Ordeal Candidates

Congratulations on your election into BSA’s National Honor Society! The induction ceremony, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership in the Order. The entire experience is designed to teach significant values.


The Ordeal is offered on the following dates and must be completed within 18 months of your election or nomination date.


  • June Inductions Weekend: May 31st—June 2nd @ Camp Shenandoah
  • August Inductions Weekend: August 9th—11th @ Camp Shenandoah

Check-in for the Ordeal will be at the Camp Office, at 5:00 PM.  The weekend events begin promptly at 7:00 PM.  Late arrivals are unfortunately not permitted. The Ordeal ends at approximately 7:00 PM on Saturday, but the overall Induction weekend will end around 10:00 AM on Sunday.


Pre-registration is required for all members, at all events, including Ordeal Candidates.  This helps us with meal planning and to ensure that there are enough materials for all new participants. The event cost is $40.00 for Ordeal Candidates, which includes event fee, Ordeal Sash, membership flap and other required materials.


Review the Ordeal Packing Instructions for the details of what all you’ll need.

You do not need any cooking gear, as all meals are provided during the weekend.

Plan to eat before arriving at camp. Dinner will NOT be served Friday evening.

You MUST bring a completed Medical Form (Parts A & B are required).


Attend Lodge and Section events to learn more about the Order and how you can best serve your Troop, District, and Council.  After 6 months of active membership in the Order, an Ordeal member can advance to Brotherhood membership.

Additionally, you can serve as an Elangomat to pay it forward and give back to future arrowmen, as well as gain discounted/free entry into the event.

For those looking to go above and beyond, they can look at earning the First Year Arrowman Award. Any Arrowman who completes the requirements within 12 months of completing the Ordeal will be awarded a specially made Shenandoah Lodge 258 pin along with a certificate acknowledging their completion of all the criteria.