attended family camp this July. Unfortunately, by the end of July he was back in hospital for more reconstructive surgery and missed the summer camp.

2. Involvement in Scouts

Outline what the nominee does in/for Scouts and their usual character.

Jack is a leader at the Group he first joined as a Cub. He has a real commitment to providing young people with the opportunities he benefitted from himself. Ordinarily he leads on organising the weekly programme and running nights away activities. He works well with the whole leadership team, and his positive outlook was greatly missed while he was away from the Group in hospital.

3. Key achievements and outcome

What has the nominee achieved (for themselves or others) by dealing with the incident or despite their condition?

Whilst in hospital, Jack wanted to continue helping the Group as much as possible. He came up with a number of new programme ideas, and shared these with the rest of the leadership team. Despite not being able to be with the Group, he continued in his usual role of organising the weekly programme. As he was not able to be at the first few meetings of the new term, he spoke with the other leaders before and after each session to find out how the activities went. As the young people in the Troop missed having Jack at the weekly meetings, he recorded a video to update them on his condition and to let them know what he would be able to do when he could return.

After he was discharged, Jack was back at Scouts as quickly as possible. Given the nature of his injuries, he had to be far less involved in running games and activities than he had been before. However, he still went every week when he could offer support and encouragement to young people and leaders alike.

He was part of the organising team for the Group’s Family Camp in July. Whilst he was still off work, he volunteered to lead on the organisation of the camp and its programme. Because of his recovery, he wasn’t able to camp or to be as involved in the activities as he would have liked to be. However, he joined the camp each day and did as much as he could. He gets on well with all members of the Group, and seeing how much Jack enjoys Scouting even prompted one parent to volunteer as a Section Assistant.

Jack was planning to attend the Scout Troop’s summer camp in August, but by the time of the camp was back in hospital. He was extremely disappointed to miss this. When the Troop returned in September, he was able to join a meeting where the Scouts shared some photographs of the activities they completed.

4. Personal challenges

Think about the main challenges or risks that the nominee has had to overcome. For acts of bravery did they put their life at risk, and if so, how? If undergoing treatment for a medical condition, how has this affected them and what is the long-term prognosis?

Jack’s progress is very slow with more operations to face, but he still manages to stay cheerful and doesn’t let his personal suffering affect his Scouting. Given the circumstances, Jack could have decided to stop his involvement with the Troop, but he has instead found new ways of supporting them through a particularly challenging period.

In the circumstances, it would be appropriate to recognise Jack for his cheerful determination despite his difficulties.

5. Other community recognition

Outline any other recognition the nominee has received relating to the incident or condition described above. Examples could include: recognition from the emergency services or other organisations. Please also list the name and dates of any related awards received by the nominee.

None.

6. Witness statements/evidence

Detail all external support for this nomination. Examples could include: statements from eye-witnesses, the emergency services, doctors or medical specialists or newspaper cuttings etc.

A report from the hospital and a letter from Jack’s employer are included with this citation.

Chief Scouts Commendation for Meritorious Conduct

Name: Joe Expedition

1. Reason for the award nomination

Outline the incident or condition that’s been brought to your attention. Please be as specific as possible about dates and include as much detail as possible to help the National Awards Advisory Group understand the situation.

Joe was one of four Explorer Scouts taking part in their Explorer Belt in The Netherlands, a ten-day expedition by cycle along the LF cycle route from Brussels to Amsterdam and back.

It was during the cycle ride on their return to the ferry, that a car hit the cyclist from behind, seriously injuring all four Scouts. The driver stopped but was in shock. Joe took control and put his first aid training into use. Fred and Barry were unconscious and Barry was also bleeding heavily from a gash in his leg. The third Scout Harry had a broken arm and was very distressed.

Although bleeding himself, Joe did an amazing job, he calmed the French driver and asked him to ring for an ambulance and to stop the oncoming traffic (as the bicycles and camping equipment was strewn all over the road).

Joe checked the two unconscious Scouts vital signs as he had been trained, and put them both into the recovery position at the side of the road, stemmed the blood flowing from Barry’s leg wound and then calmed Harry before checking him over and putting his broken arm into a sling.

His quick thinking and calm actions in dealing with the situation is a true inspiration to others in Scouting.

2. Involvement in Scouts

Outline what the nominee does in/for Scouts and their usual character.

Joe has his Chief Scout's Diamond Award and is a Young Leader helping at Cubs every week.

3. Key achievements and outcome

What has the nominee achieved (for themselves or others) by dealing with the incident or despite their condition?

Joe took charge of a very serious situation.

4. Personal challenges

Think about the main challenges or risks that the nominee has had to overcome. For acts of bravery did they put their life at risk, and if so, how? If undergoing treatment for a medical condition, how has this affected them and what is the long-term prognosis?

Joe carried out first aid on his three friends, despite being injured himself.

5. Other community recognition

Outline any other recognition the nominee has received relating to the incident or condition described above. Examples could include: recognition from the emergency services or other organisations. Please also list the name and dates of any related awards received by the nominee.

None.

6. Witness statements/evidence

Detail all external support for this nomination. Examples could include: statements from eye-witnesses, the emergency services, doctors or medical specialists or newspaper cuttings etc.

French medical services commended Joe’s actions. See enclosed letter.

Medal for Meritorious Conduct

Name: Jill Troop

1. Reason for the award nomination

Outline the incident or condition that’s been brought to your attention. Please be as specific as possible about dates and include as much detail as possible to help the National Awards Advisory Group understand the situation.

Jill was four years old when she was diagnosed with leukaemia in December 1992. She responded well to chemotherapy and the illness was brought under control for two years with first line treatment. In January 1995, the leukaemia returned and Jill had to undergo further treatment. Again the initial response to this was good, but eighteen months later, whilst still receiving treatment, there was a third recurrence. After yet again bringing the illness under control, she underwent a bone marrow transplant in December 1997. Although this was successful, the leukaemia returned only six months later. Unfortunately, due to the rejection of all treatment, Jill is now terminally ill.

2. Involvement in Scouts

Outline what the nominee does in/for Scouts and their usual character.

Jill joined the Movement as a Cub Scout aged eight and enjoys attending and participating in all Scouting activities as and when treatment allowed. She was a determined Cub with a good sense of humour. Jill was also a sixer and took the responsibilities of this role very seriously.

She was invested into Scouts when she turned eleven and still refused to let the illness stand in the way of success as she completed many activity badges. She would join us on camps, with support from her parents, and join in activities. Jill completed lots of activity badges and used these as a way of distraction when undergoing treatment.

3. Key achievements and outcome

What has the nominee achieved (for themselves or others) by dealing with the incident or despite their condition?

Jill has continued to Scout, she has helped to give an insight into her condition to other scouts in the group and has raised vital funds for CLIC (Cancer and Leukaemia in Childhood) Sargent UK, raising over £3000 through JustGiving, sponsored walks and event evenings.

4. Personal challenges

Think about the main challenges or risks that the nominee has had to overcome. For acts of bravery did they put their life at risk, and if so, how? If undergoing treatment for a medical condition, how has this affected them and what is the long-term prognosis?

Jill has shown great courage and fortitude during many years of painful hospital treatment and her cheerful and positive determination despite this, is an example to all others in Scouting. She always does her best and is keen for people to let her see her as just a ‘normal’ person.

5. Other community recognition

Outline any other recognition the nominee has received relating to the incident or condition described above. Examples could include: recognition from the emergency services or other organisations. Please also list the name and dates of any related awards received by the nominee.

None.

6. Witness statements/evidence

Detail all external support for this nomination. Examples could include: statements from eye-witnesses, the emergency services, doctors or medical specialists or newspaper cuttings etc.

Attached letter from Jill’s Doctor

Attached letter from Jill’s District Commissioner.

Attached letter from Jill’s parents.

Medal for Meritorious Conduct

Name: Nicola Lake

1. Reason for the award nomination

Outline the incident or condition that’s been brought to your attention. Please be as specific as possible about dates and include as much detail as possible to help the National Awards Advisory Group understand the situation.

Nicola was a passenger in a car along with her eldest brother and younger cousin. All three were sitting on the back seat and Nicola was sitting in the middle with her brother on her left and cousin on the right. They were all wearing seat belts, although Nicola’s was a lap strap.

The car, which was being driven by Nicola’s Aunt, was involved in a head on collision with another car and both drivers lost their lives.

All three young people were seriously injured, Nicola’s brother received fractures to his arm, elbow and wrist and to his leg. Their three year old cousin had a broken neck and Nicola received horrific internal and spinal injuries.

In the days and weeks that followed the accident, the Intensive Care Unit said how Nicola had shown great determination to fight for her life and this undoubtedly saw her through this very critical time.

Nicola was discharged from hospital some months later and although she knew that she would spend the rest of her life in a wheelchair, she was not daunted with the prospect and she couldn’t wait to get back to her friends at school and Cubs.

2. Involvement in Scouts

Outline what the nominee does in/for Scouts and their usual character.

Cubs, Scout Band.

3. Key achievements and outcome

What has the nominee achieved (for themselves or others) by dealing with the incident or despite their condition?

NA

4. Personal challenges

Think about the main challenges or risks that the nominee has had to overcome. For acts of bravery did they put their life at risk, and if so, how? If undergoing treatment for a medical condition, how has this affected them and what is the long-term prognosis?

Nicola has undergone several spinal operations since the accident and has shown great courage. She attended Cubs only a matter of three months after the accident and is determined to finish her Chief Scout Award with her friends.

Nicola even attended the District Camp recently, she slept in a specially adapted tent with her Mum.

She has also resumed her duties in the Scout Band where she plays the violin.

Nicola is a very brave and courageous young lady who is determined to live life to the full despite her disability.

5. Other community recognition

Outline any other recognition the nominee has received relating to the incident or condition described above. Examples could include: recognition from the emergency services or other organisations. Please also list the name and dates of any related awards received by the nominee.

Her school Head Teacher is amazed at Nicola’s determination not to let anything stop her from getting on with life and takes part fully in everything. Nicola was recently awarded the Head Teachers Amazing Student Award.

6. Witness statements/evidence

Detail all external support for this nomination. Examples could include: statements from eye-witnesses, the emergency services, doctors or medical specialists or newspaper cuttings etc.

NA

Meritorious Conduct Award

Lucy was taking part in a ‘Clap for Carers’ doorstep event one Thursday during the first COVID-19 lockdown. She noticed an elderly neighbour had tripped on her doorstep and was having difficulty getting up. Understanding the social distancing was necessary but still mindful of the needs of the neighbour she went to investigate.

On entering the front gate, Lucy found the elderly lady had fallen and cut her head and was a little dazed. Lucy raised the alarm for the emergency services and asked for support from the other neighbours to provide her with a mask and gloves in addition to some material to assist with the bleeding. Once all this was in place, Lucy stayed with the neighbour at a safe distance to help reassure her in addition to instructing how to apply pressure to the head wound. Lucy stayed with the patient until the ambulance service arrived and provided a full handover of the incident and support given.

This showed great courage at a time when it would have been so easy to just wait for the medical support to arrive. Lucy’s willingness to assist and think of what was possible showed great Scout spirit.

Meritorious Conduct Award

Alex is a Cub Scout. A number of Alex’s relatives unfortunately developed COVID-19 during 2020. The restrictions on everyday life meant that this was already a very challenging time for Alex. Alex had seen on the news how peoples’ symptoms can worsen very quickly, and when Alex noticed this happening in one relative, Alex called for help. Alex was able to calmly and clearly explain what was happening and why this was so concerning. The relative needed hospital treatment, and the medical staff their praised Alex’s response.

During one online Cub meeting, Alex explained what had happened. This allowed the other Cubs to better understand the impact of COVID-19 and how quickly someone’s condition can worsen, as well as reminding them of the importance of following COVID-19 restrictions in order to protect their families and others.

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