Ordeal Members – Seal Your Brotherhood

If you are a member in good standing and completed your Ordeal over 10 months ago, you can become Brotherhood.  Review the Brotherhood Requirements below and see when you can complete your Brotherhood.

Brotherhood Requirements:

  • Completed 10 months of service as an Ordeal member in our Order of the Arrow lodge
  • Maintained your registered membership in Scouting
  • Maintained your registered membership in the Order of the Arrow
  • Memorized the Obligation, the Order of the Arrow Official Song, the Admonition, the sign of Ordeal membership, and the Arrow handclasp
  • Gained a thorough understanding of the Ordeal through which you have passed (See “The Customs and Traditions of the Ordeal” in the Order of the Arrow Handbook.)
  • To signify your desire to seal your membership as a Brotherhood member, please write a letter to the lodge secretary expressing your feelings. In your letter:
    1. Explain what you think the Obligation means,
    2. Describe how you have been fulfilling this Obligation in your troop or team and in your daily life, and how you have used your understanding of the Ordeal to aid in your service, and
    3. Describe your specific plans for giving future service to the lodge program
  • Register for an upcoming Brotherhood ceremony in which you will participate and pay associated fees

Further Information:

The service requirement is 10 months to the day from your Ordeal induction into the Order of the Arrow and no sooner.  If you have any questions about you eligibility for a Brotherhood ceremony, please ask the current lodge secretary for help.

Maintaining your registered membership in the the Order of the Arrow means you must be paid up in full for the current year lodge fees. If you are not current, you will not be allowed to register for your Brotherhood ceremony. You may pay in advance using the lodge fee form found here or pay with your registration form for your Brotherhood ceremony. If you are unsure about your membership status, please ask the current lodge secretary for help.

As an Arrowman, you are encouraged to participate in Chapter and Lodge events as often as you can. Each Chapter has a monthly meeting that coincides with the date and meeting place of the District Roundtable meeting. There are also other Lodge events such as the Spring and Fall Fellowships, Summer Conclave, Haunted Hike, One Day of Service, and Winter Banquet, and more. Get to know your brother Arrowmen by participating more fully in the Chapters and Lodge.

Most information about becoming a Brotherhood member is provided in your Order of the Arrow Handbook which was given to you upon completion of your Ordeal. Use it as a resource for your journey to Brotherhood. If you cannot remember the Admonition, please ask a fellow Arrowman to whisper it to you. They may be able to share a handy tip for you to remember it.

You may uses the sample letter below as a guide to writing your own letter expressing your hopes and desires for your service in Brotherhood. This letter must be provided to the lodge secretary or his representative prior to the ceremony.

Follow though and complete your membership in the Order of the Arrow. As an Ordeal member, you are only at the beginning and are not quite a full member. By sealing your Brotherhood, you invest yourself to full membership and the ideals and traditions of the Order of the Arrow.

 Sample Letter to Lodge Secretary:

Dear Lodge Secretary,


In my efforts to become a Brotherhood member of the Order of the Arrow, I’d like to tell you what our Obligation means to me. I believe that [insert what the Obligation means to you].

Since I completed the Ordeal, I have worked to fulfill the Obligation be [insert what you’ve done to fulfill the Obligation].

I gained an understanding of [insert an ideal the Ordeal helped you understand better] at the Ordeal that has helped me in my daily life by [insert how it has helped you]. In addition, I have been able to serve my troop by [insert how you have served your unit].

I look forward to sealing my membership in the Order of the Arrow by becoming a Brotherhood member. As a Brotherhood member in Lakota Lodge I plan to serve the OA program by [insert how you plan to serve].


Yours in Brotherhood, [Insert your name here]