2020 Cowikee Lodge Spring Ordeal
On behalf of Cowikee Lodge 244, Congratulations on your nomination to the Order of the Arrow! So what comes next? The Ordeal. We hope that the information on this page will answer that question for you, so please read on!
The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Honor Society, originated in 1915.
The Purpose of the Order of the Arrow is:
- To recognize those campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives
- To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit
- To promote Scout camping
- To develop the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others
Candidates for the Order of the Arrow are chosen and elected by their peers within their troop or team not for what they have done, but for what they are expected to do in the future in their service to the welfare of others. You were nominated because your fellow Scouts saw in you an acceptance and adoption of the ideals of Scouting outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.
Induction in the order of the Arrow and the associated membership allows you to attend Chapter, Lodge, Sectional, Regional, and National events hosted by the group for members of the Order of the Arrow. Additionally, the organization provides leadership training and service opportunities at all levels in the Boy Scouts of America to build upon the experiences and knowledge you have already worked so hard to achieve. We would hope that you take what you learn back to your unit as the first obligation of a member of the Order of the Arrow is to support their unit.
Induction into the Order of the Arrow requires that you attend what is known as an “Ordeal” weekend where Ordeal candidates and active members camp out and cheerfully participate in service projects. The Ordeal experience is unlike any other you will ever experience. You should be prepared to spend a night sleeping under the stars and work on a number of service projects in the day followed by a ceremony inducting you into the Order of the Arrow.