Alertness to the needs of others is the mark of the Vigil Honor. It calls for an individual with an unusual awareness of the possibilities within each situation. 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 of office to one or more of the following: Lodge, Order of the Arrow, Scouting community, or Scout Camp. Membership cannot be won by a person's conscious endeavors. Under no circumstances should tenure in Scouting or the Order of the Arrow be considered as reason enough for a Vigil Honor recommendation.

After two years as Brotherhood, a Member is eligible to be selected for the Vigil Honor. Youth and Adult dues-paid members may be nominated for outstanding service to Scouting, their Lodge, Chapter, and the community. This honor is so special that each Lodge may only select a certain number of candidates per year, based on their number of registered Members.

  • Any current dues-paid Lodge Member can nominate another who meets the above requirements by filling out the nomination form.

  • All nomination forms are due to the Vigil Committee. The nominations will then be reviewed to make sure the nominee has 2 years as Brotherhood and their dues are paid.

  • A Vigil Selection Committee will be chosen from the active Brotherhood and Vigil Youth Members from across the Lodge. This Committee will meet to select the Lodge's candidates for that year from the previously submitted nomination forms.

  • After the nominations are finalized, they are sent to the national office for approval.

  • Following National approval, the Vigil Ceremony is held.

Vigil Member Sash

2021 Vigil Nominations

For a list of eligible members, please see this list or email

Please nominate individuals via the Google Form at this link: 2023 Online Vigil Nomination. All nomination forms are due by 11:59pm on November 12, 2022 . Nominations will not be accepted after the deadline.

If you are unable to use the Google Form, please fill out this nomination form instead and email it back to

If you have any questions about the Vigil Honor, eligibility determination, the nomination process, or anything Vigil-related, do not hesitate to email the Vigil Honor Committee at