OA Awards

Each Year the Pellissippi Lodge presents awards to the Arrowmen that they feel is most deserving. Pellissippi Lodge Awards are awarded each year at the Winter Banquet.

Founders Award

Introduced at the 1981 National Order of the Arrow Conference, the Founder's Award recognizes Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to their lodge. The award is reserved for an Arrowman who demonstrates that he or she personifies the spirit of selfless service, as advocated by founder E. Urner Goodman and cofounder Carroll A. Edson.

The award is a handsome bronze medallion bearing the likenesses of E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson, with a wooden base and a brass plate suitable for engraving.  Available for uniform wear is a gold-colored arrow suspended from a red ribbon.

Pellissippi Lodge may petition the national Order of the Arrow committee to present two awards annually. The Lodge may present two awards to youth or one to a youth member and one adult.

Pellissippi 230 Lodge Founders Award recipients

Vigil Honor

Each year the Pellissippi Lodge has the opportunity to award the Vigil Honor to deserving Lodge members. The maximum number of recipients is determined by the Lodge re-charter number submitted to the National Order of the Arrow Office. The Lodge Chief will select a Vigil Chairman/Chief to be responsible for the vigil process in the Lodge. The committee will be formed to oversee the nomination, election, and vigil experience of each vigil nominee. The committee will be composed of the Chairman, Lodge Chief, one representative from each Chapter, and the Lodge Adviser and Committee Adviser. The committee will need to meet prior to the winter banquet and make their decisions based on nomination forms turned into the Lodge at the Council Service Center or to the Vigil Chairman.

The Distinguished Service Award (DSA)

The Distinguished Service Award was created in 1940 to honor those who rendered service to the Order beyond the lodge level. The award is presented to Arrowmen, youth and adult, who have rendered distinguished and outstanding service to the Order on a sectional, regional, or national basis. The award is presented at National Order of the Arrow Conferences. Since the time the first awards were presented, less than 1000 Distinguished Service Awards have been awarded.

The award is a sterling silver arrowhead bearing an arrow pointing up and to the wearer's right. The award is suspended from a white neck-ribbon on which red arrows are embroidered. A white square knot embroidered on red cloth is available for uniform wear and a silver arrowhead lapel pin is available for civilian wear.

The E. Urner Goodman Award

The E. Urner Goodman Award was established in 1969 as a tribute and testimonial to the Order's founder, E. Urner Goodman. Its purpose is to encourage and challenge Order of the Arrow members and lodges to increase their effectiveness in promoting and increasing Scout camping in each council. Awards are presented to two outstanding lodges in each region annually. For a lodge to be eligible for consideration, the E. Urner Goodman Camping Award petition should be completed and forwarded with the lodge's charter renewal application. The Pellissippi Lodge has received the award twice, once in 1997 and again in 2005.

Innovation Award

The national Order of the Arrow Innovation Award, established in 2012, seeks to recognize chapters and lodges for their efforts in improving our program and provides a means to chronicle the best ideas, promoting and sharing them nationwide as "best practices." It recognizes innovation at every level of the organization, and as such, any idea that has been proven to positively impact the chapter, lodge, district, council, or Scouting will be considered.

Josh Sain Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship was established in 1998 to honor the spirit and the memory of Josh Sain, a former National Vice Chief of the Order of the Arrow. The scholarships are provided to immediate past National and Regional Officers, and immediate past section chiefs upon completion of their successful service of their terms. All awards are selected on merit and based on performance in their respective roles and academic achievements while serving in one of the roles mentioned above.

The Legacy of Servant Leadership Lifetime Achievement Award

The Lifetime Achievement Award was created by the National Order of the Arrow Committee in 2002 to recognize the Order's second and third generation "Founders" - Scouters who have built an enduring legacy to Scouting and the Order of the Arrow through a lifetime of cheerful service to others.

The award is intended to recognize only those extraordinary Arrowmen who have deeply influenced and significantly contributed to the vision, direction, and growth of the Order of the Arrow, faithfully demonstrated a lifetime of servant leadership, and, through their daily example, illuminated and reinforced the significance of the values found in the Scout Oath and Scout Law.

Since its creation in 2002, the Lifetime Achievement Award has only been awarded 5 times.

The National Service Award

The National Service Award was established in 1999 to recognize lodges in each region that have performed outstanding service, both in a qualitative and a quantitative sense, to their council. The National Service Award Petition is submitted along with the lodge recharter application. To be considered for the National Service Award, a lodge must have achieved at least the Bronze level of Journey to Excellence as a lodge in the year in which the National Service Award Petition is submitted. Two lodges per region will be granted the National Service Award each year.

OA Service Grant

One of the four-fold purposes of the Order of the Arrow is "to crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others." It is with this spirit of cheerful service to others that the Order proudly offers the matching service grant program.

For several years, the National Order of the Arrow Committee has provided matching service award grants for a limited number of projects submitted by application to the national office. Respective council offices receive letter notification from the national office when they are awarded the grant.

Matching grant money is given to lodges for camp or service center projects in their local council. The Order will provide up to one-half of the money for a service project, with a $5,000 maximum amount granted for any lodge project.

The Red Arrow award

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. This attractive award, a red arrow and medallion superimposed on an engraved plaque, and a miniature charm for civilian wear, can only be awarded by action of the National Order of the Arrow Committee. Recommendations, by nomination form, should be sent to the national director.

The Red Arrow Award is presented by the National Order of the Arrow Committee at a National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC). The recipients are either non-Scouters or Scouters who are not members of the Order of the Arrow. 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.

Chapter/Lodge Awards

The Jeff Moser Rising Arrowman

Award is presented to an Arrowman who is relatively new to the Chapter and Lodge yet has stepped up to significantly help his Chapter and Lodge. Named in honor of past Pellissippi Lodge, Section, and National Chief, Founder’s Award Recipient, and OA Distinguished Service Award Recipient—Jeff Moser

The J.T. White Native American Award

The award is presented to an Arrowman who exemplified Native American traditions with drumming, dancing, singing, ceremonies, etc. Named in honor of Pellissippi Lodge Founder’s Award Recipient, Vigil Honor Member, and Adviser J.T. White.

The Jim Montgomery Service Award

The award is presented to an Arrowman who goes above and beyond his duty to promote cheerful service in the Lodge, Council, District, Chapter, and/or Troop. Named in honor of past Pellissippi Lodge and National Conference Chief—Jim Montgomery.

The H. Doug Ferguson, III Ceremonies Award

The award is presented to an Arrowman who knows the ceremonies and is very active with ceremonies activities at Ordeals and Fellowships. Named in honor of past Pellissippi Lodge Chief, Region Chief, and Founder’s Award Recipient—H. Doug Ferguson, III.

The Cliff Harmon Inductions Award

The award is presented to an Arrowman who promotes the inductions process from unit elections to brotherhood ceremony. Named in honor of past Section, and National Chief, and OA Distinguished Service Award Recipient—Cliff Harmon.

The Arthur B. Wood Adviser Award

The award is presented to an Adviser in the Lodge who best exemplifies being a youth adviser and servant leader to the lodge. Named in honor of past Pellissippi Lodge Adviser and the Lodge’s first OA Distinguished Service Award Recipient—Arthur B. Wood.

The Ray Dyke Spirit Award

The award is presented to the Arrowman from each chapter who demonstrates the spirit of the Order of the Arrow. Named in honor of founder awards recipient and Vigil Honor member—Ray Dyke.