Washington Crossing Council - Order of the ArrowInformation for Ordeal Candidates

Information for Ordeal Candidates

Updated 12/16/2015

Congratulations!  Your election to the Order of the Arrow is a significant one.  Your fellow Scouts have seen you uphold the highest ideals of Scouting, and have selected you to become a member of Scouting's National Honor Society.

On this page, you'll find information about the next step you'll take in the Order: the Ordeal Weekend.  Throughout the remainder of this page, Scouts that have been elected for membership (or Scouters that have been nominated for membership and their nomination approved by the Lodge Adult Selection Committee) in the Order of the Arrow but have not yet completed the Ordeal weekend are referred to as Ordeal candidates.

Additionally, the lodge has a packet of information that goes into greater detail on the Ordeal activities available for download.

General Information

In order to become a member of the Order of the Arrow, Ordeal candidates must complete an Ordeal weekend.  Ajapeu Lodge 2 has three different Ordeal weekends scheduled: the April Ordeal Weekend (April 17-19, 2015), the Spring Ordeal Weekend (May 15-17, 2015), and the Fall Ordeal Weekend (August 21-23, 2015).  Ordeal candidates must complete an Ordeal within one year of the date of their election, and must be completed at a weekend offered by Ajapeu Lodge 2.

All weekends are held at Ockanickon Scout Reservation (5787 State Park Road, Pipersville PA 18947).  Check-in will be held between 5:00 PM and 6:30 PM outside of the Welcome Center at Ockanickon Scout Reservation, and will be conducted by chapter.  Please park your car in the camp parking lot and walk to the Welcome Center.

Note: A chapter is the OA term for a district.  For most districts, your district name is also your chapter name (Playwicki District/Chapter, Lenape District/Chapter, etc.).  If your unit belongs to the Mercer Area District, you are in the Sanhican Chapter.  If your unit belongs to the Hunterdon Arrowhead District, you belong to Pahaquarra Chapter.  If you are unsure what district you belong to, please check with your unit leader.


The Ordeal weekend begins with a call-out dinner at Foster Dining Hall.  The call-out dinner, which begins at 6:30 PM on Friday night, is open to parents of Ordeal candidates and is followed by a call-out ceremony.

Saturday focuses on completing the symbolic tests of the Ordeal, and include the completion of service projects.  Details about the work projects can be found on the registration pages.  The Ordeal ceremony rounds out Saturday night and is where Ordeal candidates will receive their sashes.

Sunday's big event is a lodge business meeting, where updates are provided to the lodge membership.


Registration for Ordeal Weekends is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Ordeal candidates may register at any time to complete their Ordeal at a weekend convenient to their schedules.  Please note: we have limited spaces for each weekend for Ordeal candidates.  Once the limit is reached, no further Ordeal candidate registrations may be taken for that weekend.  Ordeal candidates will need to register for a different weekend at that point.  Ordeal registration is online only.  Paper registrations are not accepted except under highly unusual circumstances.

You can register for the Ordeal Weekend of your choosing beginning March 8, 2015 at the following links:

April Ordeal Weekend Registration
Spring Ordeal Weekend Registration
Fall Ordeal Weekend Registration

The standard registration fee for the Ordeal weekend is $60.  Registration fees are discounted for those that sign up by the posted deadline; the discounted fee is $50.  If there is a financial issue that affects your ability to pay for the weekend, please contact Lodge Staff Adviser Thomas Guertin by email (thomas.guertin@scouting.org) or at the council office (215-348-7205, x103).  Payment does not have to be made online, however, you must fill out the registration form by the posted discount deadline to receive the discounted rate.  Payment may be made at the door by selecting "offline payment" at checkout.

During the course of registration, you will be asked if you would like to register additional attendees for the call-out dinner.  The cost for people attending the call-out dinner (and the subsequent call-out ceremony) is $5 per person.  These people will be dismissed immediately following the call-out ceremony (around 8 PM).  Note that for Ordeal candidates, the dinner fee is included in the candidate's registration -- the fee only applies to those that want to join us for dinner on Friday night.

What to Bring

Ordeal candidates need to pack two packs.  The first pack will contain everything you will need for Friday night, and should contain the following:

  • Signed Annual BSA Health and Medical Record Parts A & B (Fail to provide this at check-in, and you will be sent home)
  • Any medication you will need prior to 8:00 AM Saturday Morning
  • Sleeping bag and ground cloth or ground pad
  • Flashlight
  • Filled Canteen or Water Bottle
  • Rain Gear

The second pack should contain other items needed for a weekend camping trip, including:

  • BSA Field Uniform (commonly referred to as your "Class A" Uniform)
  • Personal hygiene items
  • Clothing suitable for painting
  • Medication you will need for the weekend
  • Small notepad and pen/pencil (for meetings on Sunday morning)

Please do not arrive to camp in your BSA Field Uniform.  You will not need it for Friday night's activities.

Additional Questions

For the answers to most questions, please visit our FAQ page.

If your question is not answered here, please email Lodge Adviser Pete Liptrot at liptrot@verizon.net.

Washington Crossing Council, Boy Scouts of America
1 Scout Way
Doylestown, PA 18901
Office: 215-348-7205
Fax: 215-348-7289
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