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The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order. The entire experience is designed to teach significant values.
All candidates for membership must complete the Ordeal within one year of their election or nomination See exception below.
The Ordeal is offered on the following dates and must be completed within 1 year of your election or nomination date.
12 Month Rule Update
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the National OA Committee has approved the following “candidates that were elected February 1, 2019, through July 1, 2020, will have 24 months from the date of election to complete their ordeal.” This is a change from the typical 12-month rule. Occoneechee Lodge is currently working on updating our registration system to allow this change. Our 2021 ordeal event dates will be posted at a later time this year but will most likely fall on the third weekend of May and September of 2021. If you would prefer to complete your Ordeal in 2021, please request a refund. We will send you an email update by January 1st, 2021 letting you know our new event dates and how you can register. We are very sorry this pandemic has caused you to miss out on such an important moment in your Scouting career but we will try everything in our power to make sure it still happens.
SPRING INDUCTIONS, May 15-17th, 2020CANCELED – See Update
- FALL FELLOWSHIP, Sep. 18-20th, 2020
- SPRING INDUCTIONS, TBD – Most likely the third weekend of May
- FALL FELLOWSHIP, TBD – Most likely the third weekend of September
Check-in for the Ordeal will be at the Administration Building, from 5 PM to 7:15 PM. The weekend events begin promptly at 7:30 PM. Late arrivals are unfortunately not permitted. The Ordeal weekend ends at approximately 10:00 AM on Sunday.
The Ordeal Schedule is determined by the Lodge Executive Committee during Lodge Leadership Development in November of each year.
The Ordeal is held at Camp Durant on the Occoneechee Scout Reservation in Carthage, NC
Notes for GPS Users – 4637 Old Carthage Rd is the address for Camp Reeves. Camp Durant is approximately 1 mile east on the same road. Look for the OA Event signs to guide you.
Pre-registration is required for all members, at all events, including Ordeal Candidates. This helps us with meal planning and to ensure that there are enough materials for all new participants. The event cost is $50.00 for Ordeal candidates, which includes event fee, Ordeal Sash, membership flap and Brotherhood sash which can be earned 6 months after. A $10 late fee is assessed for those registering less than one week prior to the scheduled weekend.
Ordeal registration fee includes your Lodge Dues up to December 31st, 2020.
What you need to bring
Pack for this event like any weekend camping trip. Bring a tent, sleeping gear, rain gear, full uniform for your induction ceremony and work clothes for service projects during the weekend. You do not need any cooking gear as all meals are provided during the weekend. Please remember to stop for food as you head to camp. Dinner will not be served Friday evening.
Medical Form – If you registered through our website for your Ordeal, you do not need to bring a printed medical form. We collected your medical information when you registered.
What comes after?
Attend your monthly Chapter meetings to learn more about the Order and how you can best serve your Troop, District, and Council. After 10 months of active membership in the Order, an Ordeal member can advance to Brotherhood membership.