The Distinguished Service Award (DSA) was created in 1940 to honor those persons who render service to the Order beyond the lodge level. The award is presented to those OA members who render distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, and/or national basis. It is given primarily for dedicated service to the Order and Scouting over a period of years. The award is presented every two to three years during the National Order of the Arrow Conference. Youth members under 21 and adults (volunteer and professional) are eligible for nomination. Nominations will not be accepted or considered for posthumous awards. All DSA nominations must be received by the OA National Director no later than 5 pm (CST) on January 31, 2020.
The Red Arrow Award, for distinguished service to the Order, is presented by the National Order of the Arrow Committee to either non-Scouters or Scouters who are not members of the OA. This service may take many forms and should involve a significant period of time, as opposed to a single event. Only a limited number of awards will be presented; therefore, only those nominees whose accomplishments are of the highest order will be recognized. Nominations will not be accepted or considered for posthumous awards. Red Arrow Award nominations must be received by the OA National Director no later than 5 pm (CST) on January 31, 2020.
Recommendations for the DSA and the Red Arrow Award must be submitted using the appropriate nomination form, which can be found at https://oa-bsa.org/program/awards.
Thank you in advance for submitting nominees for the Distinguished Service Award and the Red Arrow Award.