Ask the Chairman
Due to military commitments, a member of our lodge is unable to keep his Vigil
with us. Can he complete his Vigil at the Lodge where he is stationed in the
military or does it have to be his home Lodge?
Thanks so much for your question; it is a good one.
Lodge Advisers who operate in or near a council which has a large military
presence experience these types of questions, frequently.
Ordinarily, we want to see Arrowmen receive their Vigil induction in their home
lodge. Under circumstances where the Arrowman is re-assigned to a new duty
station in the military, the Vigil induction doesn't have to be done by the home
lodge. This is something handled between Lodge Advisers. The home Lodge Adviser
sends the Vigil Certificate to the Lodge Adviser at the new duty station
requesting that they induct the candidate and report that induction back to the
home lodge. This is for recordkeeping. The Arrowman doesn't become a member of
the new lodge or count as one of their selections.
Please discuss this with the Adviser of your home lodge and if they have further
questions, please refer them to your Section Adviser, Region Chairman, or me for