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Inductions Information


During each induction weekend we will be utilizing a free text messaging service to keep leaders on reservation up to date and informed. We ask that all adults sign up for the texting service upon arriving. The texting service codes will be available when you arrive at the event.


Check in will open at 5:00 p.m. on Friday. As soon as you arrive, you need to report to the Dining Hall for Check-in. Be sure you have parts A and B of your health form. Please note that NO walk-in registration will be allowed.  There is no refund for no shows at OA events.


Driving MUST be kept to an absolute minimum once you’ve arrived.  Please adhere to ALL speed limits on the Reservation. Camp vehicles, permitted staff vehicles and camp Kubota’s should be the only vehicles transporting anything for work projects and/or emergency procedures.


If we have to enact any emergency procedures this weekend, we will utilize shelters throughout Naish as summarized on page 14 of the weekend’s schedule. PLEASE PREPARE FOR COOL RAINY WEATHER CAMPING; RAIN GEAR, HEAVY SLEEPING BAGS, JACKETS, GLOVES, HATS, SOCKS, AND LAYERS OF CLOTHING ARE ALL APPROPRIATE FOR THE WEEKEND.  We will continue to track forecasts and use all our resources to keep everyone safe in the case of severe weather or other potential emergencies.



The Trading Post will be open throughout the weekend.  We encourage you to visit the Trading Post to purchase items for your new Ordeal and Brotherhood candidates, update your coup thongs with beads or purchase some of our new Tamegonit Lodge T-shirt or even camping gear. Several items will be on sale during induction weekends.

If you have a special needs request, physical and/or dietary, you may indicate them on your MyCouncil registration form. We will do everything we can to accommodate your request. If you have any questions, please contact [email protected]

The Ordeal is a series of tasks designed to test your sincere dedication to the high ideals of Scouting and the Order of the Arrow. As you prepare to undertake the Ordeal, look below to see what you need to bring to be fully successful in your Induction as an Ordeal member in our Order:


  • Plastic ground cloth

  • Sleeping bag

  • Full Class A Uniform

  • Work clothes and gloves

  • Backpack

  • Flashlight

  • Medication (if needed)

  • Rain Gear

  • Water Bottle

  • Personal Hygiene items

  • Anything else needed to be prepared for the weather and elements


  • Membership in the Order of the Arrow

  • Current year’s OA dues

  • National OA Handbook

  • OA Ordeal Sash

  • Red “Candy” Coup Arrowhead

  • Saturday Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner and Cracker barrel

  • Sunday Breakfast – if necessary

Any questions about the Ordeal process and what to bring can be directed to the Elangomat Chair at [email protected]

After a period of 6 months, an Ordeal member may seal their membership in the Order of the Arrow with Brotherhood membership. An Ordeal member should only do this if they feel as though they are ready to move on to the next step in the Order of the Arrow.


After a period of self-reflection and service to your troop, chapter and lodge, totalling no less than 6 months, an Ordeal may choose to seal their membership in the Order of the Arrow. Before they can do this, they will be asked to do a few tasks listed below:

  • Register for an Induction Weekend as a Brotherhood Candidate

  • View the Pre-Ordeal Ceremony Friday Night

  • Give back to your Council, Camp, and Lodge through service Saturday Morning

  • Write a Letter to the Lodge Secretary detailing why you wish to become a Brotherhood member and your plan to give richer service to your Troop, Chapter, Lodge, Camp, and Council

  • Practice and be tested on the Following Objectives

    • The OA Obligation

    • The OA Song

    • The OA Handclasp

    • Other aspects of the Order of the Arrow and its practices as outlined in the OA handbook

  • Participate in a Nimat Hike and Ceremony

As a brotherhood member, you are expected to give richer service to your lodge to fully dedicate yourself.

If you have any questions about the brotherhood process, please contact the Nimat Chairman at [email protected]


Elangomats participate in the Ordeal again with new ordeal candidates. In english Elangomat means friend, which is what an Elangomat is to the candidates. You help guide them through the workday, and in doing so you take upon the same challenges as them such as the oath of silence and eating only scant food, as well as sleeping out under the stars. There is a required training on Friday night you need to attend. If you participate as an Elangomat 3 times and attend Elangomat training, you will be eligible for the Elangomat coup.


If you have any questions, please email [email protected]



Nimats help guide brotherhood candidates through the induction guiding them to seal their membership in the Order of the Arrow. In english nimat means brother, which is what a nimat is to the candidates. You guide them through the brotherhood hike on the way to ceremony. There is a required training on Friday night you need to attend. If you participate as an nimat 4 times and attend nimat training, you will be eligible for the nimat coup.


If you have any questions, please email [email protected]



Runners help transport materials and people around the reservation during the induction. Runners also assist the logistics chair in setting up and taking down ceremony sites. If you participate as an runner 6 times and attend runner training, you will be eligible for the runner coup.


If you have any questions, please email [email protected]



The EPSS staff is our emergency preparedness staff throughout the weekend, consisting of current and future doctors, nurses, and first responders. They are responsible for all health related issues that arrise with any participant during out events.

If you have any questions, please email [email protected]



Ceremonialists perform the ceremonial aspect of the induction weekend, these ceremonies include: Pre-Ordeal, Ordeal, Brotherhood, Vigil, Eagle Court of Honors, and Callout Ceremonies.

If a ceremonialist performs in six ceremonies over three induction weekends, they are awarded the C-Team Bead for that ceremony (Pre-Ordeal, Ordeal, Brotherhood).

If you have any questions or interest in joining C-Team, contact [email protected]

The Lodge Executive Committee is committed to providing an increased level of customer service to each of you.  We hope that this information is a welcome big step in that direction as we continue to grow the profile and significance of Order of the Arrow in Heart of America Council!

Register for an Induction

Registration closes 14 days before each event.

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