Individual Awards in the Order of the Arrow and Ajapeu Lodge 33

Seeking the Arrow Award

The “Seeking the Arrow Award” seeks to encourage further participation in the lodge after the completion of the Ordeal ceremony. Recipients of this award receive a special pin, which is only able to be earned during one's first year as a member of the Order of the Arrow. Recipients complete a list of requirements, and are issued the award.

Youth/Adult of the Year

The Youth/Adult of the Year Award recognizes Arrowmen who have impacted the Lodge, Chapter, and Units in a positive way and who best exemplify the obligation of the Order of the Arrow.  Youth and Adult of the Year Awards for 2013 will be presented at the 2014 Lodge Family Banquet.

This award is given by nomination to, and action by, the Lodge Executive Committee for youth and the Lodge Adviser for adults.  The nomination form for the Youth/Adult of the Year can be found by clicking here.

Vigil Honor

The Order of the Arrow Handbook states that "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 or office to one or more of the following: their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or their 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."

This award is a locally-administered national award, and is given only by nomination to the Vigil Committee.  Nominees must have been Brotherhood members for two years prior to the selection at the first Ordeal weekend of the year.  Nominations can be made online by clicking here.  More information can be found on the national Order of the Arrow website by clicking here.

Founder's Award

The Founder’s Award was created in 1981 by the National Order of the Arrow Committee to honor and recognize  those Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to the lodge.  The award is reserved for a member who demonstrates to their fellow Arrowmen that they memorialize in their everyday life the spirit of achievement as described by the Order’s founders, Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson. While the Vigil Honor is a high mark of distinction, the Founder’s Award is used to recognize those Arrowmen, youth and adult, who have impacted the Lodge in a positive and lasting way. This is a rare and distinguished honor presented to recognize the spirit of our Founders visible in worthy Arrowmen.

This award is a locally-administered national award, and is given only by nomination to the Lodge Executive Committee.  Traditionally, one award is presented to a youth and another is presented to an adult.  Nominations can be submitted online by clicking here.  More information can be found at the national Order of the Arrow website by clicking here.

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 to three years during the National Order of the Arrow Conference. Since the time the first awards were presented, less than 1,000 Distinguished Service Awards have been awarded.
 
This is a nationally-administered award, and is given only by nomination to and action of the national Order of the Arrow committee.  Please email the lodge adviser if you wish to nominate someone for the DSA.  More information can be found on the national Order of the Arrow website by clicking here.  Nominations must be made using the form created for this purpose, which is found on the national Order of the Arrow website.

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