Re: Adult Recognitions
Michael F. Bowman (mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG)
Tue, 6 Jun 1995 23:16:29 -0400
Ron Fox asked:
What are the qualifications and purposes for awarding the Vigil to anyone?
To answer as accurately as possible, let me take some of the text from the
Order of the Arrow Handbook at pp. 50-51:
"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."
". . .Membership cannot be won by a person's conscious endeavor. It comes
as a recognition of his unselfish leadership in service."
"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 his recommendation, he has ben a
Brotherhood member for a minimum of 2 years. Because the Order of the
Arrow is primarily an organization for youth, it is suggested that, in
recommending candidates for the Vigil Honor, preference be given to those
who became members of the Order as Scouts rather than to those who were
inducted into the Order as adult volunteer or professional Scouters."
Hope this helps.
Speaking only for myself in the Scouting Spirit, Michael F. Bowman
Prof. Beaver, Nat. Capital Area Council, BSA mfbowman@CAPACCESS.ORG
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City