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Ordeal Candidates

Welcome Candidates!

Congratulations on your election to the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society. Your fellow scouts have recognized you as a leader who is dedicated to serving others. You should be proud to call yourself a candidate for the Order of the Arrow.


Your journey is just beginning. Your election marks the beginning of the induction process. The next step is to complete an Ordeal where you will learn more about brotherhood, cheerfulness, service, and leadership. At the end of the Ordeal after learning about yourself and your abilities, you will be recognized as a member of the Order of the Arrow.


Here you will find all of the information necessary for your Ordeal induction. Prepare yourselves for one of the most meaningful experiences of your life! We look forward to meeting you at your Ordeal induction weekend and welcoming you as a member of our lodge upon its completion!


Preparing For The Experience

You should be prepared to spend a night in the woods on Friday and be ready to spend the day around camp on Saturday. When you arrive on Friday evening please have your sleeping bag, a waterproof ground cloth, and a poncho (if necessary) rolled together and separate from your other camping gear (see video linked below for how to do this) since you will need only these items (and no others) on Friday night. You should also bring work clothes, work gloves, and a water bottle for Saturday, and a complete class-A uniform for Saturday evening.


Plan to arrive at the camp dining hall by 6:30 p.m. on Friday night of the ordeal weekend so that we may start promptly. Dress in comfortable clothes for Friday night. An optional dinner will also be served Friday night. You must plan on staying through the entirety of the weekend (approximately 10:30 a.m. on Sunday morning).



If you have questions about the Ordeal experience, we encourage you to contact the Lodge at info@owaneco.org or the Lodge Adviser, Mr. Jason Van Leeuwen, at adviser@owaneco.org.


Important Links
Ordeal Weekend Information Ordeal weekend information for candidates.
Online Registration Website New online registration website for candidates.
Directions To Council Camps Directions to the camps where the ordeals are held
About Owaneco Lodge More information about Owaneco Lodge and its members.

Important Emails & Phone Numbers

Important contact information if you have any questions.

How To Make A Bedroll Video How to make your bedroll/horseshoe pack for the Ordeal