Congratulations on your election to the Order of the Arrow, Scouting’s National Honor Society. To be chosen by your fellow Scouts for membership is a great honor, and you should be proud of your election. As a candidate for membership, you more than likely have many questions. Hopefully, this page answers them all for you, and prepares you for the next step in your journey!
What is the Order of the Arrow?
The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Honor Society. Each local BSA council has its own group of the Order of the Arrow called a lodge. In 1915, Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson began the Order of the Arrow at Treasure Island Camp to recognize those Scouts and Scouters who best exemplified the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their daily life – just like you! In 1948, the Order of the Arrow became an official program of the Boy Scouts of America. In 2019, membership in the Order of the Arrow expanded to welcome new members from Scouts BSA troops, Venturing crews, and Sea Scout ships, both male and female participants alike.
What is the purpose of the Order of the Arrow?
At its core, the Order of the Arrow has four main areas of purpose: To recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives. To promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp. To develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit, and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Order, and Scouting. To crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.
When can I complete my Ordeal?
Echockotee Lodge hosts three events per year where we host the Ordeal process, called fellowships. Every year we have a Spring Fellowship in March, a Summer Fellowship in May, and a Fall Fellowship in September. You may complete your ordeal at any of these fellowships granted it is no longer than 24 months since being elected. To see upcoming fellowships view the events calendar here!
How do I register?
You have two options when registering for fellowship. You can either mail in a check to the North Florida Council office with the letter that you received in the mail or you can register online for an upcoming induction. Please select from the event list below:
If you choose to register online, fill out the form by clicking the link above for Candidate Only Registration for the fellowship that you want to register for. Your member number will be in the top left of the letter that you received in the mail. Next, fill out your contact information and your chapter. If you are unsure of your chapter click here and match the chapter to the county in which your unit is. Advance to the next page where you will put the number of candidates that you are registering for fellowship. Hit submit and move to the next page. Then hit submit again and insert payment information. After submitting your payment information and completing your registration, you will receive a confirmation email.
What do I need to bring?
In order to complete your Ordeal, you will be required to bring a number of items. A copy of your updated Medical Form will be required at check-in. You will need a small tarp or ground cloth, a sleeping bag, bug spray, a pocketknife, a flashlight, work clothes, work gloves, rain gear, a water bottle, and a small daypack or duffel bag to carry these items. In a separate bag, you should pack your tent and your Complete Field Uniform (Class A, which includes Scout shirt, shorts or trousers, socks, and a belt) along with any additional personal items. If you have dietary issues please contact us a few days before the fellowship so that we may be able to accommodate them.