from the CVC for Inductions & Ceremonial
"Brothers, we are ready."
With these words, Allowat Sakima opens the Pre-Ordeal
ceremony. It is the expression of the willing and cheerful service
of our Order, and sets the tone for the candidate's Journey
Some Arrowmen thought that receiving their Ordeal sash was
the end of their Journey in our Brotherhood. Others sealed
their membership after ten months and slowly faded away.
Those who remain vigilant are highly honored for their service
and leadership to Scouting or the Order. At each fork in this
arduous trail there are many inviting places to stop and rest.
However, if you stop you might never start again. We who
come to this realization know that our Journey never ends, and
no one, not even ourselves, will know of our ultimate success
or failure in our lifetime.
The OA ceremonies are the map and compass for your Journey.
They are the embodiment of the principles of the Order, and
a physical reminder of our Obligation. They are as Meteu
said: "All the natural world around you shows you clearly your
reflection." By knowing even the most basic symbolism and
meaning within the ceremonies, you can be better prepared to
face the challenges of the Ordeal as they come in different
forms throughout your life. The ceremonies tell what you
have been through, as well as what is to come.
The mission of the Inductions & Ceremonial Events (ICE)
committee is to make a significant impact on the quality of
ceremonies in the Order of the Arrow. We will accomplish this
through the training and evaluation of Arrowmen like you at
the 2000 NOAC at the University of Tennessee. By participating
in training and performance evaluations at NOAC, you as an
Arrowman can acquire a better understanding of the ceremonies
and how they apply to you, your lodge or council, and even
the "natural world around you."
Brother, are you ready?
Yours ever cheerfully,
CVC for Inductions & Ceremonial Events
2000 National Order of the Arrow Conference
Inductions & Ceremonial Events Committee
Invitation Letter From the CVC
Ceremony Evaluation Details
Ceremony Evaluation Guidelines
Ceremony Evaluation Criteria
Ceremony Evaluation Definitions