To 2021 Elected Candidates and your parents:

Congratulations on being elected to Scouting’s National Honor Society, the Order of the Arrow, Boy Scouts of America! Each council has its own Order of the Arrow (OA) lodge. The OA lodge in Spirit of Adventure Council is called Pennacook Lodge. To become a member, everyone must complete the Ordeal induction weekend. This goes for both youth and adults.

In order to ensure you and your family are prepared for this weekend, the lodge will be holding a Candidate Information/Registration Session on September 26th at 6:00 PM at the United Church in Burlington, MA. If any questions arise before this meeting, please use the contact form below to get answers to any questions regarding the entire induction process.

Registration for the Ordeal Weekend will open closer to the event. Below is a list of proper equipment that is highly recommended for your induction weekend.

All candidates must turn in a valid BSA medical form when they check-in. Forms may also be turned in at the candidate meeting if you prefer. Candidates will be unable to attend the Ordeal without this paperwork due to BSA policy. Forms must be from within the past 12 months. Part C is not required for this event. All required forms and guides are available for download below, under the 2021 Ordeal Registration Forms and Materials section.

REMEMBER: Due to a change in National policy in relation to COVID-19 you are considered a candidate for membership for 2 years starting from the day on which you were elected. So if you did not successfully complete one of the Ordeal weekends in 2020, then you will have the opportunity to attend an Ordeal/Induction Weekend in 2021. Note: If the lodge does not have the exact date of your unit election, we will use an election date of 1/1/2020.

To 2021 Selected Adult (21+) Candidates:

You are NOT a candidate for membership until you receive written confirmation from the Lodge Adviser. Selection is based on a decision from the Adult Selection Committee after the completion of the Adult Nomination Form by the Unit Committee Chairman. Members of this committee include the Lodge Adviser, the Lodge Staff Adviser, the Scout Executive, and key youth members of the lodge. If you or your unit would like to check the status of your nomination, please email the lodge adviser at

2021 Ordeal Registration Forms and Materials

Clarification note: Your informational letter may reference a signed registration form. This form has been replaced by an online form and the BSA medical form. If you need a paper registration form, they will be available at the candidate meeting. If you need a paper form and will not be at the meeting, please select “Lodge Chief” on the form below and request additional information.

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