Taking Your Ordeal?

Candidates to the Order:

Congratulations on being nominated to the Order of the Arrow. You have been recognized as someone who was chosen not only for what they have done, but also for what they are expected to do in serving the welfare of others This is what the “honor society” of the Boy Scouts of America is all about … we are those who strive to be “unselfish in service and devotion to the welfare of others” as well as provide “cheerful service” to our council, our districts, our camps, and most especially our units.

Below you should find information to help you prepare for your first step in joining the Order of the Arrow.

If you have any, questions, please email us at heronman@ahcoa165.org - Subject "Ordeal".

The Induction Process:

As you know from your Unit Election, to be inducted in to the Order of the Arrow you must be elected by your peers in your unit. This is now a time of self-reflection on how one came to be chosen to join the Order.

Scouts who were elected into the Order of the Arrow (OA) by their unit must complete an Ordeal (induction weekend) within one year in order to become a member of Ho-Nan-Ne-Ho-Ont Lodge. If a candidate does not attend an Ordeal within one year, then the candidate must be re-elected by their unit. You must complete the Ordeal in the lodge associated with the council where you are registered, meaning that only Candidates from a Allegheny Highlands Council can only complete their Ordeal in Ho-Nan-Ne-Ho-Ont Lodge.

How should you prepare?

Make sure you register for one of the Ordeals. Our Lodge holds Two Ordeals Weekends each year. Check our Lodge Calendar of Events page for exact dates, locations, and registration information. You should also received an email or letter with dates for the welcoming you as a Candidate and dates for our Ordeal weekends. If you have not received this information, please email us and we will send you the information.

Come with a great attitude and a willingness participate and experience the Ordeal to the best of your ability. This is your Ordeal and you will get out of it what you put into it.

Plan on staying for the entire weekend.

What should you expect?

You are about to begin the hardest part of becoming a member of the Order of the Arrow … the Ordeal. We are pretty sure you have heard a lot of stories about the Ordeal … some maybe partially true but do not be fearful of the process. Safety is of utmost importance and "events" are appropriate for all age levels and physical capabilities of those participating in the Ordeal. As you progress through this part of your journey you will gain a fuller understanding of their purpose in becoming a member of the Order. For now, you should reflect on why your unit voted you to become a member of our great Order.


You will need to organize your personal items in the following manner. You may chose to pack two separate bags but it is not required.

Friday Night Bag

Pack the following:

Water Bottle

Ground sheet

Sleeping Bag or Blanket


Rain Gear

Personal Toiletries


Work Gloves, Work clothes and Solid Work Shoes appropriate for the weather

Pocket Knife

Pocket Flashlight or Head Lamp


Bug Repellent

Any medications, e.g. inhalers, EpiPen, etc., that must be kept on your person.

(Note: Any medications, Must be Listed on your BSA Medical Form)

Small notebook and pencil/pen

Personal first aid kit

Saturday & Sunday Bag

Pack the following:

Scout Uniform (You can leave your merit badge sash and neckerchief at home.)

Clean clothes / Extra clothes

Shower Items


Spending Money for Trading Post (Recommend $20 – $40)

Check in

Check-in is Friday Night is between 7:00 pm and 7:30 pm if you are going to be late please call the event Administrator.

When you arrive on Friday Night in your please do so work clothes with solid work shoes. We ask that you do not arrive in your Scout uniform. Your uniform should be packed in your second bag for Saturday’s and Sunday’s events.

Check-in locations may change but are usually located in the following areas:

Camp Merz - Dawson Training Center, or Dinning Hall | Elk Lick- Orlos Lodge or Dinning Hall

If check-in locations have changed, a sign will be posted indicating where check-in has been moved.

At check-in Your Parent(s) or Legal Guardian(s) MUST COME with you & you will need the following items:

Your Event Permission Form filled out.

Proof of current Youth Protection Training if 18 years or older -

(Printed, My Scouting App, or if internet is available we can run a check in our database.)

A copy of your BSA Annual Health and Medical Record -

(Records will be given back if requested or destroyed at the end of the event)

Medications packed in a seal-able bag with your name on it.

Any Medications, that must be kept on your person will be given back.

Your Friday night Bag and Saturday/Sunday Bag

Due to the Nature of this event we will be checking your Friday night bag with you and Your Parent(s) or Legal Guardian(s) for the required gear for the night and anything not required will be moved to your Saturday/Sunday Bag that will be safely locked away with your name on it