From the beginning of the Order in 1915, all members have been equal. There are no ranks. As an Ordeal member you are entitled to all the rights and privileges of membership in the Order. Yet, so important is the induction sequence that the Order strengthened it by creating Brotherhood membership. It is an opportunity for members to evaluate their unit service since their Ordeal induction.
Brotherhood membership is sought by Arrowmen seeking to reaffirm their belief in the high purposes of the Order. Before becoming a Brotherhood member, each Arrowman makes a special effort to serve his troop or team. Each Brotherhood member commits to even more service to Scouting through the Order.
Your Ordeal consisted primarily of physical impressions. The Botherhood ceremony is one of deeper and quieter mental impressions.
On the Trail to Brotherhood
Becoming a Brotherhood member marks the completion of your induction into the Order of the Arrow.
The Brotherhood obligation includes a pledge to support the work of the Order. Your Ordeal consisted of physical impressions. The Brotherhood ceremony is one of deeper and quieter mental impressions. Your completion of the Ordeal sets you on the path of an exciting advanture. After 10 months of active service to your unit, you will be eligible to seal your membership in the Brotherhood ceremony.
What is Brotherhood Membership?
Brotherhood is an opportunity for members to evaluate their past service to Scouting (camping and unit involvement) and to their lodge, and to reaffirm their belief in the high purposes of the Order. Once an Arrowman has been an active Ordeal member for at least 10 months, he (or she, in the case of adults) may choose to seal his membership by becoming Brotherhood. It is important to note that Brotherhood is the only OA level that a Scout may choose for himself. (Ordeals are elected by their units; Vigil honorees are selected by their Lodge.)
How do I become a Brotherhood Member?
- Learn the signs of Arrow membership - they may be found in your handbook or on the JumpStart website:
- Learn the Obligation of the Order, which you received from Allowat Sakima (printed on the back of your membership card and in your OA handbook on page 10).
- Learn the Order of the Arrow Official Song (p.13)
- The Admonition
- The sign of Ordeal membership
- The Arrow handclasp.
- Advance in your understanding of the Ordeal: Gain a thorough understanding of the Ordeal through which you have passed. (refer to pages 52-54 on your handbook for reference).
- Serve your unit. Retain your registration in Scouting: During a period of at least 10 months after your Ordeal, strive to fulfill your Obligation by continuing and expanding your service to your own troop.
- 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 idea of how you plan to fulfill this pledge.
- Register for the Lodge event you wish to attain Brotherhood Membership and show up Friday evening.
When can I become a Brotherhood Member?
At almost every gathering of the Lodge we offer the ability for Arrowmen to become Brotherhood members of the Lodge.
How do I learn more about becoming a Brotherhood Member and the Order?
Jumpstart is (jumpstart.oa-bsa.org) is an excellent reference for information on the OA and the Ordeal. You can also use it to help review for Brotherhood. The website even has sample Brotherhood questionnaire questions.
What do I get once I obtain Brotherhood?
Once you obtain Brotherhood you will recieve the lodge flap which is signified by a yellow border you will also recieve a new sash that now has an arrow and two bars representing that you have sealed your membership within the lodge.