2018 Candidate Information

To 2018 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 make sure you and your family are prepared for this weekend, the lodge is having a Candidate Information/Registration Session on April 29, 2018 from 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM at EDCO (36 Middlesex Turnpike, Bedford, MA ).

Ordeal registration links for the first two Ordeals are below. Registration for the third Ordeal 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.

REMEMBER: You are considered a candidate for membership for 1 year starting from the day in which you were elected. So if you do not do not successfully complete the one of the three Ordeal weekends in 2018, then you would have to be re-elected in 2019 in order to attend an Ordeal/Induction Weekend in 2019. Note: If the lodge does not have the exact date of your unit election, we will use an election date of 1/1/2018.

To 2018 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 adviser@oapennacook.org.


2018 Ordeal Registration Forms and Materials

Ordeal Registration – Ordeal 1 – May 4-6 – T.L. Storer Scout Reservation   

Ordeal Registration – Ordeal 2 – June 1-3 – Wah-Tut-Cah Scout Reservation   

Ordeal Registration – Ordeal 3 – Fall 2018 (Date TBD) – Lone Tree Scout Reservation [COMING SOON}   

Ordeal Information and Packing List   

Adult Nomination Form   

BSA Medical Form Parts A and B   

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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