National Order of the Arrow authorizes the prestigious founders award, to be presented annually, to worthy members of a Lodge for their dedication and support. The youth of the Lodge nominate the adult recipients, and the adults of the Lodge nominate the youth recipients.

Because of the magnitude and prestigious nature of this award, serious deliberation should be given, before considering an arrowman for this honor.

National Criteria (from the Guide to Officers and Advisers):  The Founder’s Award was created to honor and recognize those Arrowmen who have given outstanding service to the lodge. The award is reserved for those Arrowmen who memorialize in their everyday life the spirit of achievement as described by founder E. Urner Goodman.
Historically Tahosa recipients have demonstrated a sustained impact on the lodge while serving in the spirit of the Founders. Following are some criteria…

1. Support for chapter programs and activities:
a) attendance
b) performance in leadership roles
c) participation in activities and programs: i.e.: leadership support; elections teams; camp promotion teams; ceremonial teams; good turn projects; etc.

2. Support in lodge programs and activities:
a) performance in leadership roles
b) lodge programs and activities attendance
c) participation and performance in lodge programs and activities: i.e.: leadership support; cony parties; camp rap; fall fellowship; ceremonial team participation/competition; training programs; kitchen/dining hall support; banquets; lodge officer training support; good turn projects; competition judging; spirit lodge support; brotherhood ring support; etc.

3. Lodge representation at area, section, region and national programs and activities
a) as an instructor
b) in ceremonial team competition
c) in dance competition
d) ceremonial team judging support
e) leadership support

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