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Lifesaving Awards

Girl Scouts have been honored since 1913 for meritorious deeds that helped save a life. Lifesaving Awards are national awards given to a registered Girl Scout who has saved or attempted to save human life under circumstances that indicate heroism or risk of her own life. These awards are reserved for those Girl Scouts who have performed acts of heroism beyond the degree of maturity and training expected for their age.

Training in health and safety is a part of the Girl Scout program. A Girl Scout, because of the Promise, Law, motto, and slogan to which she has subscribed, is expected to be resourceful, skilled, and competent – to have presence of mind and to be of service to others. Each situation has many unique factors, and many things are taken into consideration for determining if an act is of unusual bravery beyond that which is expected of a Girl Scout.

Bronze Cross


Bronze Cross
– is presented when a girl has shown special heroism or faced extraordinary risk of her own life to save another’s life or an attempt to save another life.

Medal of Honor


Medal of Honor
– presented for gallantry in saving a life or attempting to save a life without considerable risk to a girl’s life.

Volunteers can recognize a girl for acts of heroism for either of these lifesaving awards.  Contact the Program Department at programs@gsneo.org for additional details and an application.

Completed applications that meet all requirements are submitted to Girl Scouts of the USA for consideration.