The award commemorates Malcolm "Skip" Popp, a Bowie man who died on a Boy Scout camping trip in 1971 while saving a fellow scout from drowning. Popp founded the first Cub Scout Pack at Buckingham Elementary in 1965 and was an assistant troop leader in troop 1046 when he gave his life to save one of his scouts.
To be eligible for the award, the nominee must have been registered with the Boy Scouts of America or the Girl Scouts, USA during the time of service. Candidates for the award must also meet the following guidelines:
- Have performed extraordinary and distinguished service (above and beyond what is expected of a Scout or Scout leader in the position they have held) within the Scouting unit.
- Have performed this service in the calendar year prior to the nomination deadline (calendar year 2013.)
- Have been affiliated with a Scouting group within the limits of the City of Bowie, and/or a Scouting group for which 50 percent or more of their youth members are Bowie residents.