induction weekends

induction experience

The induction weekend (ordeal) is the cornerstone of the Order of the Arrow experience. Every current and past member of the OA has participated in an ordeal weekend. To date, nearly 1 million Scouts and Scouters have participated in an ordeal to become members of our order.

Your time will be spent in cheerful service to one of our council camps from Friday evening to Sunday morning. This weekend will be used for each candidate to reflect upon one’s time in Scouting and for them to consider what they will do going forward.

Every induction weekend contains three key parts; taking a vow of silence, eating scant food, and spending a night away from others. All components of this weekend adhere to The Guide to Safe Scouting and are supervised by trained and qualified adults.

To find out more about the weekend you can view our Candidate Guide:

Candidate Guide (Fall 2020)

Plan to arrive at camp between 5:00pm and 8:00pm on Friday (you will be receive more information regarding a specific time window by email) and depart around 9:00pm on Saturday evening. We will dismiss following dinner and the Ordeal ceremony. Please note: this year, inductions will be a one night event, beginning Friday evening and concluding Saturday evening.

Bring your signed health form when you check in. Medical Forms Parts A&B

event registration

The cost of attending an Induction weekend as a candidate is $50 and includes all meals and materials for the weekend. You can use one of the following methods to register.


October 2-3, 2020 | Cherokee Scout Reservation