on being elected as a candidate for membership into the Order of the Arrow.
In most organizations, those who are already a part of the group select
new members. However, with the OA, your peers, many of whom may not be
OA members, selected you. They saw a quality inside of you that you might
not be aware of, and they have faith in you and how you live the Scout
Oath and Law. Do not fail them
been elected (youth) or selected (adult) and properly called out you are
now ready to continue with the inductions process to become a member in
the Lodge and the Order of the Arrow.
is only one step left:
an Ordeal within one year of the unit election date.
to ALL candidates:
to the Order of the Arrow Guide to Inductions, events and tests during
the Ordeal are given in a stated sequence. Disrupting the sequence for
any reason gravely takes away from the entire Ordeal experience; therefore,
any candidate who leaves the Ordeal for any reason before the Ordeal
ceremony withdraws himself from candidacy in the Order of the Arrow.
walk-ins will be accepted and everyone must pre-register. An acknowledgement
of your payment will not be sent.
matter what you've been told by any other adult leader you must arrive
at camp on Friday night before 9:00 pm. You must stay until you are
dismissed Sunday morning by approximately 10:00 am. The activities Saturday
night and Sunday morning are designed to enrich your Ordeal experience.
You are not free to leave Saturday night.
must bring to camp a copy of parts A & B of your BSA Annual Health
and Medical Record to be turned in at check-in.
What is the
The Ordeal is a
weekend experience in which those elected or selected learn about the
customs and traditions of the Order of the Arrow and undertake a spiritual
journey to discover the true meanings of leadersp, service and the Brotherhood
of Scouting. You might think that this sounds like a lot to do. It is,
but we have faith that you can do it. This weekend will test not only
your physical strength, but your inner strength as well.
can I go through my Ordeal?
The Lodge conducts
weekends in the Spring and Fall during which you can go through your
Ordeal. These are held at the Council's camps.
29 - May 1, 2016, Bert
Adams Scout Reservation - REGISTRATION
DEADLINE, MONDAY, APRIL 18, 2016 (registration
13 - 15, 2016, Woodruff
Scout Reservation - REGISTRATION DEADLINE,
MONDAY, MAY 2, 2016 (registration
November 4 -
6, 2016, Bert
Adams Scout Reservation - REGISTRATION
DEADLINE, MONDAY, OCTOBER 24, 2016 (registration
What do I
need to do?
After being called
out read the Welcome Letter
from the Lodge, review the What
to Bring list, then Register (registration
available soon) for
the weekend you would like to attend. Please register by the deadline
in order to attend the Ordeal weekend. A lot of work is done in preparation
for the event, walkins are not accepted. You must bring a current BSA
Medical form to be turned in at check in
Before you arrive
on Friday night review the Ordeal schedule for the Ordeal you've elected
Then come prepared
to embark on a journey that will last a lifetime.
check back often as more detailed information becomes available it will
be posted here.
if I still have questions?
If the information
above does not answer your questions please don't hesitate to contact
the Ordeal Chairman, Brad
Smith. He is here to serve and see that you have a memorable experience
as you begin your journey.
Your son has been elected to be a candidate for membership in the Order
of the Arrow, Scouting's National Honor Society. Take a moment and review
this Welcome Letter
from the Lodge. It will answer most of your questions.
your support. While many organizations have specific committments for
every member, the Order of the Arrow is unique because it offers each
Scout a multitude of opportunities to serve, and your son can tailor his
member is a registered member that is committed to serving his home unit.
for parents and guardians about Order of the Arrow ceremonies
Parents, guardians, and Scout leaders shall not be excluded from any
Boy Scout activity or function including any Order of the Arrow (OA)
Any concerned parent, guardian, or religious leader may view any OA
ceremonies, attend meetings, or read scripts upon request to a council,
district, lodge, or chapter official to assure themselves that there
is nothing objectionable. Such persons are asked to safeguard the details
relating to ceremonies for the sake of the participants. Hazing or demeaning
initiation pranks are also prohibited by the OA and the BSA.
Induction into the OA is not a hazing or an initiation ceremony. The
OA is not a secret Scout organization, and its ceremonies are
open to any parent, guardian, Scout leader, or religious leader.
There is an element of mystery in the ceremonies for the sake of its
effect on the candidates. For this reason, ceremonies are not held in
public. The ceremonies are not objectionable to any religious group.
pages on the National Order of the Arrow website should help with any
questions you may have:
of the Arrow Frequently Asked Questions (F.A.Q.)
of the Arrow Information For Parents
information above does not answer your questions please don't hesitate
to contact the Ordeal Chairman, Brad
Smith. He is here to serve and see that your son has a memorable experience.