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 during this experience. 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.

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 by 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.

Please complete and bring signed paper copies of this BSA health and medical record (parts A and B) and this pre-camp screening log. If you can not complete all 14 days of the log, complete as much as you can.

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 register online using thne following link


Friday April 30 - Saturday, May 1,  2021 | Cherokee Scout Reservation