ORDER OF THE ARROW
The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s “National Honor Society.” CFL works in conjunction with Lowaneu Allanque Lodge, which will have a representative at camp to coordinate the Order of the Arrow program and to explain the weekly events. The representative will meet with each unit to discuss which Scouts are participating in OA programs. We hope to see many Arrowmen participating in the Lodge activities at CFL. For questions about the Order of the Arrow program, please refer to www.oa41.org by clicking the image above. During the summer camp season, feel free to call us at camp! The following events are offered in our weekly program schedule for the Order of the Arrow at camp.
OA CRACKER BARREL
The Lodge cracker barrel will be in the dining pavilion following the Ordeal Ceremony. All new members who completed their Ordeal, along with current Lodge members are welcome.
On Wednesday evening, the Order of the Arrow will conduct its callout ceremony for new candidates. The ceremony will take place after the chapel service, with an approximate starting time of 8:00 pm. Those who to come to camp on Wednesday to complete the Ordeal should arrive by 5:30 pm. Dinner on Wednesday night will not be provided, so please eat a hearty meal on your way to camp. Please call ahead to arrange your visit and let the OA Coordinator at CFL know you are coming. Please check in at the Wheeler Office upon arrival.
The Ordeal ceremony will take place Thursday night at 9:00 pm. This is a private ceremony for Order of the Arrow members only. The ceremony should end by 10:30 pm. Those who come to camp on Wednesday, in order to complete their Ordeal, are more than welcome to spend the night at camp. Make sure to let us know that you intend to stay overnight when calling ahead. Scouts taking their Ordeal at camp should be prepared to make up merit badge work. Scouts should talk to their merit badge counselors on Monday so they can schedule a time to make up the work that they will miss on Thursday. For Scouts who do not know that they are being called out, it is the responsibility of the Scoutmaster to speak with each merit badge counselor. With some extra effort and planning, Scouts can complete the Ordeal and all their merit badges. However, completing Ordeal at camp may result in some Scouts receiving partial completions on some merit badges.
The cost of Ordeal at camp is $50.00. This includes one Ordeal sash, the Order of the Arrow handbook, the $20.00 Lodge dues for 2016, and a Lodge pocket flap, to be worn on the uniform.
THINGS TO BRING FOR ORDEAL
The following items should be brought to camp to ensure a smooth Ordeal.
- Ordeal registration paperwork
- Copy of registration fees receipt
- Copy of completed BSA medical form
- Water bottle
- Work clothes and work gloves
- Sleeping bag and pillow
Any Ordeal members looking to seal their membership in the Lodge can do so on Monday by completing the Brotherhood Trail. All eligible and interested members, will meet at the gazebo next to the flag grounds at 1:00 pm. Current brotherhood members are welcome to join the trail.
There is a $20 fee for those who complete Brotherhood in 2016. Eligible members must also pay their 2016 membership dues of $20 in order to complete their ceremony.
Attendees of Order of the Arrow ceremonies should be aware of the following policies:
- Photography is permitted during the callout ceremony. However, flash and audio must be turned off to avoid distracting participants and ceremonialists.
- Video and audio recordings are not permitted during the callout ceremony without approval from the CFL OA Coordinator and Program Director.
- Photography, video recordings, and audio recordings are not permitted during the pre-ordeal, ordeal, and brotherhood ceremonies.
- Non-members are welcome and encouraged to attend the callout ceremony. However, non-members are strongly discouraged from attending the pre-ordeal, ordeal, and brotherhood ceremonies. Exceptions will be made on a case-by-case basis by the CFL OA Coordinator and Program Director.
ORDER OF THE ARROW CAMPING AWARD
This award can be earned by any troop which spends the week at CFL. There are two requirements:
- Your troop must attend a week long summer camp.
- 60% of the troop’s registered youth members must attend summer camp.
If your troop meets these requirements, it can earn the Order of the Arrow Camping Award. While at CFL, ask the Order of the Arrow Camp Coordinator, or the Program Director, about this award.