Lifesaving awards have been a part of the Girl Scouting program since Girl Scouting began in the United States in 1912.
The awards recognize Girl Scouts from 5 to 17 years of age, where evidence presented in accordance with prescribed regulations show that she saved or attempted to save a life under circumstances that indicate heroism.
A Lifesaving Bronze Cross is given for saving life or attempting to save life with risk to the candidate's own life. A Lifesaving Medal of Honor is given for saving life or attempting to save a life without risk to the candidate's own life. Girl Scouts of Eastern Missouri has presented 13 Lifesaving Awards to local Girl Scouts since 1981.