Ask the Chairman
We have encountered some confusion as to when someone can be awarded the Vigil Honor. Are the two years of service required at the time of selection for Vigil or at the time of the Vigil induction ceremony?
Thank you for your question. In the new OA Handbook, on pages 48 and 49, the
Vigil Honor discussion includes unselfish interest, exceptional service, and the
ability of Arrowmen to conduct themselves, at all times, in accordance with the
ideals of scouting. On page 49, the OA handbook further states that an Arrowman
needs to be a "Brotherhood member for a minimum of two years", "at the time of
recommendation" to the national Order of the Arrow committee.
According to the OA Guide to Officers and Advisers, on page 31, it states,
"In selecting candidates for the Vigil Honor, keep in mind
that all candidates must have been Brotherhood members for two years or longer
at the time of selection by the lodge Vigil nominating committee."
So, the OA handbook uses the word "recommendation," while the Guide to
Officers and Advisers uses the word, "selection," but the meaning is the same.
An Arrowman must have served for at least two years as a Brotherhood member
before being eligible to be considered, selected, or recommended to the national
I understand certain individuals, in the past, may have been inducted before
this time by their respective lodges due to calculation errors. There is no
national waiver of this two year requirement. We do leave it up to the
individual lodges, and the individual Arrowman, to be certain that this two year
requirement is fulfilled before an Arrowman is bestowed the Vigil Honor.
However, those individuals who were previously bestowed the Vigil Honor should
still be treated with the courtesy and respect of an Arrowman and honored as a
Vigil member of the Lodge.
Yours in Service,