Introduced for the centennial year of the Order of the Arrow, the Centurion Award was a one-time only award created to recognize arrowmen who meaningfully contributed to the forming, maturing, or ongoing operation of their lodge. Recipients were designated as either a youth or adult contributor, with a minimum service period of three years for youth contributors and six years for adult contributors. Posthumous awards were permitted.
Lodges selected over 1,800 arrowmen for the award. Recipients received a certificate and a metallic centennial totem suspended from a red and white neck-ribbon.