Welcome to all candidates and interested non-members. This page is designed to help you understand more about the Order of the Arrow, as well as find information about your Ordeal if you are a candidate.
The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Honor Society. The Order
exists to provide recognition for “those scouts and scouters – who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives” and lead others to do the same. Also, the Order aims to develop and promote camping both in the troop and at the council camp. Lastly, but importantly, the Order seeks to “crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others”.
Members are selected by their peers for nomination to the Order. It is one of the few organizations where members do not select candidates, rather, candidates are proposed by the scouts who know them best… those in their own troop. This is one of the things that makes it such an honor to be elected.
Once elected, a candidate must go through an experience know as the “Ordeal”. During the Ordeal, the candidate will go through a series of experiences designed to strengthen his knowledge and commitment to the Scout Oath and Law, as well as gain a deeper understanding of self and service to others.
The Ini-To Lodge schedules two Ordeals a year - be sure to check the
Ini-To Lodge Calendar and plan to attend
within one year of your unit election.
If you have further questions, we suggest that you talk to an arrowman
in your troop such as your OA Troop
Representative or contact your local
If you are a candidate for the Order of the Arrow, and lost the letter you were given at the call out, click
the link below for a replacement copy. (Not all candidates were called out, some may have been notified by their Scoutmaster)
If you don’t know if you are a candidate or not, you should discuss this with your Scoutmaster. Only duly elected candidates may go through the Ordeal.
Parents of candidates should click on the “Parents
Info" link below.
Candidate Letter & form