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Ordeal Sash


Congratulations! You have been elected by your fellow Scouts as a candidate for membership in the Order of the Arrow. Your fellow Scouts must think highly of you. They have chosen you to be inducted into Scouting’s National Honor Society. It is truly an honor to be chosen for membership in the Order.


You are about to embark on an incredible journey. The ordeal is an important part of the Order of the Arrow membership process and the next step on your journey. The purpose of the Order of the Arrow and the symbols of the ordeal will be explained to you at the ordeal. You must arrive at the ordeal prior to 7:00 p.m. that Friday evening, but please do not arrive before 5:30 p.m..  Be sure to bring a copy of your BSA Health and Medical Record (physical) parts A and B. The ordeal will conclude no later than 10:00 a.m. on Sunday morning. You need to stay through the entire event to complete your ordeal so please plan accordingly.

The cost for the weekend covers the cost of your sash, a current Allohak Menewi Lodge flap, an OA handbook, weekend food, and your membership dues for the remainder of this year. Following your induction you will have the opportunity to purchase other lodge merchandize like t-shirts, hoodies, and patches.

Here is some important information for you and a list of what you will need to bring with you for the weekend:

SAFETY CHECK: There will be a safety check of candidates prior to heading out to begin the ordeal.  Any Scout deemed unprepared to begin the ordeal will be given the opportunity find the necessary resources (borrow from friends or current OA members) to complete the ordeal.  If resources cannot be acquired the candidate will have to sit out until the next scheduled ordeal.


Sleeping Bag

Ground Cloth or Tarp

Warm Clothes

Extra Blankets (cold weather only)


Water bottle

Rain Gear



For Saturday

Work Clothes

Boots or appropriate work shoes

Work Gloves

Water Bottle


Rain Gear

Shower Gear


Full Scout Field Uniform (Class A)


For Sunday

Full Scout Field Uniform (Class A)

Food will be provided throughout the weekend. If you have any special health concerns or dietary needs, please give us the specifics of your needs when you register. For adults who may be attending the ordeal, any power tools that you may need, such as drills, saws, etc., will be provided for you if you will need to use them.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact Evan Erickson, OA Lodge Advisor, by emailing him at . For registration assistance you may also call Dale Kaufman at Flag Plaza Scout Center at (412) 325-7921. 

We look forward to serving and welcoming you into the Order of the Arrow, Allohak Menewi Lodge 57.

Register for an Ordeal Weekend