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

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

Challenge 1: Memorize the following signs of Order of the Arrow Membership:

  • The Obligation of the Order
  • The Order of the Arrow Official Song
  • The Admonition
  • The sign of Ordeal membership
  • The Arrow handclasp

Challenge 2: Gain a thorough understanding of the Ordeal through which you have passed.

Challenge 3: Serve your unit. Retain your registration in Scouting.

Challenge 4: 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 idea of how you plan to fulfill this pledge.

Challenge 5: When you earnestly feel that you have met the four challenges above, write a letter to your lodge secretary. The points it needs to address:

  • Explain what you think the Obligation means.
  • Describe how you have been fulfilling this Obligation in your unit and in your daily life, and how you have used your understanding of the Ordeal to aid in this service.
  • A description of your specific plans for giving service in the lodge program 

You can find the Brotherhood Study Guide here. This is a great resource to use on your journey to Brotherhood, as it compiles all of the needed resources into one place and will help you understand all of the above challenges.

You may take part in the Brotherhood ceremony at Passaconaway Lodge’s May and September Fellowship weekends. Please assure you have completed the above challenges. When you have done so, you may register for the event, selecting the “Brotherhood” option.