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Ask the Chairman - Ordeals at Other Locations Besides Scout Camps

January 24, 2018     Ask the Chairman

Q: Hello Mike,

I was wondering if Ordeals can only be held at Scout camps, or if they can be held at other locations such as a service center? My understanding is that it must be held at a Scout camp from what I read from the guides, as well as considering the logistics involved. Thanks.




A: Elliott,

If your Scout executive or lodge adviser stipulate that your Ordeals will be held at a particular venue (camp or otherwise), that’s where they will be held. Remember, the Scout executive is the Supreme Chief of the Fire and it is from him that your and the lodge adviser’s appointments flow. Ordeals, Brotherhood inductions -- and, for that matter, Vigils -- do not have to be held at a Scout camp. Lodges all over the country hold inductions at various venues that fit their needs based on time of the year and other considerations. However, the final answer still goes back to what your Scout executive and/or lodge adviser have decided is best for your lodge. Thank you for your question!

I hope this helps! Thanks for doing what you do!