Letter From the Brotherhood Committee
Dear Newly Inducted Ordeal Member,
Congratulations on your recent completion of the Ordeal. This is the first, and to some, the most difficult endeavor you will encounter as a member of the Order. You will remember the experience of your Ordeal for the rest of your lifetime.
However, the Ordeal is just the beginning. As it was mentioned during the Ordeal ceremony, another time of trial awaits you.
The term “Ordeal” refers to a time of trial. While the purpose of the Ordeal weekend is designed to test to see if you are worthy to become a member of the Lodge, the period after completing the Ordeal ceremony is an opportunity for you to determine whether the Order is for you. When you determine that the Order is for you, you are ready to seal your membership in the Brotherhood.
Ten months after your Ordeal, you are eligible to permanently seal your membership in the Brotherhood. This is the process where you make the commitment to become a full member of the Order of the Arrow. The process of doing so is fairly simple, and should not be difficult for anybody who is active in their home unit. In preparation, it is hoped that you take some time to look over the Brotherhood Questionnaire. Although you are asked to look at these questions, it is not necessary to know the answers word for word. There is no pass or fail involved with the Brotherhood interview.
If you completed your Ordeal at a May weekend, you will be eligible the following March. If you completed your Ordeal at an July weekend, you will be eligible the following May. Finally, if you completed your Ordeal at a September weekend, you will be eligible the following July. More information will be provided to you via mail or email prior to the weekend you are eligible for your Brotherhood. However, as notices are often sent out via standard mail, often these notices are not received in a timely fashion. Therefore, if you believe you are eligible, feel free to contact the Brotherhood Committee for more information.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact the Brotherhood Chairman (youth leader), at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yours in WWW,
Lenape Lodge Brotherhood Committee
Frequently Asked Questions
What is Brotherhood Membership?
“From the beginning of the Order in 1915, all members have been equal. There are no ranks. As an Ordeal member you are entitled to all the rights and privileges of membership in the Order. Yet, so important is the induction sequence that the Order strengthened it by creating Brotherhood membership. It is an opportunity for members to evaluate their past service to Scouting (camping, service, and unit involvement) and to the lodge since their Ordeal induction.
Brotherhood membership is sought by Arrowmen seeking to reaffirm their belief in the high purposes of the Order. Before becoming a Brotherhood member, each Arrowman makes a special effort to serve the troop or team and to learn about the Order. Each Brotherhood member commits to even more service to Scouting through the Order.” – OA Handbook page 47.
How Do I become a Brotherhood Member?
- Learn the signs of Arrow membership – they may be found in your handbook or on the JumpStart website:
- Learn the Obligation of the Order, which you received from Allowat Sakima (printed on the back of your membership card and in your OA handbook on page 10).
- Learn the Order of the Arrow Official Song (p.13)
- The Admonition
- The sign of Ordeal membership
- The Arrow handclasp.
- Advance in your understanding of the Ordeal: Gain a thorough understanding of the Ordeal through which you have passed. (refer to pages 52-54 on your handbook for reference).
- Serve your unit. Retain your registration in Scouting: During a period of at least 10 months after your Ordeal, strive to fulfill your Obligation by continuing and expanding your service to your own troop.
- Plan for service in your lodge: Retain your registration in your Order of the Arrow lodge and keep your dues paid. Be aware that acceptance of Brotherhood membership involves a pledge of service to the lodge. Develop a concrete idea of how you plan to fulfill this pledge.
- Review your progress: When you earnestly feel that you have met the four challenges above, write a letter to your Lodge Secretary. In this letter:
- Explain what you think the Obligation means.
- Describe how you have been fulfilling this Obligation in your troop or team and in your daily life, and how you have used your understanding of the Ordeal to aid in this service.
- Describe your specific plans for giving service in the lodge program.
- Bring this letter that you have written with you. Have your letter typed or in neat, legible handwriting. All letters must be turned in to the Lodge Secretary when you check in Friday evening.
- Register for the Lodge event you wish to attain Brotherhood Membership and show up Friday evening.
When can I become a Brotherhood Member?
At almost every gathering of the Lodge we offer the ability for Arrowmen to become Brotherhood members of the Lodge.
What happens at the event / what is the process of becoming a Brotherhood Member?
Friday at check-in turn in your Brotherhood letter to the Lodge Secretary and make sure that you have registered to be a Brotherhood Candidate.
Friday night there will be a meeting with all of the Brotherhood Candidates to make sure that the letter was turned in and all fees are paid up. At this meeting the candidates will be informed of the weekend schedule.
On Saturday morning all Brotherhood Candidates will be expected to help in a Brotherhood work project – to help them remember the cheerfulness found in arduous labor.
Saturday afternoon there will be a Brotherhood study session where all of the candidates can study together with other Brotherhood members. During this time the candidates can ask questions and get a better understanding of those items they need to know and the Lodge. After the study session there is a one on one review of the candidate knowledge of those items the candidate has been asked to understand.
Once this is complete the candidate is ready for the Brotherhood walk and ceremony Saturday evening.