Centennial Update: The Arrowman Service Award

By Aaron Shepherd

Members of the Order of the Arrow will soon be able to celebrate the organization's 100th anniversary by working to complete the Arrowman Service Award. This award, which some are referring to as "the sash patch," will be recognized as one of the few patches that have ever been approved by the national committee to be worn on one's Order of the Arrow sash.

The purposes of the ASA are to encourage Arrowmen to recommit themselves to the ideals of the Order, strengthen their commitments to their local councils, and take part in the 100th anniversary events. The award will have 3 categories of criteria with various requirements that Arrowmen can complete. These include components on personal growth, service to Scouting, and participation in the centennial celebration.

The ASA's development has been similar to previous awards created for significant anniversaries of the Order. During the 60th anniversary, Arrowmen could earn the Bicentennial Award. The Order's history website provides more information on the details of past awards, and helps to give an idea of what the 100th anniversary award will be like.

Members will be able to begin working on the Arrowman Service Award during the 99th anniversary of the Order. The ASA will be available starting on July 16th of this year, and Arrowmen can continue working towards its completion through December 31st, 2015. More information about the requirements and patch design will be released soon so stay tuned!

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