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Tuesday
Aug062019

Local Scouts Recognized With The Order Of The Arrow's Vigil Honor

     SCOUTS RECOGNIZED WITH THE ORDER OF THE ARROW’S VIGIL HONOR

(left to right) – The 2019’s Vigil Honor Award recipients from the Commack and Smithtown areas of the Matinecock Scout District are Michael Van Loon (Eagle Scout Candidate, Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 125, Commack, Vice Chief of the Shinnecock Lodge# 360 and Vice Chief of the Northeast 2B Section, Order of the Arrow), Brian Morse (Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 3,Smithtown, and Council Commissioner for Unit Development for the Suffolk County Council, BSA) and Daniel Jiritano (Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 125, Commack) During the Order of the Arrow’s ceremonial work weekend on June 14-16 held at Baiting Hollow Scout Camp in Calverton, the Shinnecock Lodge inducted 87 new members and also recognized Scouts and Scouters for their service and commitments to Scouting in its various forms. Nine O.A. Brothers sealed their membership in the Order of the Arrow by receiving their Brotherhood Membership during this Ordeal Weekend’s ceremonies. While induction into the Brotherhood of the Order of the Arrow is both voluntary and a personal choice, the Vigil Honor Award is the highest award that a Lodge can give, and the recipient is chosen by the youth members of the O.A.  OA members, both adults and youths, can be recognized as worthy to be honored with this award.

The Vigil Honor cannot be earned. You have to be chosen by your peers to receive it. The greatest honor that can be conferred on a member of the Order of the Arrow is the recognition of his unselfish service to the Order of the Arrow, to Scouting, to a Scout Camp, or to an O.A. Lodge. An extremely prestigious award, those honored with the Order of the Arrow Vigil Honor are chosen annually by the youth members of county-wide Shinnecock Lodge of the Suffolk County Council, Boy Scouts of America.

The 2019’s Vigil Honor Award recipients from the Commack and Smithtown areas of the Matinecock Scout District are Michael Van Loon (Eagle Scout Candidate, Senior Patrol Leader of Troop 125, Commack, Vice Chief of the Shinnecock Lodge# 360 and Vice Chief of the Northeast 2B Section, Order of the Arrow), Daniel Jiritano (Eagle Scout and Assistant Scoutmaster of Troop 125, Commack), and Brian Morse Assistant Scoutmaster Troop 3,Smithtown, and Council Commissioner for Unit Development for the Suffolk County Council, BSA)

A person must be a Brotherhood member for 2 years before he can be considered eligible for the Vigil Honor. The Vigil Honor is easily recognized by a triangle having been placed in the middle of the arrow’s stem on the red and white OA sash.  The first Vigil Honor was given out in 1915 to the founder of the O.A., E. Urner Goodman. 

 

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