I was just elected. Now what?
Congratulations on your election to the Order of the Arrow!
FAQ By Order of the Arrow Ordeal Candidates (and their parents)
You may take great pride in being elected to be a candidate for membership in the Order of the Arrow. It is considered a high honor to complete one’s induction into the Order of the Arrow, the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts of America. Organized in 1915 to recognize honor campers, the purpose of the Order of the Arrow is to recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition to promote camping, to develop leaders, and to crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life of purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
Both you and your parents probably have many questions concerning your election, induction, and participation in the Order. We hope this letter will address some of your concerns and increase your understanding about what you have been elected to join.
Your Complete Induction into the Order of the Arrow
Completing the Ordeal is the first step to completing your induction into the Order of the Arrow. Ten months after your Ordeal you will be eligible to complete your induction experience once all of the Brotherhood requirements are completed. The induction fee covers both your Ordeal and Brotherhood experiences.
Now That I am Elected, What’s Next?
Sikhs Mox Lamonti Lodge holds two induction weekends per year called Ordeals — one in the fall and one at the beginning of summer. If you can’t complete your Ordeal during one of these opportunities in the year you are elected, you will need to be re-elected by your unit in order to be inducted.
The Ordeal is the first step in the induction process that is based on the principles of Brotherhood: Cheerfulness and service. It is a 24-hour process that asks the candidate to reflect on their accomplishments, complete service, and look to the future. As with all Scouting events, Ordeals are conducted within the guidance of the Scout Oath and Law. No hazing of any kind is allowed, nor are any religious beliefs or principles violated.
This process is safeguarded so that mystery can be used to enhance the Ordeal experience. Activities are supervised by selected and capable adult advisers at all times, and follow all National policies. Should you have any concerns regarding this, please contact the lodge adviser so that he can address your concerns.
Transportation is the responsibility of the candidate. As a candidate, you will need to arrive at camp on Friday evening for check in (Ordeal Registration) between 6-8 p.m. Please eat dinner before arriving. We will have a cracker barrel (evening snack and fellowship) to start the weekend off. You should decide which Ordeal you will be attending and complete the pre-registration form.
Following the completion of the Ordeal experience on Saturday evening, there will be fellowship time and fun activities with your fellow Arrowmen, and rest after the day of arduous labor. We also will be offering a session called Jumpstart, which is intended to help internalize and understand the Ordeal you just went through.
What do I need to bring:
- Candidate Registration Form
- Official BSA Heath Form (parts A and B only) – signed and filled out and any medications you need with dosage instructions
- Backpack with personal camping gear (Please no snacks or electronic gear).
- Sleeping bag, tarp, water bottle, a tent and ground cloth, pocket knife, rain gear
- Work clothes & work gloves
- Full Scouting uniform (Venturing, Sea Scouts or Scouts BSA – but do not bring your merit badge sash)
- $60 inductions fee (Please prepay at the Everett office so we can properly plan your experience)
Inductions Fee includes: Ordeal sash, lodge flap, handbook, dues for the current year, meals for the Ordeal weekend, and Brotherhood sash (given when completing Brotherhood requirements).
There will be a trading post with extra lodge patches and memorabilia for sale. If you are interested, you might want to bring a few extra dollars for the trading post.