Pack 391 of Chaska, MN was very proud to see one of its Scouts awarded the Medal of Merit. Webelos Max Huffman was awarded the medal after a heroic, life-saving swim last summer.
Max and his cousin were at a lake enjoying a summer day when they decided to swim out to a floating dock, which was above their head in water depth. Thankfully Max was wearing a life preserver, but his cousin was not. As they swam out to the dock, Max’s cousin started to get tired and was having difficulty staying afloat. Panic set in and he started to slip below the water’s surface. Max reacted quickly and calmly. He swam to his cousin and had him throw his arms around him. Max swam them both towards safety.
Pack 391 is proud of Max and the heroism he has displayed.
Pack 391, Chaska, MN
Medal of Merit
The Merit Medal honors Scouts, Venturers, and Scouters that have performed an act of meritorious service above and beyond what is normally expected of a youth or adult member of the Boy Scouts of America.
This act should demonstrate the exceptional character that reflects an uncommon degree of concern for the well-being of others. The action does not necessarily need to involve rescue or saving life, but must demonstrate some aspect of Scouting ideals or skills.
For more information on the Medal of Merit, or Honor Medal and the nominating process for the awards, see the following page on the BSA website: http://www.scouting.org/About/FactSheets/Lifesaving_Action.aspx.