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There are no ranks in the Order of the Arrow, only levels of understanding. An Ordeal Member’s only obligation is to his Scouting unit. Brotherhood Membership is for those Scouts whose primary obligation is still to the unit, but who also wish to expand their service to the Lodge.
Use your OA Handbook to learn more about these topics.
Ever since the inception of the Order of the Arrow in 1915, it was intended that all members should be equal in rank. Brotherhood membership does not provide a specific degree of rank, status, or special honor like that of the Vigil Honor.
Instead, the Brotherhood is an opportunity for members to reaffirm their belief in the high purposes of the Order. The ceremony is intended as a source of inspiration that motivates brothers to give even greater service to Scouting.
An Ordeal member may become a Brotherhood member when he has completed the five Challenges of Brotherhood Membership below:
1. Memorize the signs of OA Membership:
2. Advance in your Understanding of the Ordeal:
3. Serve Your Unit
4. Plan for Service in your Lodge
5. Review Your Progress
When you earnestly feel that you have met the four challenges above, write a letter to the Lodge Secretary. In this letter:
This may be done at any Wipala Wiki activity offering Brotherhood conversion. At this time the Brotherhood Candidate will be given the opportunity to rededicate himself to the lodge and the OA by performing cheerful service during the fellowship or activity. Be sure to wear your Class A Uniform and OA Sash. All Ordeal Members who have successfully fulfilled the five challenges will be inducted as Brotherhood Members of the Order of the Arrow.