Challenges of Brotherhood


5 Challenges before you can enter the Circle of Brotherhood:

  1. 1. Memorize the signs of Arrow membership. Memorize the Obligation of the Order, which you received from Allowat Sakima (printed on the back of your membership card and in the Order of the Arrow Handbook). Also memorize the Order of the Arrow Official Song, the Admonition, the sign of Ordeal membership, and the Order of the Arrow handclasp.

  2. 2. Advance in your understanding of the Ordeal. Gain a through understanding of the Ordeal through which you have passed. See "The Customs and Traditions of the Ordeal" in the Order of the Arrow Handbook.

  3. 3. Serve your unit. Maintain your registration in Scouting. During a period of at least 10 months, strive to fulfill your Obligation by continuing and expanding your service to your own troop or team.

  4. 4. Plan for service in your lodge. Pay your dues in your Order of the Arrow lodge. Be aware that acceptance of Brotherhood membership involves a pledge of future service to the lodge. Develop a concrete idea of how you plan to fulfill this pledge.

  5. 5. Review your progress. When you earnestly feel that you have met the four challenges above, write a letter to your lodge or chapter secretary (depending on who is administering the induction). In this letter:
    •       Explain what you think the Obligation means,
    •       Describe how you have been fulfilling this Obligation in your troop or team and in your daily life, and how you have used your understanding of the Ordeal to aid in your service, and
    •       Describe your specific plans for giving future service in the lodge program





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