After 10 months of service as an Ordeal member and fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order. Completion of this ceremony signifies full membership in the Order.Some of the requirements that a member must complete to become Brotherhood include memorizing the signs of OA membership (Obligation, Song, Admonition, Sign and Handclasp) and being active in the OA for at least 10 months during which time you strive to fulfill your Obligation by continuing and expanding your service to your own Troop or Team.

The Order of the Arrow provides many opportunities to serve. You are a unique individual with interests and skills different from anyone else, and there are several ways you can help your lodge. As you think about what role you would like to play in the OA in the future, imagine all the great things that you can become involved with: ceremonies, lodge or chapter leadership, ordeal administration, dancing, and many, many others. You can even become your Troop’s OA representative.

Attend a meeting, tell the youth leaders what you’re interested in, or ask how you can help and you’ll have taken the first step towards active involvement in the OA.  Remember though, your first duty is to your unit.

Please visit this link for some more information on sealing your membership in the Order of the Arrow.


Two years (or more) after you receive your Brotherhood, you may find yourself elected by other OA members to the OA’s highest honor, Vigil.

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