Were you chosen by your fellow scouts to the order of the arrow this year? Here is all the information you need for attending the Wa-Hi-Nasa Spring Ordeal on June the 1st - 3rd at Boxwell Scout Reservation.
It is a honor to be inducted into the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts, the Order of the Arrow. You have attained the respect and admiration of your peers by distinguishing yourself in service and leadership to your unit and you have been rewarded with this remarkable opportunity. If you so choose to take the path that has been laid before you, a world of new opportunities for brotherhood, leadership, and service will open before you, as they have for so many that have come before.
In 1915, two men, Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carol A. Edson, started what would become an international
program within the Boy Scouts. From the Treasure Island scout camp, in Pennsylvania, they established the principles of Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, and Service then applied them to a group of young men who were found willing to spend themselves in serving others. When camp ended, these young men were bound together and in so doing, became the first members of the Order of the Arrow. Since that time, the program has spread coast to coast and across two oceans.
As with any journey, it begins with a single step, the first step. That first step is the ordeal. It is for you to decide whether or not you will go forth upon this journey, but it is my sincerest wish that I might call you a brother after your choice has been made.
Yours in Scouting,
2012 Vice Chief of Service
If you choose to take the path laid before you, then you must first complete the Ordeal.
Where: Boxwell Scout Reservation
When: June 1-3, 2012
How much: Early Fee - $48.00 (by May 18th) or regular Fee - $58.00 (after May 18th)
What to bring: There are several key elements that you must bring to the Ordeal.
(Keep in mind that all items must fit in a backpack)
Parts A & B of the BSA Medical Form
A water bottle
A backpack to carry all your personal equipment
Complete class A uniform (no merit badge sash),
Toiletry items such as soap, towel, etc.
A pair of work gloves
A pocket knife
A poncho (Rain gear)
Clothes you don’t mind getting dirty
A little cash for use in the trading post when your Ordeal is over
A full stomach for Friday night.
A GREAT Scouting attitude -- THIS IS A MUST
What NOT to bring: Extra food, drinks, radios, televisions, sheath knives, hunting knifes, Mp3 players, or
computer games. Garbage bags and totes for carrying your supplies are not permitted. Candidates will not be
able to use cell phones during the Ordeal, and they are encouraged not to carry them during the event due to
the possibility of breaking or losing them during the activities.If a candidate needs a phone due to an emergency,
a phone will be available for their use.
Registration begins by mailing in THIS form to the Council Office. On Site check-in starts at
the Cub World Dining Hall at 5:00 p.m. and goes until 7:00 p.m. on Friday night, but we are asking that you try
to arrive at the times listed below which are divided by county. Those who arrive after 7:30 p.m. will not be
able to go through the Ordeal because you will have missed key aspects of the weekend and it would be unfair to
you if you were to miss them. The weekend will end at 10:00am on Sunday morning, as soon as campsites are
clean. If you need to leave early you need the prior approval of the Ordeal chairman and his adviser.
Arrival Time Counties
5:00-5:30 P.M. Davidson (Cherokee & Hermitage Districts), Roberston, Sumner, Wilson, Smith, Trousdale, Macon
5:30-6:00 P.M. Davidson (Dan Beard, Nashboro & West Districts), Williamson, Rutherford, Cannon
6:00-6:30 P.M. Dickson, Cheatam, Maury, Hickman, Dekalb, Warren, White, Van Buren Montgomery, Stewart, & Fort Campbell, KY
6:30-7:00 P.M. Lawrence, Perry, Wayne, Linden, Giles, Lincoln, Marshell, Humphreys, Houston, Putnam, Jackson, Clay, Overton, Bedford, Coffee, Moore & Franklin