The Order of the Arrow is known for its history of great ceremonies. below are some ceremony resources to help members learn more about what they represent and to help ceremonialists in their performance preparation.
Arrow of Light and Crossover Ceremonies
Ceremonies Performed By Troops
Cub Scout leaders are urged to contact their equivalent Boy Scout Troop to conduct Arrow of Light and Crossover ceremonies. Ceremonies performed by Troops must be performed without any Order of the Arrow indicia, including sashes.
Ceremonies Performed by OA Chapter/Lodge
For packs and dens without a dedicated Boy Scout Troop, Mitigwa Lodge joins the National Order of the Arrow Organization in changing the way its chapters perform Arrow of Light and Crossover ceremonies. Effective September 2018, the guidelines for LODGE AND CHAPTER CONDUCTED ceremonies are as follows:
- Ceremonies must not be performed in any Native American regalia
- Ceremonies must be presented in full Boy Scout uniform with OA Sash
- Ceremonies must not include face painting
- The only ceremonies that can be performed are the official ceremonies as provided by National. These are:
Any leaders who observe a ceremony team from Mitigwa Lodge not following these guidelines are asked to please notify lodge leadership.
Ordeal (induction) ceremonies are offered during each week of summer camp for those candidates attending summer camp. Additional dates to complete the Ordeal are at Fall Fellowship and Spring Conclave.
Brotherhood Ceremonies are routinely available at Fall Fellowship and Spring Conclave. Additional Brotherhood ceremonies may be offered throughout the year based on need. Please see our Brotherhood Information page for guidelines regarding achieving your Brotherhood.
Vigil Honor Ceremonies
The official Vigil Honor ceremony and banquet are held yearly in the Fall.