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.
In selecting candidates for the Vigil Honor, we kept in mind that all candidates must be Brotherhood members for two years or longer at the time of selection by the lodge Vigil nominating committee (usually Chapter Chiefs- Brotherhood or Ordeal members- and Committee Chairs’)
In weighing ‘‘distinguished service’’ on nominated candidates, we consider arrowmen on a youth’s standard and an adult on an adult’s standard.
To maintain a proper ratio of youths to adults in awarding the Vigil Honor, the national committee has established a policy which requires that at least 50 percent of a lodge’s nominations must be for candidates younger than 21 that do not count against the quota for any given year. All nominations may be for candidates younger than 21, but no more than 50 percent may be for persons 21 years of age or older.
Nomination of professional Scouters, the council president, council camping or Boy Scout committee chairman, and camp rangers will not count against the lodge quota for total nominations. However, these nominations will count toward the policy limiting total adult nominations to a maximum of 50 percent of the total nominations submitted in a given year. Adults in this group must meet the requirement of at least two years of service as Brotherhood members.
Any arrowmen can nominate an arrowmen, seeing that the nomination fits the qualifications, by filling out the Vigil Honor Form and turning it in to the Vigil Chief.