The Ordeal

Congratulations on your election to the Order of the Arrow! You now have the opportunity to join Scouting’s National Honor Society. 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.

Ordeal Call Out Letter


The Ordeal is offered on the following dates:

  • Spring Ordeal, March 8-10, 2019
  • Summer Ordeal, August 16-18, 2019

Check-in for the Ordeal will be at Howard Lodge, from 7 PM to 8 PM. The weekend event begins promptly at 8:00 PM. Late arrivals are unfortunately not permitted. The Ordeal weekend ends at 10:30 AM on Sunday.


Pre-registration is required for all members, at all events, including Ordeal candidates. This helps us with event program and meals planning. The Ordeal candidate fee of $65 covers your meals for the weekend, Ordeal sash, OA and lodge member handbooks, Ini-To Lodge flap, two years of lodge dues, and Brotherhood sash which can be earned after ten months.

Spring Ordeal    | March 8-10, 2019

Summer Ordeal| August 16-18, 2019


The Ordeal is held at Camp Thunder on the Gerald I. Lawhorn Scouting Base in Molena, GA.

Camp Thunder
506 Thundering Springs Road
Molena, Georgia 30258


What comes next?

Attend your monthly Chapter Meetings to learn more about the Order and how you can best serve your troop, district, and council.  After 10 months of active membership in the Order, an Ordeal member can advance to Brotherhood membership.