Brotherhood is the final step in the Induction process.

After being elected by your peers in the troop as a scout dedicated to the ideals of the Scout Oath and Law, you underwent the Induction Weekend (Ordeal), where you were welcomed into our Brotherhood of Cheerful Service. As an Ordeal member, you have enjoyed the full rights of an Arrowman, participating in your chapter and giving service to the Lodge. Ten months have passed since upon you the white sash was bestowed, and it is now time to reaffirm your commitment, and take a serious look at your future in the Order.


What is Brotherhood?

Brotherhood is a recognition of Arrowmen who have become full members of the OA by completing requirements that relate to understanding OA symbolism, reflecting on previous experiences, and planning for future service to Scouting.  It is not a rank, but a meaningful recognition.  Brotherhood members, unlike the Ordeal members they previously were, will be expected to provide service and leadership for the benefit of the Order, just as a high-ranking Boy Scout is expected to do the same in their troop.


Who is eligible?

After 6 months of service as an Ordeal member and fulfilling certain requirements, a member 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.


Why get Brotherhood?

Brotherhood brings great benefits, including heightened respect among your fellow Arrowmen.  You will be seen as a capable and dedicated member, who can be trusted with the great responsibilities of leading in your Village and Lodge.  Having gained a deeper understanding of the Order, you will enjoy and appreciate OA events and traditions more.


What do I need to do to attain Brotherhood?

In preparation for attaining Brotherhood, requirements are in the OA Handbook you received when you went through your Ordeal. But see also below:



1. Memorize the signs of Order of the Arrow membership.
    a) The OA Obligation  (requirement met once you can fully recite in room full of people)
    b) The OA Song (must sing loud and proud)
    c) The Admonition (and its meaning)
    d) The Sign of the Ordeal  
    e) The OA Handclasp

2. Completed at least 6 months service as an Ordeal Member.
3. Advance in your understanding of the Ordeal. 
4. Serve your unit. Retain your registration in Scouting.
5. Plan for service in your lodge.

Also please write a brief letter explaining these points:
1. What the obligation means to you
2. What you have done to serve your chapter and your unit
3. What you plan to do in the future.


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