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Inductions Portal


This portal is a central place to find audio & video training aids, guidebooks, and other resources related to inductions, elections, and ceremonies.

Some items within this area are password protected using Ordeal, Brotherhood, or Vigil safeguards. For password information, please see Safeguarded Material.

Induction, Election, and Ceremonies Resources

Guide to Inductions

This guide brings together all aspects of the induction process and provides a suggested structure for the inductions committee to follow. It provides the current policies and is filled with information about the inductions process from the Unit Election, to Call-Out, through the Ordeal, and on to Brotherhood.

Guide to Unit Elections

This guide provides information on Order of the Arrow unit elections to both members and non-members. It can be distributed to unit leaders and others who want to know the policies regarding unit elections and how unit elections are conducted. All of the content in this guide is taken from the Guide to Inductions. However, the Guide to Inductions is not made available to non-members because it contains information on the Order’s ceremonies.

Ceremony Team Evaluation & Competition Guidelines

Appendix 3 of the Field Operations Guide explains the two methods of conducting ceremony team events at a section conclave. One is an evaluation of team performances against a standard; the other is an evaluation along with the top teams competing against one another to determine an overall winner. Both approaches are designed to improve ceremonial performance and to maximize the quality of the induction experience for the candidate.

LLD Training for Inductions & Membership

A collection of Lodge Leadership Development resources which focus on the induction process and lodge membership strategies. These training pieces give members of a Lodge Executive Committee the tools to more effectively induct new members, and provide quality programs.

LLD Training for Ceremonies

A collection of Lodge Leadership Development resources which offer training on how to conduct the Order's ceremonies effectively, as well as tips for forming, training, and maintaining a committed ceremonies team.

NOAC Training Materials

At every National Order of the Arrow Conference, the top trainers from around the country share their wealth of knowledge and experience about through a series of training sessions. These resources are designed to help improve your lodge's inductions & ceremonies programs, and are available online for your lodge to browse and utilize.

Guide for Officers and Advisers

The Guide for Officers and Advisers reflects the current policies concerning the organization and administration of the Order of the Arrow lodge, including inductions and ceremonies programs. All chiefs and advisers at the lodge and chapter level should have a copy.

JumpStart for New Arrowmen

The JumpStart website is intended to accompany every new member orientation, as a supplemental tool to provide new members information about the ceremonies, program, and history of the Order. JumpStart is presented in an easy to follow format, and allows new members to become familiar with the Order’s customs and traditions, the Ordeal experience, and their journey to Brotherhood after the Ordeal has concluded.

Cub Crossover and Arrow of Light Ceremony Resources

Cub Crossover Ceremony

The text for the Cub Crossover Ceremony available to download.

Arrow of Light Ceremony

The text for the Arrow of Light Ceremony available to download.

Pre-Ordeal Ceremony Audio/Video Training Aids

Pre-Ordeal Ceremony Demonstrated Video

Although every ceremony team is unique, aspiring ceremonialists may wish to see an experienced team in action. In addition to using the ceremony training materials found in the Guide to Inductions, consider observing this recording of a NOAC competition-level team demonstrate the pre-Ordeal Ceremony. These resources are password-protected using Ordeal level safeguarding. Please keep them safeguarded.

Pre-Ordeal Ceremony Audio Training Aids

The following files are audio recordings to aid ceremonialists with committing their respective lines to memory, from the current official Ceremony for the Ordeal text. These resources are password-protected using Ordeal level safeguarding. Please keep them safeguarded.

Allowat Sakima

Meteu

Nutiket

Kichkinet

Ordeal and Pre-Ordeal Ceremony Resources

Training and resource files for teams and individuals conducting the Ordeal and Pre-Ordeal Ceremonies, including the current ceremony texts, and tips for delivering an effective ceremonial experience.

Ceremony for the Ordeal

The text for the Ceremony for the Ordeal available to download. This file also includes the Pre-Ordeal Ceremony.

Brotherhood Ceremony Resources

Training and resource files for teams and individuals conducting the Brotherhood Ceremony, including the current ceremony text, background information on the new ceremony, and tips for delivering an effective ceremonial experience.

Ceremony for the Brotherhood

The text for the Ceremony for the Brotherhood available to download. This file also includes the Guide to Understanding, which allows members of any experience to learn the meaning of the ceremony and its impact on Brotherhood candidates.

Conducting the Brotherhood Ceremony

Conducting the Brotherhood Ceremony: Notes for Ceremonial Principals and Advisers provides insight into key areas of the new ceremony. Interested Arrowmen and ceremonialists are encouraged to review the document for hints on symbolism, suggestions from the principals, and other useful commentary.

Vigil Honor Ceremony Resources

Training and resource files for teams and individuals conducting the Ceremony for the Vigil Honor, including the current ceremony text, and tips for delivering an effective ceremonial experience.

Ceremony for the Vigil Honor

The text for the Ceremony for the Vigil Honor available to download. This file also includes additional ways to improve the candidate's experience.

Vigil Letters

Sample Vigil Letters referred to in the Ceremony for the Vigil Honor can be found at the link above. You can help contribute to this resource. If your lodge uses Vigil letters, please send them to @email.

Vigil Mementos

Sample Vigil mementos referred to in the Ceremony for the Vigil Honor can be found at the link above. You can help contribute to this resource. If your lodge presents Vigil mementos, please send them to @email.

For more information about the content appearing on this page, or for questions regarding inductions and ceremonial events, please email @email.

Role Model Ceremonies from NOAC 2018 Exemplar Teams

The Exemplar Program

The national Exemplar Recognition program challenges Arrowmen to develop role model skills in ceremonial service. Selected teams must consistently demonstrate near-perfect memorization and excellence in five additional skills, both in advance (on video) and in person (at a National Order of the Arrow Conference).  

The 2018 finalists conducted their ceremonies and received evaluations at NOAC in front of large audiences of Arrowmen. Their cheerful service inspired and trained the many attendees who saw both their ceremonies and the feedback from expert evaluators. Now, ceremonialists throughout the Order can also view these Exemplar ceremonies along with the ceremonialists’ candid commentary.  

Please note that the ceremonial texts these Exemplar ceremonialists used in their demonstrations are a now-outdated edition; the latest edition of the ceremonial texts can be found here on the Inductions Portal. Please keep this in mind as you view these videos and prepare for your own ceremonial work.

Team Interviews

The following videos are brief excerpts from the informal interviews conducted with each Exemplar team at the 2018 NOAC. They are both informative and inspirational, covering a range of questions of interest to Arrowmen of all stripes. Perhaps most importantly, they provide a glimpse into the deep friendships and personal fulfillment that comes from being a dedicated ceremonialist in the Order of the Arrow. 

O-Shot-Caw Lodge, Pre-Ordeal Ceremony (Allowat Sakima: Jordan B.; Meteu: Arturo F.; Nutiket: Nicolas V.; Kichkinet: Tyler S.; Adviser: Jeff Robinson)

Tutelo Lodge, Pre-Ordeal Ceremony (Allowat Sakima: Jacob R.; Meteu: Ben M.; Nutiket: Riley M.; Kichkinet: Sam B.; Adviser: Gary Harvey)

Uh-Tō-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge, Brotherhood Ceremony (Allowat Sakima: Thomas D.; Meteu: Chris T.; Nutiket: Shawn Y.; Kichkinet: Patrick R.; Adviser: Jim Ronayne)

The Exemplar Ceremonies

The Exemplar teams agreed to allow their NOAC ceremonies to be posted online here on the Inductions Portal, to benefit any ceremonialist or adviser seeking good examples, new ideas, or simply inspiration.

No ceremony is ever perfect, and these teams will tell you theirs isn’t, either. But their devotion to candidates shines through even under the stress of an audience, multiple cameras, and a sleepless week of packed NOAC activity. Further, as you view these, remember that there is often more than one way to gesture effectively or to speak expressively in order to personify a principal. What you will see here is just how these ceremonialists chose to do express the words of the ceremonies—in harmony with their own strengths and personalities, but always mindful to personify the Order’s virtues through their principals.

After viewing these Exemplar models, you can—and should!—make your own choices on how to best exemplify your principal and convey the ceremony’s message to your candidates.

These resources are password-protected using Ordeal and Brotherhood level safeguarding. Please keep them safeguarded.

O-Shot-Caw Lodge, Pre-Ordeal Ceremony (Allowat Sakima: Jordan B.; Meteu: Arturo F.; Nutiket: Nicolas V.; Kichkinet: Tyler S.; Adviser: Jeff Robinson)

Ordeal Level Safeguard

Tutelo Lodge, Pre-Ordeal Ceremony (Allowat Sakima: Jacob R.; Meteu: Ben M.; Nutiket: Riley M.; Kichkinet: Sam B.; Adviser: Gary Harvey)

Ordeal Level Safeguard

Uh-Tō-Yeh-Hut-Tee Lodge, Brotherhood Ceremony (Allowat Sakima: Thomas D.; Meteu: Chris T.; Nutiket: Shawn Y.; Kichkinet: Patrick R.; Adviser: Jim Ronayne)

Brotherhood Level Safeguard

What's Next?

In the near future excerpts from the full ceremonies will also be posted with training “modules” focused on individual rubric elements, including close-up views of gestures and delivery along with written commentary. This material will help any team willing to put in the work to improve their ceremonies and their service to their candidates.