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!
What is the Ordeal?
The Ordeal is a weekend experience in which those elected or selected learn about the customs and traditions of the Order of the Arrow, and undertake a spiritual journey to discover the true meanings of leadership, service and the Brotherhood of Scouting. You might think that this sounds like a lot to do. It is, but we have faith that you can do it. This weekend will test not only your physical strength, but your inner strength as well.
When is the Ordeal?
The Ordeal Weekend this year is scheduled for Friday, July 14th, through Sunday the 16th, at Camp Horne.
How Do I Sign Up?
Read the introduction letter from the lodge chief, and check out the What to Bring List. You'll need to complete a registration form and mail it, the fee, and the BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A & B) to the Black Warrior Council, PO Drawer 3088, Tuscaloosa, AL 35403. It must be received at the scout office no later than July 10, 2023. It is very important we receive this on time. Due to the amount of planning the event requires, we cannot accept late registrations. Check-in will be held in the Hulsart office and begin at 6 pm and promptly close at 7:45 pm. Please do not arrive early.
If you have questions about the Ordeal experience, we encourage you to contact the
Lodge Adviser Wayne Harris, (205) 292-2845, or firstname.lastname@example.org.