The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that an Order of the Arrow Lodge can bestow on one of its members. It is a mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reasons of exceptional service, and personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions to Scouting beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position or office. Any member of the Order of the Arrow is eligible to be recommended for nomination to the Vigil Honor, providing they have been a Brotherhood member for at least two years prior to the date of nomination, and are an active member of the Order of the Arrow. A list of eligible members was mailed out with the invitation to the Winter Fellowship. Nominations may be submitted using the form below. Nominations are due by January 6.
Registration is open for the 2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference. This year's NOAC will be held at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN from July 30-August 4, 2018.
NOAC is a gathering of OA Members from across the country participating in a week-long event packed with trainings, activities, shows, events, fellowship, and a lot of fun! What kind of activities? Native American dance and ceremony competitions, trainings for all levels of OA members, stage shows, Founder's Day activities, Area gatherings, sports competitions, patch trading, and the opportunity to meet Arrowmen from around the country.
Once each year (calendar year or “Scouting” year), a chartered Boy Scout Troop may hold a unit election to elect members of their troop to become members of the Order of the Arrow. Both youth and adult Scouts and Scouters can become members of the OA. New members aren’t elected only by the OA members in your troop; everyone in the troop votes (thereby insuring that Scouts are elected mostly by people who are not OA members). If you troop has no active OA members, that’s fine. A unit election team, trained in the latest OA election policies, will visit a regular troop meeting at your invitation to conduct the election for you.
Youth elections are held at a normal troop meeting, and take about 20 minutes to complete. In order for an election to be held, at least 50% of your youth members must be present (based on your current chartered troop membership) – if less than 50% are present, the election must be rescheduled. Only elections conducted by an official OA election team trained by Grand Monadnock Lodge will be considered valid. Members of your own troop cannot conduct an election for your troop.
Sealing your membership by becoming a Brotherhood member is a great way to show your commitment and further your experiences with the Lodge. Moving on to Brotherhood membership offers an opportunity to reaffirm one's belief in the high purposes of the Order. Each Brotherhood member commits to even more service to Scouting through the Order.
An Arrowman is eligible for Brotherhood after 10 months of service as an Ordeal member and fulfilling certain requirements. The Order of the Arrow's Jumpstart program is a great way for Arrow men to view and study these requirements, and learn more about the Order. http://jumpstart.oa-bsa.org/