Membership

Eligibility to the Order of the Arrow

To become eligible for election, a Boy Scout or Varsity Scout must be registered with the Boy Scouts of American and have the approval of his unit leader prior to the election. The unit leader must certify his Scout spirit. The unit leader must also certify that the nominee meet all specified requirements at the time of this annual election.

Youth Membership Requirements

All members of, or candidates for membership in, the Order of the Arrow who are under 21 years of age shall be considered youth members or candidates for youth membership, subject to meeting the following requirements.
  • Be a registered member of the Boy Scouts of America.
  • Hold the First Class rank of the Boy Scouts of America, as a minimum.
  • After registration with a troop or team, have experience 15 days and nights of Boy Scout camping during the two-year period prior to the election. The 15 days and nights must include one, but no more than one, long-term camp consisting of six consecutive days and five nights of resident camping, approved  and under the auspices and standards of the Boy Scouts of America. The balance of the camping must be overnight, weekend, or other short-term camps.
Candidates for youth membership shall be elected by other youth members in accordance with policies set forth by the national Order of the Arrow committee. Election of any person under 21 years of age as a candidate for membership shall be based on fulfillment of the youth membership requirements.

Adult Membership Requirements

All members of, or candidates for membership, in the Order of the Arrow who are 21 years of age or older and who are registered members of the Boy Scouts of America shall be considered adult members or candidates for adult membership. Individuals shall be selected as candidates based on the following. Adult Leaders in Units Each year, upon holding a troop or team election for youth candidates that results in at least one youth candidate being elected, the unit committee may recommend one adult to the lodge adult selection committee, composed of the Lodge Adviser, the chairman of the council committee on which the Lodge Adviser serves, and the Lodge Staff Adviser. Troops or teams having more than 50 registered active youth members may nominate an additional adult for every 50 registered, active youth, or fraction thereof. For example: a Troop having 51 to 100 registered, active youths may nominate two adults each year if at least one youth has been elected. Recommendations of the adult selection committee, with the approval of the Scout Executive, serving as the Supreme Chief of the Fire, will be candidates for induction, provided the following conditions are fulfilled.
  • Selection of the adult is based on the ability to perform the necessary functions to help the Order fulfill its purpose, and not for recognition of service, including current or prior achievement and positions.
  • The individual will be an asset to the Order because of demonstrated abilities that fulfill the purpose of the Order.
  • The camping requirements set forth for youth members are fulfilled.
  • The adult leader's membership will provide a positive example for the growth and development of the youth members of the Lodge.
Adult Leaders in Council and District Positions The Lodge Adviser, District Chairmen, Council President, or members of the professional staff may recommend adults to the Lodge adult selection committee. Recommendations of the adult selection committee, with the approval of the Scout Executive, serving as Supreme Chief of the Fire, will become candidates for induction. All requirements set forth for adult leaders in units must be fulfilled, with the exception of the camping requirements, which may be waived at the discretion of the Lodge Adviser and Scout Executive.
The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order. During the experience, candidates maintain silence, receive small amounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and sleep apart from other campers. The entire experience is designed to teach significant values.  All candidates for membership must complete the Ordeal.
Your completion of the Ordeal sets you on the path of an exciting adventure. After 10 months of service to your unit and fulfilling certain requirements, you will be able to seal  your membership in the OA by taking part in the Brotherhood ordeal. Brotherhood membership marks the completion of your induction into the Order of the Arrow. Monaken Lodge is pleased to announce that YOU are eligible for Brotherhood membership within the lodge. You must meet five challenges before you can enter the Circle of the Brotherhood. These challenges are meant to strengthen your understanding of the Order as well as prepare you for the journey ahead. The first of the challenges is already completed:

In preparation for your Brotherhood Ordeal

  • You have remained active in your troop and lodge for at least 10 months (just be sure you keep your dues paid:  that is the fourth challenge)
  • Second, you need to learn and memorize the Obligation, Song, hand shake, Admonition, and Sign of the Ordeal. (These can be found in your Order of the Arrow handbook or at http://www.jumpstart.oa-bsa.org/)
  • The third task is to grow in understanding of the Ordeal, the signs and symbols brought to you during your ordeal experience. This information can also be found in your handbook or at the above website.
  • Write a one-page letter to the Brotherhood chairman explaining how you have used your Ordeal to grow as a leader, what it means to you, and how you plan to use your Brotherhood membership to not only strengthen the lodge, but also yourself.
  • Carve a 3 foot walking stick. About 12 inches from the end, carve a notch so the stick can be broken. In this 1 foot section carve words like “WWW”, “OA”, “103”, “Monaken” or even the Brotherhood arrow
  • If taking your brotherhood you will need to be checked in at camp by 6:30PM to finish preparing to take your ordeal.
Be sure to write the letter and carve a walking stick prior to the Ordeal. It is not recommended that you do both at the Ordeal This list may seem daunting at first, but when broken down into smaller parts, you’ll find it’s quite manageable. If you need any help along the way feel free to contact any lodge officer or your troop Order of the Arrow Representative.
After two years of exceptional service as a Brotherhood member, and with the approval of the national Order of the Arrow committee, a Scout or Scouter may be recognized with the Vigil Honor for their distinguished contributions to their lodge, the Order of the Arrow, Scouting, or their Scout camp. This honor is bestowed by special selection and is limited to one person for every 50 members registered with the lodge each year.

Renewing your Membership

You can renew your dues for the Monaken Lodge throughout the course of the year. Below is all the information you need to renew your dues.

Fee

  • If you are current in your dues (meaning that you have renewed up to the current year), the cost to renew your dues for the following year is $12.00
  • If you have dues prior to this current year and you haven’t renewed your dues for this year, the cost to renew your dues is $25.00 (1 years back dues + the current years dues)

Where to pay your Dues

You can pay your dues at any of the following places:
  • Klondike Derby (in the Dining Hall) throughout the day
  • Any Lodge Event
  • Boy Scout Resident Camp
  • At the Council Office
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