Monday, October 10, 2016

Troop 50's Newest Arrowmen Endure Ordeal

After a troop election for the Order of the Arrow (OA) several weeks ago, two of the elected members headed to Camp Lumpkin in LaGrange, Georgia on Friday night to participate in an "ordeal" that would seal their membership into the OA.  Everett and Louie, accompanied by Committee Chairman and OA Arrowman Rob Stanford spent the weekend in cheerful service with other members of the Chattahoochee Lodge.

Everett & Louie after the induction ceremony
The scouts participated in an ordeal which tested their strength, discipline, and character while they learned many significant values.  The weather was magnificent for the weekend which made the ordeal and the entire weekend a good experience.

The OA is a brotherhood of cheerful service and serves as an organization of those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives.  Members are voted in by their troop peers and are official members after attending the ordeal weekend, which Everett and Louie have.

Everett ready to enjoy a steak dinner after the ordeal
OA members have the opportunity to attend chapter meetings each month with other OA members in the Auburn-Opelika area.  In addition, there are several other events that they can participate in that help maintain our council's camp property and promote leadership and camping skills.  There is no doubt that others will follow in their footsteps as we have future troop elections for the OA.
Louie ready to enjoy a steak dinner after the ordeal