Become a Brotherhood Member

Becoming a Brotherhood Member

After 6 months of service as an Ordeal member and fulfilling certain requirements, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order.

  1. Memorize the signs of OA Membership: the Obligation, the Song of the Order, the Admonition, the Sign of Ordeal Membership, and the OA Handclasp.

  1. Advance in your understanding of the Ordeal: The four principal characters of the Ordeal Ceremony, The four tests of the Ordeal, The arrow (as used in the Ordeal), and The True Name of the Order of the Arrow.

  1. Serve your Unit and retain your registration in Scouting.  During a period of at least 6 months, strive to fulfill your obligation by continuing and expanding your service to your Unit.

  1. Plan for Service in your Lodge, retain your registration in Shinnecock 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.

  1. Review your progress and when you earnestly feel that you have met the four challenges above, write a letter to the Lodge Secretary.  In this letter, you should explain what you think the obligation means, describe how you have been fulfilling this Obligation in your Unit and in your daily life, and how you have used your understanding of the Ordeal to aid in this service. Also describe your specific plans for continuing this service in the future, tell what the Order of the Arrow means to you, and why your are seeking Brotherhood Membership.

All the information listed here can be found in your Order of the Arrow handbook as well as in the Brotherhood Packet you will be given when you are ready to do your conversion.

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Brotherhood Conversion Ceremonies are conducted at the following events;

  1. May Induction Weekend (Saturday)

  2.  June Induction Weekend (Saturday)

  3. Baiting Hollow Summer Camp (Thursday Nights for campers)

  4. September Induction Weekend (Saturday)

  5. Lodge Fellowship & Events

  6. Chapters may run one at their fall and/or winter Camporees (Contact your Chapter for more information)