Order of the Arrow Distinguished Service Award
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. Young
men under 21 and adults (volunteer and professional) are eligible for nomination.
Nominations will not be accepted or considered for posthumous awards.
The Distinguished Service Award was created in 1940 to honor those who rendered
service to the Order of the Arrow beyond the lodge level. Since the time of the
first awards given in 1940, approximately 500 Distinguished Service Awards have
Nominations are open to both youth and adult, and must be made on form
No. 24-201. Nominations
must be approved by the Lodge Chief, Lodge Advisor, Council Scout Executive, who
then forwards the application to the Region OA Chairman or staff Advisor. If the
region concurs, the nomination is sent to the National Office. Nominations must
be received by the OA Director prior to February 1 of each national conference year.
The actual award is a sterling silver arrowhead, bearing an arrow pointing upward
and to the wearer's right, suspended from a white neck-ribbon upon which are embroidered
red arrows. A picture of the award is below. Presentation of the award is limited.
The white on red square knot badge shown above is worn on the uniform to identify
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August 28, 2008