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. Vigil membership 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.