Have you just been notified that you have been elected into the Order of the Arrow? the Boy Scouts of America’s National Honor Society known as the Order of the Arrow (OA) has a unique membership process. After you are elected into the OA you must take your “ordeal” to begin your membership process. After completing the ordeal as a new member of the order you will have a new arrow sash and a pocket flap to where. After 10 months as an ordeal member you can complete your membership by taking “brotherhood”.
The first step in the process of joining the OA is registering for an ordeal weekend. Click the Online link below to register now or click the link for the printed registration form. You do not have to take the ordeal with our chapter if there is a scheduling conflict. Any ordeal weekend held at LaNoChe by any chapter of our lodge will start the membership process. You must complete a ordeal weekend within one year of being elected.
If you’re not sure if you have been elected, ask your Scoutmaster or refer to the ordeal candidate list.
Click HERE for a copy of the Ordeal Candidates Letter.
Click HERE for a copy of the Parent letter from the Chapter Adviser.
After you have registered for your ordeal weekend click HERE for the first editions of the “Spirit of the Arrow” known as SOA 1. You will receive more editions during the ordeal weekend.
There are lots of folklore and rumors surrounding the ordeal weekend. Keep in mind that the Order of the Arrow is the Boy Scouts of America’s National Honor Society. All of the well-established policies and procedures of the BSA will be observed and enforced. The so-called “secrecy” is intentional to make the experience more intense for the youth. Parents/guardians that are not members of the OA are encouraged to ask questions about anything they have concerns about. They are also allowed to witness the ordeal and ceremonies. Adults, parents and scouters are encouraged to direct their communications to the Chapter Adviser. Youth are encouraged to communicate with the Chapter Chief.
Again, congratulations on being elected into the Order of the Arrow!