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Lodge Award Definitions

Order of the Arrow SealThe Lodge honors individuals annually at the Lodge Banquet for the service they have provided, and the work they have performed. These awards are given to individuals who have shown exceptional Brotherhood in going beyond the expectations of the positions they have responsibility for. It is rare that any individual will receive an award for outstanding service given in a single year; as such an event would have to be extremely outstanding. Awards given are for exceptional work and service performed over several years, not just the current year.

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The following are the definitions of those awards given by our Lodge, and by National.

Distinguished Service Award:

The Distinguished Service Award was created in 1940 to honor those who rendered service to the Order beyond the Lodge level. The award is presented to those Arrowmen who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a Sectional, Regional, or National basis. The award is presented every two years during NOAC. Since the time the first awards were presented, approximately 500 Distinguished Service Awards have been presented. Presentation of the award is limited; nominations are open to both youth and adult.

National Centurion Award:

The Centurion Award aims to highlight “Hometown Heroes,” or those Arrowmen who have meaningfully contributed to the forming, maturing and ongoing operational excellence of their local council’s lodge, and who, in doing so, have or will have inspired others to follow in their footsteps. This award is a one-time recognition associated with the centennial anniversary of the OA that is bestowed by the national Order of the Arrow committee. It is modeled after a similar program in the BSA’s 100th anniversary celebration, the 2010 National Hall of Leadership. Accordingly, this recognition is an opportunity to highlight lodge development over the last century and the many individuals, both youth and adult, who were instrumental to this success. Centurion Award honorees will serve as exemplars of leadership, modeling to others a commitment to cheerful service as the Order of the Arrow enters its second century of service.

This award was just for the 2015 year.

National Founder’s Award:

Introduced at the 1981 National Order of the Arrow Conference, the Founder’s Award was created to honor and recognize those Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to their Lodge. The award is reserved for an Arrowmen who demonstrates to fellow Arrowmen that he or she memorializes in his or her everyday life the spirit of achievement as described by founder E. Urner Goodman and cofounder Carroll A. Edson. Lodges may petition the National Order of the Arrow Committee to present up to four awards annually, based on Lodge membership. If the Lodge presents more than one award, one must be to a youth under the age of 21. All nominations must be approved by the Lodge LEC and the Chief of the Fire.

A’la Award:

The A’la award is a Lodge level award. It is given to those individuals who have provided exceptional service to the Lodge, Council, or District level. Up to 6 A’la awards may be given each year, based on total Lodge membership of 1 for every 300 active members. At least 50% of the awards must be given to youth, or to an adult for youth service.

Axe Award:

The Axe award is a Lodge level award. It is presented to those members who have provided exceptional service to the Council’s camps and trails in the form of construction and or maintenance. Service to the Council on the Camping Committee should be given high consideration. A maximum of 4 Axe awards may be given each year. The award is given only to adults as it would be very difficult for a youth to provide the long term service expected.

Naatavi Award:

The Naatavi award is a Lodge level award. It was created in 1995 to honor those Arrowmen who provide outstanding service to their Lodge, and exhibit outstanding spirit in the support of Lodge traditions and culture. Naatavi, which means “Volunteer to make the Lodge better”, is given by the Lodge Adviser to members who have given consistent service over at least an 8 year period for an adult, and a 3 year period for youth. A maximum of 2 Naatavi awards may be given each year.

Lifetime Lodge Membership Award:

The Lifetime Lodge Membership Award is a Lodge level award. It is given to members for exceptional service and devotion to the Lodge consistently during a period of 20 years or greater. Once a member receives a Lifetime Lodge Membership Award he, or she, is no longer required to pay dues to the Lodge. The member must still maintain his, or her, membership in scouting to maintain an active status in the Lodge.

Camp Builder Award:

Given to Arrowmen, and non-Arrowmen, who have taken on the responsibility to complete camp projects requiring: planning, construction, volunteer work coordination, and material purchasing. No award is mandated to be given in any particular year.

Tomahawk Award:

Given to non-OA members who have contributed greatly to the construction or maintenance of Council camps and trails, or, to non OA members who have contributed many hours of service to the Lodge. The number of awards to be presented in a given year is to be determined at the time of awards selection. No awards need be presented in any given year. Recipients do NOT need to be registered Scouts or Scouters.