Harford Chapter

Nentico Lodge, 12

Order of the Arrow

The Vigil Honor

What is the Vigil Honor?

The Vigil Honor is the highest honor that the Order of the Arrow can bestow upon its members for service to lodge, council, and Scouting. Membership cannot be won by a person's conscious endeavors.

Who should be considered?

The Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction and recognition reserved for those Arrowmen who, by reason of exceptional service, personal effort, and unselfish interest, have made distinguished contributions beyond the immediate responsibilities of their position of office to one or more of the following:

  • Lodge

  • Order of the Arrow

  • Scouting community

  • Scout Camp

Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation.

Who is eligible?

Any member of the Order of the Arrow registered in Scouting and in good standing in a regularly chartered lodge is eligible for recommendation to the National Order of the Arrow Committee for elevation to the Vigil Honor provided that, at the time of the recommendation, the individual has been a Brotherhood member for a minimum of two years. A lodge may nominate a maximum of two percent of their registered Arrowmen once a year, through the Vigil Honor petition, found in the annual re-charter packet. At least 50 percent of all nominated must be under 21 at the time of nomination.

How do we select Vigil Honor Members?

Every year the Nentico Lodge Awards Committee solicits nominations for the Vigil Honor. Nominations are due at the Nentico Lodge Banquet and must be turned into the Lodge Awards Committee Chairperson. The Lodge Award Committee then meets at a later date in order to review all nominations. A nominee must receive at least 51% of the youth vote at the Lodge Awards Committee Meeting in order to be recommended for the Vigil Honor. Youth nominees are reviewed and voted on first as the number of adults selected for the Vigil Honor may not exceed the number of nominated youth. After the votes have been cast for all nominees. Those that received 51% of the vote are submitted to the Lodge Key 3 and the Council Scout Executive for final approval. Once the nominees are approved they will then be called out during a Vigil Callout held at the Nentico Lodge Spring Fellowship or Fall Fellowship, after which they will hold their Vigil.

If you wish to nominate an individual for the Vigil Honor please complete the nomination form found here.