Congratulations on your election to the Order of the Arrow. This is truly a unique honor because you were elected by your peers; the people who saw you as being a Scout who truly exemplifies the points of the Scout Oath and Law in your life. You now have an opportunity to become a member of this great organization. To become a member of the Order of the Arrow, you must attend an Ordeal Ceremony at one of our Ordeal throughout the year. The Ordeal Ceremony will provide you with an opportunity to reflect back on your experiences in Scouting and what has brought you to this point in your life. At your Ordeal, you will go through several experiences which will test your resolve. You will also go through several Indian ceremonies which will introduce you to the concepts of the Order of the Arrow.
The Ordeal is an experience that all Arrowmen of the Order of the Arrow share in common, for it is the event of our initiation. When one has been elected by his peers into the Order of the Arrow he is formally considered a candidate – commonly recognized at a Call-Out Ceremony. Thus he is eligible attend an Ordeal and become a member. After attending an Ordeal, the new member is entitled to all the rights and privileges of an Order of the Arrow member. He or she is a full life member as long as he or she pays their dues. The Ordeal is a weekend the candidate spends to gain a better understanding of Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, and Service.
We are anxious to get you active in our many programs, but you must first undergo your Ordeal which is a test of your willingness to serve. There are several Ordeals that you may select from, but you must attend your ordeal within 12 months of being elected. All candidates must complete their Ordeal before they can participate in our great brotherhood.
Here we are trying to answer some of the questions that our Ordeal Candidates might have prior to their Ordeal. If you have a question that we have not answered here, please e-mail our Vice Chief of Inductions. He will be glad to help in any way he can.
Should I pay for my Ordeal in advance?
We prefer that you register online and pay at that time. This allows us to better plan for those that will be attending.
How much does it cost to attend the Ordeal?
The cost of the Ordeal for Candidates is $45.00. This includes all of the meals on Saturday and breakfast on Sunday. Please eat well before you arrive on Friday. There is no dinner served that night.
Should I register in advance?
Yes, by all means. This makes it easier for us to plan out your meals and supplies.
When should I arrive for the Ordeal?
You should arrive for the Ordeal between 6:00pm to 8:00pm on Friday evening.
When is the Ordeal over?
The Ordeal is over on Sunday morning. If you need to leave Saturday night typically around 8pm the events are completed.
I’m under 18. If I forget my medical form is that OK?
NO! You will not be allowed to participate in the Ordeal if you do not have a medical form that is signed by your parent.
I’m over 21, do I still need a medical form?
Yes, however, you won’t need to get your mommy to sign it.
How can I register for an Ordeal?
You can go to Pachsegink calendar. There, you can find the Ordeal you wish to register for, and complete your registration. See the standard Ordeal list below or go to the home page and look on the right hand side for the ordeals for the year. Remember when filling out the registration form that you are a Candidate for this ordeal.
What kind of stuff should I bring?
- Canteen or water bottle
- First aid kit
- Knife *very important!
- Seasonal work clothes
- Sleeping bag
- Ground cloth
- Rain gear
- Class A uniform
What kind of stuff should I NOT bring?
- Video games
Do I need to bring any money to the Ordeal?
All of the meals are included in the cost of the Ordeal. However, after you have completed your Ordeal, there is a Trading Post that will be open. They have stuff like patches, assorted OA items, snacks, and pops.
I have a special construction skill. Should I let someone know?
Yes, please put that on your registration form. This allows us to better plan for our Ordeals.