The Vigil Honor

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

  • 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.


Any member of the Order of the Arrow who, at the time of recommendation, has been a Brotherhood
member for a minimum of two years is eligible for recommendation to the National Order of the Arrow
Committee for elevation to the Vigil Honor. A Lodge may nominate a maximum of two percent of their
registered Arrowmen once a year. At least 50 percent of all those nominated must be youth, under 21,
at the time of nomination.

Nomination Process

Each year the Lodge strives to recognize its most worthy members with the Vigil Honor. These selections
are made with great care, and only after thorough consideration. The nomination form has been designed
to provide the necessary information to assist the selection committee with making these important
decisions. Nominations may be made by returning a vigil nomination form to the council's service center or by email to lodge Nominations may also be made in person before the selection committee (a complete form will also be required with in-person nominations). The Vigil Selection committee is comprised of only Youth members. Adults do not vote for Vigil Honor recipients.

2019 Vigil Nomination Dates

  • Feb. 6th - Advance nomination forms are due. This provides time to print and ensure all nominations are presented to the committee.
  • Feb. 9th - Vigil Selection Meeting at the council service center - Open Nominations will begin at 3:30 pm