OA Distinguished Service Award (DSA)
Steve M. Burinsky (smb@AFTERLIFE.NCSC.MIL)
Tue, 5 Sep 1995 22:42:55 -0400
> Date: Mon, 4 Sep 1995 11:19:19 CDT
> From: "Settummanque, the blackeagle" <waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU>
> However, many of the
> holders of the Distinguished Service Award have done much to emphasize
> camping in their local Council as well as in their Order of the Arrow
By virtue of the fact that they are Arrowmen!
> nominations are gathered at the
> local level and there's nothing that prevents a Lodge from supporting
> the nomination of a great Scouter that have done much work in their
> local Council (without being a sectional, regional or national
Such support is discouraged. The nomination form states "THIS FORM
CONSTITUTES THE ENTIRE NOMINATION. NO ADDITIONAL MATERIAL REQUIRED."
The emphasis is from the form. This is to discourage a large litany of
supporting letters and such.
> That was the original purpose of the award.
I'm not sure where you get that from. I am not aware that its purpose
has ever changed. From the nomination form:
The national Order of the Arrow Committee presents the
Distinguished Service Award to those Arrowmen who have
rendered outstanding service to the Order on a sectional,
area, regional, or national basis. It is given primarily
for dedicated service to the Order and Scouting over a
period of years. Only a limited number of awards can be
presented. Arrowmen whose service records are the most
outstanding and extend the farthest beyond the local
lodge level are usually selected. Both young men under
21 and adults are eligible for nomination.
> I believe at the past National OA Conference, the numbers were around
> 530 since the first awards to Edson, Goodman and eight other Arrowmen
> at the 1940 OA conference.
A total of 504 DSAs have been awarded between 1940 and 1994. At the
1940 Nation Meeting, a total of 11 were awarded, including Goodman,
edson, and James E. West.
Steve M. Burinsky
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City