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Citation Masterclass

Citations have two purposes:

1.       They are the only information that the individuals reviewing a nomination form can rely on to make the correct decision. So it is vital they accurately include all relevant information and details.

2.       They support the individual who presents the award (if agreed) to make the event special by allowing them to recount accurate information rather than generic statements about the type of award being presented.

Writing a citation as part of a Meritorious Conduct or Gallantry Award can appear daunting, however the nomination forms will help anyone writing a citation to structure their thoughts:

  Click here to download the most up to date Meritorious Conduct, Gallantry, Cornwell Scout Badge & Chief Scouts Personal Award Nomination Form.


By following the citation sections of the nomination forms, a full picture of the individual being nominated for an award should be covered.

General citation writing tips

  Use the nomination form to structure your citation.

  Complete the citation on a computer so that changes can easily be made.

  Do not inform the nominee that a nomination is being made. It may be necessary to approach their family in strictest confidence but make it clear that an award may not be made.

  Get someone else to read the citation who does not know the situation to see if they understand it. If not, amend the citation to answer their questions.

General citation writing tips - Meritorious Conduct/Gallantry Awards

  Remember to attach medical/emergency services evidence where relevant if this has been obtained.

  Make the nomination in a timely manner. The National Awards Advisory Group will usually only consider award nominations submitted within 12-18 months of the incident/issue.

Example citations

Awards for Gallantry

Bronze Cross example citation

Silver Cross example citation

Gilt Cross example citation

Gallantry example citation

Awards for Meritorious Conduct

Medal for Meritorious Conduct example citation

Chief Scout's Commendation for Meritorious Conduct example citation

Cornwell Scout Badge

Cornwell Scout Badge example citation


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