Nominations for the Distinguished Service Award and Red Arrow Award Class of 2024 are due by 5 p.m. CST on January 31, 2024.
The Distinguished Service Award was created in 1940 to honor those who serve the Order beyond the lodge level. The award is presented to those Arrowmen who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis. It has been given primarily for dedicated service to the Order and Scouting for years.
The Red Arrow Award was created in 1967 to recognize individuals who are not members of the Order of the Arrow for outstanding service to the Order.
New Submission Process
We are pleased to announce that we have opened an online portal for DSA and Red Arrow nominations! That portal can be found at: https://forms.oa-bsa.org. We are STRONGLY encouraging all nominators to use the online submission portal. While the traditional paper forms can still be used, they must be submitted to the national office by the same deadlines as above.
A couple of notes:
The nominator will sign into the portal with their ArrowID. If they don’t have an account, they will be able to create one as they log in. The nominator creates the nomination and submits all the biographical information online.
There is the opportunity to upload one letter of support for the nomination. This is outside of the justification for the nomination that the nominator completes online. The nominator must upload the council signature page (available for download on the portal). The nominator must obtain all signatures required from the local council and then upload a single signature page.
The nominator will no longer need to send the nomination for region approval. The region chairs will do their approval process on the portal alleviating the need to get the forms to the region chair and submitted prior to the deadline.
The portal will close on January 31, 2024, at 5 p.m. CST
If it is necessary to use a paper nomination, forms can be found at https://oa-bsa.org/resources/forms#indnom.