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OA Ordeal Weekend

We had 3 scouts attend the Order of the Arrow Ordeal weekend recently.  These scouts were voted in to the Order by their peers and have completed their Ordeal.

The OA is the Honor Society of Scouting.  Here is what the Order of the Arrow has to say about it:

“For more than 90 years, the Order of the Arrow (OA) has recognized Scouts and Scouters who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.  This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well.  Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others.  OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America’s youth.”

“The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order. During the experience, candidates maintain silence, receive small amounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and sleep apart from other campers. The entire experience is designed to teach significant values.”

I’m proud to have such great scouts in our troop.  Congratulations Scott, Paul and Sean!

More Pictures here.

Yours in Scouting,

Scoutmaster Dan

Order of the Arrow

Saturday night, 5 members of Troop 26 were initiated into the Order of the Arrow.  Daniel, Alex, Scotty, Nicolo, Travis and the Scoutmaster, me, were honored to go through our ordeal.   It was certainly a long day, little food, and plenty of work in silence, and that’s partly why they call it an “ordeal”.   I believe this ordeal has help us become better scouts.  I am proud of our scouts for their hard work and good attitudes.

Here is the purpose of the Order of the Arrow:

  • To recognize those campers — Scouts and Scouters — who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and by such recognition cause other campers to conduct themselves in such manner as to warrant recognition.
  • To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit.
  • To promote Scout camping, which reaches its greatest effectiveness as a part of the unit’s camping program,. Both year-round and in the summer camp, as directed by the camping committee of the Council.
  • To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

More information can be gathered from the packet that was given or you can visit the lodge website.  Also, a few pictures can be found here.

Congratulations Scouts!