Ordeal

After being elected or nominated, candidates may participate in a call-out ceremony to recognize those Scouts and Scouters that were selected before they attend their Ordeal. The call-out ceremony may be performed at summer camp, a camporee, a call-out weekend, or at a unit meeting. Candidates subsequently participate in an Ordeal, intended to emphasize service and selflessness. The Ordeal experience will teach significant values to its participants. If they succeed in their ordeal the candidates are then welcomed as Ordeal members in a formal Ordeal Ceremony.

Check the OA calendar to find out when the next Ordeal will be held. Ordeals are typically held once a month during May, July, and August. According to the National Policy, elected candidates must attend an Ordeal within the same calendar year. If the candidate is unable to attend any of the given weekends, they must be re-elected in order to be considered for the following year(s). Ordeal Weekend runs from Friday at 7pm until Sunday at 11AM.

Please pack the following items separately:

  • Sleeping Bag/ Ground Cloth
  • Work Clothing
  • Poncho, or other Rain Gear
  • Work Gloves
  • Water Bottle

Other Items to Bring:

  • A FULL Scout Uniform
  • Tent (You can share a tent)
  • Flashlight, Scout Pocket Knife
  • Toiletries, Towel, Insect Repellant
  • Money to Spend in Trading Post (optional)

Do NOT bring the following items:

  • Radios
  • Electronic Games
  • Food Items, or Drinks (Ample water will be provided all weekend)

**Be sure to bring a photocopy of your current medical form (NOT the original). Any medications must be properly marked for dispensing and sealed in a clear plastic food storage bag with your name on it.**