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Induction Weekends

The Ordeal Weekend

The Ordeal has a different meaning for each candidate who completes it.

It is a time of deep searching and high resolve; a unique opportunity to experience

all the richness and warmth of brotherhood. 

Candidates need this experience not only for their benefit,

but also because their Obligation will require

unusual devotion to the work of bringing this spirit to their own Scout unit.


The purpose of the Ordeal is to have candidates reflect on their own Scout life and character and to come to a deeper understanding of the Scout Oath and the principles of the Order. 

This purpose is realized through a fourfold Order that

includes sleeping alone, silence, work, and a limited amount of food.

No hazing or endangerment of a Scout's safety is allowed.


Newly elected candidates for membership in the Order of the Arrow must complete the Ordeal and be inducted into the OA by the lodge that serves the council in which the unit is chartered. 

This allows the candidates to bond with their contemporaries as they go through the Ordeal and creates a positive leadership environment in which they can progress. 

Out-of-council Ordeals are not permitted.

2024 Dates and Locations of Induction Weekends

Spring Induction Weekend                     May 3-5                     McNeil Scout Ranch at Peaceful Valley

Registration Closed

Cony Slopes Spring Inductions             May 17-19                  Jolly Ranch in New Castle, CO

Registration Link

Summer Induction Weekend                 August 9-11                McNeil Scout Ranch at Peaceful Valley

Registration Open Soon


Important Induction Weekend Information

Cost of the Weekend

The weekend cost is $65 for the Ordeal Candidate, which covers your Yearly Lodge dues, the cost of the weekend (camping fee, food, insurance), and all of your new member materials (OA Sash, Lodge pocket flap, OA pocket ribbon, and OA handbook).

Important Medical Information

Copies of the Scouting Medical Form A&B, complete with vaccination dates, Colorado immunizations for those under 18, and your insurance card are required for the weekend.  The OA keeps health forms for a year so please bring a copy- not originals.  The lodge does not have access to the internet, email, printer, or copy machine at camp. NOTE: 2023 forms are not on file! A full medical team will be onsite and ready to perform aid all weekend.


Typical Schedule for the Weekend

Please eat before you arrive at camp, as there will be no dinner on Friday night.  Check-in is between 5:00 pm-6:30 pm on Friday (Peaceful Valley check-in at Headquarters).  Pick-up is at 11:00 AM on Sunday.  Candidates should plan on staying at camp until check-out unless religious obligations require otherwise.


The Tahosa Lodge trading post will be open on Saturday night, if you are interested in purchasing any lodge items such as patches, shirts, hats, etc.  Credit and Debit cards are accepted.


For more information or questions about the Induction (ordeal) weekend, please email us.

Camp Contacts - Emergency Directions

In the event of an emergency DO NOT CALL 911, please get in contact with the nearest OA staff member or call the McNeil Scout Ranch ranger, Scott Field at 720-841-6887. This may not work or go through as cell service is often spotty or unavailable. 

What to Bring

Here is a list of what to bring for the weekend.  Packing the items in a backpack is suggested as there is hiking involved.  Arrive at camp Friday evening in your work clothes and a warm jacket. Click the link to print the list of "What to Bring"


Signed Medical Forms A&B and insurance card    Backpack with gear loaded


Sleeping bag (appropriate for weather)                    Pad (self-inflating or closed cell foam)


Ground cloth or tarp (at least 7' x 9')                          Canteen/water bottle - full of water


10 essentials                                                                  Personal grooming items (toothbrush, towel, soap, etc)


Flashlight/headlamp                                                   Small notepad and pen


Work gloves                                                                  Hiking boots (no open-toed shoes)


Tent (for Saturday night) and a ground cloth          Complete Class A uniform (merit badge sash not necessary).

or tarp so you can set up your tent on Friday          It will be left in the tent until Saturday evening.                  activities night (you can have a tent buddy

but must follow youth protection rules.)

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