OCBC Boy, 10, Awarded Rare BSA Honor for Saving Mother’s Life

Updated: Dec 27, 2020

A 10-year-old Orange County Buddhist Church member has been awarded

the Boy Scouts of America Medal of Honor — an extremely rare medal —

for saving the life of his mother.


Fifth-grader Nathan Shibata, a Webelos 2 Cub Scout Pack 578 member,

was presented the award on Oct. 2 by Orange County Council Scout

Executive Russell Etzenhouser at the pack meeting via Zoom.


The award stemmed from a Dec. 20, 2019, incident at the Shibata

household. On that day, the Shibata family — father Craig, mother Kyran

and Nathan — were having dinner. Nathan was sitting next to his mom

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