Ordeal Candidates


You have been elected to the Order of the Arrow by the Scouts in your unit. Following your election, you were called out at the Camp-o-ree campfire. Next you must complete your Ordeal.

What is this Ordeal that they’re talking about?

The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order. The entire experience is designed to teach significant values.  All candidates for membership must complete the Ordeal within one year of their election or nomination.

To complete your induction into the Order of the Arrow, prospective new members attend the Ordeal Weekend. Typically held at the Schoepe Lost Valley Scout Camp, candidates arrive on Friday evening.  From that point, it will be a time spent in service to the camp, working in silence and on scant rations.   A time free of distraction to contemplate the value of service to others, it concludes with an induction ceremony and a feast of fellowship and food with other Arrowmen.

Once you have completed the Ordeal, you are a full member of the Order of the Arrow, bestowed with the Ordeal Honor.

Ordeal Honor members are given an OA Handbook and some other materials at the Induction. They should keep and refer to them as they progress on their Brotherhood trail.

The ordeal is NOT a hazing activity in any form, and per BSA policy such behavior will not be tolerated.

If you still have questions or concerns, please send an email to our Executive Vice Chief, and he will answer any questions you may have.

Recommended items to bring:

  • Scout medical form (Parts A and B required)
  • Registration form and registration fee
  • A large ground cloth or Tarpwork clothes
  • Work gloves
  • Work Clothes
  • Clothes Appropriate for the Weather
  • Sunscreen
  • Hat
  • Flashlight
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent
  • Class A uniform
  • Spending money ($20 is more than enough)
  • Friday Dinner and Sunday Lunch Money ($20 is recommended)
  • Toiletries / shower necessities (soap, towel, etc)
  • Backpack
  • Water bottle/Canteen
  • Medical form

Note: a mess kit, food, and cooking gear are not needed. Meals at all OA events are prepared and served at the Camp dining hall.  Do not bring any electronics.


OA is a non-secret organization. Parents are permitted to come and view any OA ceremony. Some parents come to view the Induction ceremony on Saturday night. Parental participation is an individual choice. Most parents who are not OA members themselves do not attend OA ceremonies and events. Logistically, it is a challenge to predict what time the ceremony will occur on that Saturday night.

Supervision at OA events is done on the whole by the adults in attendance. The OA has a long history of this practice of letting the honor campers enjoy a larger degree of freedom at camp and it will continue to do so. Your Scout is expected to live up to the standards of being an honor camper at events without constant supervision.

On to information about Ordeal membership in the of the Order of the Arrow.

If you still have questions please send us a message.

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