Ever since the inception of the Order of the Arrow in 1915, it was intended that all members should be equal in rank. Brotherhood membership does not provide a specific degree of rank, status, or special honor like that of the Vigil Honor. Instead, the Brotherhood is an opportunity for members to reaffirm their belief in the high purposes of the Order. The ceremony is intended as a source of inspiration that motivates brothers to give even greater service to Scouting.

To become a Brotherhood member, you must have been an Ordeal member for at least ten months, complete the challenges of Brotherhood, and participate in the Brotherhood ceremony.


  • Learn the Signs of OA Membership, such as the OA Obligation and OA Song
  • Advance in your understanding of the Ordeal
  • Make a pledge for continued service to your unit and the lodge
  • Write a letter to the Lodge Secretary, explaining what the Order means to you.


The Brotherhood ceremony is offered during weekend-long lodge events.


There is no additional cost for the Brotherhood ceremony for members whose lodge dues are current and who went through the Ordeal ceremony within the past three years. If the Ordeal ceremony was longer than three years ago, a $10 cost will apply to help cover the expense of the Brotherhood sash.