Re: OA Distinguished Service Award (DSA)
Settummanque, the blackeagle (waltoml@WKUVX1.WKU.EDU)
Wed, 6 Sep 1995 23:03:58 CDT
"Steve M. Burinsky" <smb@AFTERLIFE.NCSC.MIL> writes:
>> 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.
Again, there's NOTHING that prevents a Lodge from nominating an
outstanding Scouter, whom have done work at the Section basis in
addition to his or her leadership in a Troop or Post, and "supporting
the nomination" by having the nomination signed by the Lodge Chief or
Chief of the Fire (the Council Scout Executive). It's been done
before in the recent past, and is how several youth members receive
You are correct that the form is the ONLY FORM of nomination. A lodge
or a local Council, cannot for instance, run a petition for a
nomination. This is the same way that other BSA special awards
are limited, as well.
>> 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.
But it HAS...slightly.
Back in the 60s and 70s, the award was the only recognition that the
BSA had to present to outstanding Scouters for service to the
Council's camping program (and in of itself, the Order of the Arrow,
and the Council's program). Many of those DSAs which were presented
were given to Scouters that served as Sectional Advisors or as
Regional Advisors when the BSA had 12 or 6 Regions instead of the
current 4. For instance, in the late 70s, Kirk White, the National Explorer
President and one of the Regional Vice Presidents, Rick Horne, both
were presented the DSA for service to *Exploring* as well as the Order
of the Arrow.
As the BSA created new awards for service by Scouters in the 70s and
80s, the DSA's specialness returned and the "requirements" changed.
That was about the same time as the OA introduced the Red Arrow Award
for presentation to non-Arrowmen whom have contributed to the success
of the Order of the Arrow's program or to Scouting. Later on, the
Founder's Award was reformulated and refined to give Lodges the
opportunity to present a "national award" to someone in the Lodge.
[NOTE: this is ANOTHER AWARD which can be presented to those
hard-working Scouters in your Council....many Scouters are also hard
at work in the Order, so the award could be presented.]
Look, if you will, at the OA Handbook from the 70s and 60s as opposed
to the current statement found in the present OA Handbook. The word
"and Scouting" is inserted in the older versions:
The national Order of the Arrow Committee presents the
Distinguished Service Award to those Arrowmen who have
rendered outstanding service to the Order *and to Scouting*
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.
>> 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.
That's not what the Order of the Arrow Handbook says, on page 84 and
" 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. It is given primarily for **dedicated service to the Order and
Scouting over a period of years.** The first were presented at Camp
Twin Echo, Pennsylvania, to E. Urner Goodman, Carroll A. Edison and
*eight others* at the 1940 national meeting. Between 1940 and the
first national conference in 1948, the award was presented at national
meetings as deserving individuals were found. ...... Arrowmen whose
*service records* are the most outstandind and extend farthest beyond
others in *the local lodge* are usually selected. Nominations are
open to both youth and adult Arrowmen. Nominations must be made on
form No. 24-201."
(the stars indicate MY emphasis, not the book's)
Sorry about the number of DSA presented....I use books and paper as
much as I can, rather than just depending on my head and memory!
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