Brotherhood Members

After 6 months of active service as an Ordeal member and fulfilling the requirements below, a member may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony, which places further emphasis on the ideals of Scouting and the Order.

Completion of the Brotherhood ceremony signifies full membership in the Order of the Arrow.





How to complete your Brotherhood

Sign up for Fall Fellowship and Induction Weekend, October 9-11, 2020

The cost for the Brotherhood weekend is $45 *Save $5 by registering early!

Brotherhood is NOT doing your Ordeal over - we have a special program that starts Friday evening and ends on Sunday morning!

Complete the following before your Induction Weekend:

1.Memorize the Signs of the Ordeal

  • The Obligation of the Order, which you received from Allowat Sakima (printed on the back of your membership card and in your OA Handbook)

  • The Order of the Arrow Official Song

  • The Admonition

  • The sign of Ordeal membership

  • The Arrow clasp

2. Advance your understanding of the Ordeal

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the Ordeal through which you have passed.

  • Reading through the ceremon script, or visiting another Ordeal to observe the ceremony are good ways of doing this.

3. Serve Your Unit

  • Retain your registration in Scouting

  • During a period of 10 months, strive to fulfill your Obligation by continuing and expanding your service to your unit.

4. Plan for service in your Lodge

  • Retain your registration in your Order of the Arrow Lodge and keep your dues paid.

  • Be aware that acceptance of Brotherhood membership involves a pledge of service to the Lodge.  Develop a concrete plan on how you plan to fulfill this pledge.

5. Review your progress

  • When you earnestly feel that you have met the above 4 challenges, write a letter to your Lodge.

  • In this letter:

    • Explain what you think the Obligation means.

    • Describe how you have been fulfilling this Obligation in your unit and in your daily life.

    • How you have used your understanding of the Ordeal to aid in this service.

    • Describe your specific plans for giving service to the Lodge.

  • Bring this letter to your Brotherhood ceremony.


A great resrouce to work towards Brotherhood is located on the OA Jumpstart website under the Brotherhood tab.

Send an email if you don't know the password, include your full name and the Chapter you are in.

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