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Ask the Chairman - Brotherhood Letter

January 27, 2013     Ask the Chairman

Q. Ray,
Our lodge's Vigil selection committee is considering candidates and their accomplishments. Should we use the letter they wrote for Brotherhood in our consideration of Vigil Candidates?


A. David,
What is written or fulfilled in a Brotherhood letter should not be used as criteria for Vigil selection. The sole standard for Vigil selection is found in the OA Handbook and Guide for Officers and Advisers, quoted below.

"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."

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