Vigil Honor

Vigil Membership

    From the beginning of the Order in 1915, all members have been equal. There are no ranks. As an Ordeal Member, you are entitled to all the rights and privileges of membership in the Order. Yet, so important is the induction sequence that the Order strengthened it by creating Brotherhood membership. It is an opportunity for members to evaluate their unit service since their ordeal induction. 
    Brotherhood membership is sought by Arrowmen seeking to reaffirm their belief in the high purposes of the Order. Before becoming a Brotherhood member, each Arrowman makes a special effort to serve his troop or team. Each Brotherhood member commits to even more service to Scouting through the Order. 

Working on Getting Your Vigil?

    Brotherhood members have pledged to 
serve the Order. This service takes many forms. Your Scout leader encourages 
you on, speaks well of the lodge, and gets you a ride to Order of the Arrow 
events. Your Scout leader is serving the Order. Another Scout in your unit gives 
camp promotion talks in neighboring troops. Still another Brother is training to 
be an Elangomat at the next Ordeal. Your junior assistant Scoutmaster is unit 
elections chairman. An assistant Scout leader is a carpenter who takes tools to 
camp whenever he or she goes to help the camp ranger with odd jobs. All are 
serving the Order, each in a personal way; each as other commitments permit. 
    As a Brotherhood member your first responsibility in Scouting is still your  
troop or team. Your Scout leader relies on your example, as an older, more 
experienced Scout; on your willingness to teach; on your leadership. Yet as a 
Brotherhood member you want to take on more responsibilities in the Order. 
How do you reconcile this with your responsibility to your unit? 
    Before assuming any new task, discuss it with your Scout leader. Together,  
determine how it affects your troop or team life. When your Scout leader 
knows you are working for Scouting outside your unit, he or she can better 
help you plan your activities within the unit. 
    Start by limiting yourself to responsibilities that will not conflict with your  
troop or team. For example, agree to do elections for new members only on 
nights when your unit doesn't meet. If you eventually choose to assume a lead- 
ership role in the Order, recognize that you will have less time to spend with 
your unit. As a chapter or lodge officer, you will have to plan around the needs 
of all the Brothers, not just those in your own unit. 
As you plan your service to the Order, you will want to do three things. 
    Find ways to get involved. Understand your own needs and desires. Remember,  
there are many ways to serve in the Order. You will be most successful as a 
Brotherhood member if you match your service to your needs. Finally, if you 
have the opportunity, discuss possible service with a lodge or chapter officer, 
who will cheerfully show you many ways to serve. 
    The Order of the Arrow is a service organization. It serves Scouting by  
promoting the Scout Oath and Law and especially the principles of brother
hood, cheerfulness, and service. It serves Scouting by promoting Scout camp
ing and by building and maintaining camping traditions. It serves Scouting by 
turning your habit of a daily Good Turn into a lifetime purpose of leadership in 
cheerful service. 
    Yet the Order is not some machine or strange beast. The Order is the  
Brothers who strive to fulfill its Obligation, and you are a Brother. When your 
example promotes the principles, when your help to a fellow Scout makes that 
Scout a better camper, when your daily Good Turn becomes a life of leadership 
in service, when you remember the Admonition, you are the Order.

          So You Are Vigil, Now What? 

   Feel free to join our Vigil Google Group where you will receive all news and information vigil related in our Lodge. To join fill out the form below and in the "Message" box let us know what year you received your vigil and what chapter you are in.

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Evan Henry,
Jul 20, 2013, 1:51 AM