Vigil Honor

Vigil Nomination Form (paper version): HERE

Vigil Nomination (online version): HERE

Vigil Eligibility List: HERE

Vigil Form deadline: April 15

Alertness to the needs of others is the mark of the Vigil Honor. It calls for an individual with an unusual awareness of the possibilities within each situation.

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

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 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, found in the annual re-charter packet. At least 50 percent of all nominated must be under 21 at the time of nomination.


Vigil Selection Policy (as of 2016)

  1. Eligibility Requirements
    1. To be considered in the voting process for vigil candidacy, a member must:
      1. Have held their brotherhood standing for a minimum of two years as of the date of the VNC;
      2. Be in good standing with the Lodge and be current dues paid by Winter Fellowship, unless the Vigil Chief has set another date, of which is up to his own discretion;
      3. Be a currently registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
    2. No publications will be sent to those who are Vigil eligible, but a list of what members are eligible will be published on April 1st of each year. Nominations shall be confidential until the opening of VNC.
  2. Candidacy Requirements
    1. To be considered a candidate for the Vigil honor for Wahissa Lodge #118, a member must:
      1. Be nominated through a full, confidential nomination form, no later than April 15th, which must include:
        1. Signatures of recommendation from two Wahissa Lodge Members;
        2. A photo of the nominee to be shown at the VNC;
        3. Up-to-date information on the nominee and a complete service history and biography.
      2. Be elected by at least a 50% plus 1 vote by the members of the Vigil Nominating Committee
  3. Vigil Nominating Committee
    1. The Vigil Nominating Committee shall meet on the Friday night of Spring Fellowship to conduct the elections.
    2. The Vigil Nominating Committee shall be consist of:
      1. Vigil Chief
      2. Lodge Chief
      3. Vigil Adviser
      4. Lodge Adviser
      5. Lodge Staff Adviser
      6. Chapter Chiefs
      7. One non-vigil eligible youth member from each chapter
      8. Chapter Advisers
      9. Current active Vigil Youth
      10. Current active Vigil Adults
    3. Only youth members of the Vigil Nominating Committee will be allowed voting privileges.
    4. Each member of the Vigil Nominating Committee, aside from active Vigil youth and adults, must have one reserve arrowman that is not Vigil-eligible to represent them in the instance that a committee member is unable to attend the meeting or is Vigil-eligible.
      1. Lodge Key 3 reserves must be Vigil honor members
    5. The names of all Vigil Nominating Committee members representing Chapters, including reserves, must be sent in writing to the Vigil Chief and Vigil Adviser no later than May 1st of each year.
    6. All members of the Vigil Nominating Committee, including reserves, must be dues paid by May 1stof each year, or they must forfeit their seat in the committee, and that of their reserve.
    7. Chapter Chiefs, Chapter Representatives, and Chapter Advisers must arrive to the Vigil Nominating Committee meeting 30 minutes early for preparations required in conducting the meeting. Those who do not arrive early may be asked not to enter the meeting upon their arrival.
    8. The final discretion of who may speak and the length of time at which each person may speak, is determined by the Vigil Chief, as the moderator of the meeting.

Vigil Selection Policy (as of 2015)

In amendment to the 2016 Vigil Selection Policy, the following regulations will change as follows, but only for the year of 2015:

With the recommended use of the Vigil Nomination form, on the floor nominations, previously compared to “marking”, will be accepted under the condition that they are seconded by another member of the Vigil Nominating Committee


Any two members of Wahissa Lodge may nominate a Vigil eligible member to the Vigil Nominating Committee. In 2015, Wahissa Lodge moved to a new PAPER Vigil Nomination Form. This form is a fillable PDF – it can be filled in on the computer before printing or be printed and filled in by hand. In 2016, Wahissa is also implementing a new ONLINE Vigil Nomination Form that can be submitted online. Click HERE for that version.

Vigil Eligibility List: HERE

Form Deadline: April 15, 2016.

Forms may be sent to:
Old Hickory Council
Wahissa Lodge – Vigil Nomination
6600 Silas Creek Parkway
Winston-Salem, NC  27106

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