If you ask me, the OA really knocked its 100th anniversary patch out of the park.
It’s the Arrowman Service Award, a patch youth and adult members of the Order of the Arrow can earn and wear on their OA sash.
The goal is to encourage Arrowmen to recommit themselves to the OA, increase their level of service and participate in the OA’s wide-ranging centennial celebrations.
Along with patches issued during the OA’s 50th and 60th anniversaries, this patch is one of just three patches the Order of the Arrow has authorized to be worn on the sash.
Yes, on the sash itself. The award may be worn only on the traditional OA sash (not the red one available at the National Order of the Arrow Conference). You’ll want to sew it so its lower edge sits one-half inch above the upper Brotherhood bar.
Speaking of, being a Brotherhood member or attaining Brotherhood membership in the OA is one of the primary requirements, though there is an exception for Arrowmen inducted as Ordeal members after Jan. 1, 2015.
There’s no limit to the number of Arrowman Service Awards that can be given per lodge, provided the lodge’s advisor and staff advisor/Scout executive approve each candidate’s completed requirements.
Arrowmen can work on the requirements from July 16, 2014, until Dec. 31, 2015.
Arrowman Service Award requirements
To earn the award, Arrowmen need to complete requirements in three categories: personal growth, Scout service and centennial participation.