The Brotherhood Ceremony is an opportunity for any Ordeal members to seal their membership in the Order of the Arrow. The Ordeal is the beginning of your journey as an Arrowmen, showing you have been recognized for your service to others. By doing your Brotherhood, you seal your commitment to the lodge to live according to the Scout Oath and Law. All Ordeal members are encouraged to participate in this ceremony once they are eligible.
Brotherhood ceremonies are held several times during the year, and will always be announced on the calendar. In most cases, the lodge will offer Brotherhood ceremonies at the Spring and Fall Conclaves, as well as at summer camp at Ingersoll Scout Reservation.
Ordeal Members who meet the requirements and are ready to seal their membership in the Order of the Arrow are encouraged to take their Brotherhood on Wednesday night during any week of camp. Note: there are no exceptions to the ten months as an Ordeal member requirement! All candidates are strongly encouraged to visit jumpstart.oa-bsa.org before coming to camp. After paying the Brotherhood fee of $17.00 at the Trading Post, meet at the Dining Hall at 4:00 P.M. for the Brotherhood Hike - all Brotherhood letters can be submitted at this time. Scouts and Scouters not camping at ISR that week may still come to complete their Brotherhood. These candidates will need to purchase a meal ticket in the Trading Post for dinner. The ceremony will begin after Ridge Campfires and will be finished by 10:00 P.M.
Once the Arrowman has met the above requirements, he is considered eligible for Brotherhood. Prior to the actual ceremony is the Brotherhood Hike. This is required for all who go through the Brotherhood Ceremony. If there is a specific reason that an individual cannot complete the hike, please indicate this during registration, and special arrangements can be made. Later on in the evening, the Brotherhood Ceremony will take place.
Anyone who is Brotherhood or Vigil Honor can attend the ceremony to watch.
At the completion of the Brotherhood ceremony, you will receive your Brotherhood sash and later that evening, you will receiveyour red-bordered flap (awarded only to Brotherhood and Vigil members) and a Brotherhood certificate to commemorate the occasion.