If you are an ordeal candidate please read the information below as well as our Ordeal page on our website.
Our first order of business is that our Unit Election season will end on Friday, August 14th, 2020. If you have not already scheduled or had a Unit Election this will be the final deadline to complete one. This is the deadline for any adult nominations as well. Please reach out to your Chapter Officers who have been very diligent in reaching out and communicating to you all. Elections may be held virtually or in-person following PTAC’s most current COVD-19 guidelines. The lodge can help set up a virtual meeting if necessary. The letters that were given to Units who had their elections before July 9th, 2020 have out of date information due to a temporary Policy change. Please follow this Letter.
There are three opportunities for you to complete your Ordeal this year. You must complete your Ordeal within 24 months of your election; otherwise, you must be re-elected. The National Order of the Arrow Committee recently instituted a temporary policy change, so any candidates elected between February 2019 and September 2020 will have 24 months from the date of their election to complete their Ordeal. You can read the official announcement on the OA website HERE. If your scouts cannot attend one of the 3 fellowship events we will have more opportunities in the Spring, Summer, and Fall of 2021. Due to the limited number of participants, we can have at an event we will be focusing on our ordeal candidates during these 3 events. There will be a 75 candidate cap on each fellowship to follow State and PTAC guidelines. This also includes Scout Leaders or parents who will not be able to attend the weekend unless they are completing their Ordeal as well. There will be limited opportunities for lodge members to participate in these weekends as elangomats and ceremonialists. Masks will be required and social distancing will be in place as needed.
Camp Frank S. Betz in Berrien Spring, MI
September 11-13, 2020
Camp Lakota in Woodstock, IL
October 9-11, 2020
OA Welcome Sessions
The lodge will be hosting a series of informational welcome sessions throughout the summer to present key information to both parents and candidates about the OA, and our lodge. This session will be hosted on Zoom. We highly encourage all elected scouts and leaders as well as legal guardians to attend.
Sunday, August 23rd @ 1 pm
Thursday, September 3rd @ 7 pm
Due to the inability to have Summer Camp and Spring Camporees, the Lodge has made a callout presentation for you to show at a troop Zoom call or in-person meeting. This presentation is available for download HERE
Please download it and you may insert your scouts and Unit Leaders who have been elected into the blank slide in the middle of the presentation. This is an optional presentation but it has some very valuable information. This presentation can be shown anytime after your unit election but we will be sending out emails to all inductees 2 weeks after this email or 2 weeks after your Unit Election, whichever is later.