Ordeal Weekends

On behalf of Kola Lodge, Congratulations on your nomination to the Order of the Arrow! So what comes next? We hope that the information on this page will answer that question for you, so please read on!

The Order of the Arrow is Scouting’s National Honor Society, originated in 1915.

The Purpose of the Order of the Arrow is:

  • To recognize those campers who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives
  • To develop and maintain camping traditions and spirit
  • To promote Scout camping
  • To develop the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others

Candidates for the Order of the Arrow are chosen and elected by their peers within their troop or team not for what they have done, but for what they are expected to do in the future in their service to the welfare of others. You were nominated because your fellow Scouts saw in you an acceptance and adoption of the ideals of Scouting outlined in the Scout Oath and Law.

Induction in the order of the Arrow and the associated membership allows you to attend Chapter, Lodge, Sectional, Regional, and National events hosted by the group for members of the Order of the Arrow. Additionally, the organization provides leadership training and service opportunities at all levels in the Boy Scouts of America to build upon the experiences and knowledge you have already worked so hard to achieve. We would hope that you take what you learn back to your unit as the first obligation of a member of the Order of the Arrow is to support their unit.

Induction into the Order of the Arrow requires that you attend what is known as an “Ordeal” weekend where Ordeal candidates and active members camp out and cheerfully participate in service projects. The Ordeal experience is unlike any other you will ever experience. You should be prepared to spend a night sleeping under the stars and work on a number of service projects in the day followed by a ceremony inducting you into the Order of the Arrow.

If you have other questions about the Order of the Arrow, please see the National, Regional, Sectional, and Council websites for more general information about the Order of the Arrow, contact the Lodge, or talk to any current active member of the Lodge in the Council who you may already know.

Otherwise, please continue on below for more information regarding the Ordeal Weekend itself:

The Ordeal Weekend

Location, Date, Food, & Event Fees

Kola Lodge holds three Ordeals per year: the two spring Service Weekends and the Fall Ordeal. These events are generally held at one of the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch (MAP) sub-camps or at Camp Laramie Peak (MAP). For the dates and locations of upcoming ordeal and Service Weekends, please see the Lodge Calendar on the main Lodge webpage, the Council calendar, or the Lodge events registration page.

Included in the fees for these events are your sash, lodge pocket patch, OA handbook, OA membership card, ordeal certificate, and food and Council/National BSA fees & insurance for the weekend. Also, the fee includes your dues up through December 31st of the year of your ordeal. You will have to pay your dues again next year just like in your troop, team, crew, or post. All meals are provided for Saturday and Sunday through breakfast as part of the event fees. For Friday evening, eat prior to arrival at the event or bring food with you to eat before registration.

IMPORTANT: Extra food for Saturday and Sunday is not permitted unless you have a legitimate medical need.

Ordeal Candidate fees for Ordeal Weekends are $50.00; if you sign up before noon of the “on-time” registration date on the registration page, you will receive a $10.00 discount, however, if you do not register until actually at the event, you will need to pay an additional $10.00.


Due to the potential of bear issues whenever camping in the mountains of Colorado and Wyoming, Council camps require all Scouts and Scouters properly and safely store all smellables. The Lodge will provide storage for all smellables. Please pack any smellables you do bring to camp in a bag (re-sealable plastic, cloth, etc…) with your full name visible and clearly printed.

Equipment & Required Paperwork

Because food is provided by the OA staff, required gear for an Ordeal is less than you would normally bring to a Scouting camping trip and is generally limited to personal gear. Please print a copy of this OA-Kola Ordeal Gear List for recommended equipment to bring to the Ordeal weekend.

The Annual BSA Health and Medical Record, Parts A and B is required for all individuals attending this event.
NEW – Neither Part C, nor a physician’s signature is required.

For youth candidates, make sure a parent or guardian signs the form!

Note that these are the same forms required for our scout camps and used by many troops, so you can bring a copy of that form if you already have a current one.

Please note that it is the candidate’s responsibility to retrieve his or her medical form upon check-out from the event if he or she wants it returned. Otherwise, all forms not retrieved will be shredded.

 Special Medical Needs

If you have any special dietary, activity, or medical needs or restrictions be sure to include the required information on the registration form and medical form so that the Lodge can adequately and appropriately accommodate your needs. All sensitive medical information will be kept confidential.

From the National BSA Camp Standards:

“All prescription drugs (including those needing refrigeration) are to be kept in locked storage and in compliance
with local and state laws. An exception may be made for a limited amount of medication to be carried by a
camper, leader, parent, or staff member for life-threatening conditions, including bee-sting or heart
medication, and inhalers, or for a limited amount of medication approved for use in a first-aid kit.”

The Lodge will provide the required storage. Any collection of medication will occur at check-in when you turn in your medical form. Please clearly mark containers for medication.


Please go to the Lodge’s registration page. There are various ways to register for Lodge events described on that page by mail, phone, fax, or online.


Each Scout and Scouter is responsible for his or her own transportation to and from the event.

 Arrival & Departure

Candidates should plan to arrive in their Field uniform (Class A) between 5:00pm and 6:30pm on Friday evening. Registration for candidates is open from 6:00pm to 7:00pm; PLEASE DO NOT BE LATE.

New Ordeal members will be able to leave on Sunday morning at roughly 9:30am (depending on how long it takes to clean up).


Although some minor changes may be required for individual Ordeal induction weekends, check-in times are firmly established. Please be on time. Please read through the Standard Ordeal Schedule for a rough outline of the event.

 Questions & Concerns

If you have any questions or concerns not addressed above, please contact your District’s Chapter Adviser or the Lodge Adviser.