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.

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 following:

  • Lodge
  • Order of the Arrow
  • Scouting community
  • Scout Camp


Any member of the Order of the Arrow registered in Scouting and in good standing in a regularly chartered lodge is eligible for recommendation to the National Order of the Arrow Committee for elevation to the Vigil Honor provided that, at the time of the recommendation, the individual has been a Brotherhood member for a minimum of two years. A lodge may nominate a maximum of two percent of their registered Arrowmen once a year, through the Vigil Honor petition. At least 50 percent of all nominated must be under 21 at the time of nomination.

2021 Vigil Nomination Information

Vigil nominations are open and your participation is important! We need your help selecting qualified and deserving Arrowmen for the Vigil Honor. Nominations close on March 12th, 2021 at 11:59 PM.

Click HERE for the list of Arrowmen that meet the eligibility requirements for the Vigil Honor.

For your convenience, nominations may be submitted by the following methods:
To fill out the online form: Click HERE
To fill out the fillable PDF (either printed or electronically completed): Click HERE

Youth present at the selection meeting may not know your nominee as well as you do. This means that well written, detailed letters are very helpful in the process of making informed decisions. Additionally, all Arrowmen are encouraged to submit as many nominations for different eligible candidates as they see fit.

2021 Vigil Selection Meeting

Any youth Arrowmen that are ineligible for Vigil are invited to attend the Vigil Selection meeting to take part in the selection process! The Vigil Selection Meeting will be held on March 14 at 1:00 PM at the Council Service Center (there will also be a virtual option) with free pizza! Attending the meeting is a great opportunity to select those who you think are deserving of the Vigil Honor. The selection committee is made only of youth. This means that we need you - your input is vital to our discussion and decisions! Adults are still welcome to listen in and add input at the request of the Vigil Chair.