The Order of the Arrow provides opportunities for its members to excel and be recognized for their accomplishments. These recognitions are provided at two levels of the organization, either at the local lodge level or at the National level. Individual members may be recognized or entire lodges. The awards and honors provided here are standard throughout the organization. Individual lodges may form and provide their own local awards such as “Brother of the Year”, “Most Active Arrowman”, and other achievement awards.
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Individual Awards & Recognitions
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.
Introduced at the 1981 National Order of the Arrow Conference, the Founder’s Award recognizes Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to their lodge. The award is reserved for an Arrowman who demonstrates that he or she personifies the spirit of selfless service, as advocated by founder E. Urner Goodman and cofounder Carroll A. Edson.
A one-time recognition associated with the centennial anniversary of the Order of the Arrow that is bestowed by the national Order of the Arrow committee, the Centurion Award aims to highlight “Hometown Heroes,” or Arrowmen who exemplify servant leadership in their local council’s lodge. These Centurions have inspired others to follow in their footsteps by contributing to the legacy of their lodge.
The Distinguished Service Award is presented to Arrowmen, youth and adult, who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis.
Order of the Arrow members who have already earned or received the James E. West Fellowship can further show their financial support of Scouting and the Order by Earning the Order of the Arrow Legacy Fellowship Award.
Wipala Wiki Lodge Awards
Presented to those individuals who have provided exceptional service to the Lodge on the 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.
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 normally given only to adults as it would be very difficult for a youth to provide the long term service expected.
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 to the Lodge. For an Adult, the service is over an eight year period, for youth, it is over a three year period. A maximum of two NAATAVI awards may be given each year.
No nominations are accepted for this award. It is given at the discretion of the Lodge Adviser.
Given to members for exceptional service and devotion to the Lodge consistently during a period of 20 years or greater.
Given to those Arrowmen and non-Arrowmen who have taken on the responsibility to complete camp projects requiring the skills of planning, construction, volunteer work coordination, and materials purchasing. No award is mandated to be given in any particular year.
Nominations must be made on Award Nomination Form.
Awards Received by the Lodge
The E. Urner Goodman Award was established in 1969 as a tribute and testimonial to the Order’s founder, E. Urner Goodman. Its purpose is to encourage and challenge Order of the Arrow members and lodges to increase their effectiveness in promoting and increasing Scout camping in each council. Awards are presented to two outstanding lodges in each region annually. For a lodge to be eligible for consideration, the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award petition should be completed and forwarded with the lodge’s charter renewal application.
The National Service Award was established in 1999 to recognize lodges in each region that have performed outstanding service, both in a qualitative and a quantitative sense, to their council.