Langundowi Lodge #46 Calling Out Ceremony



Kichkinet:

"While Indian Lore is not the main purpose of the Order of the Arrow, it is, however, an attractive sideline of the Order. The American Indian is and was a lover of the natural environment; so too, the Scout camping program is oriented on the great outdoors. This ancient Indian culture is ours to preserve and learn from.

The American Indian customs, traditions, and ceremonies add much color to our Order of the Arrow program of service, and members often make Indian Lore their hobby. However, you do not need a ceremonial outfit or a skill in Indian Lore to become a member of the Order of the Arrow.

The ceremonial clothes that we wear here tonight are near authentic dress of the Plains Indians.

I sincerely ask the audience to keep the strictest of silence, and to give your undivided attention to the Calling Out ceremony of Langundowi Lodge, number 46, Order of the Arrow."



Nutiket:

"Membership in the Order of the Arrow is restricted to First Class or higher ranked scouts, who have completed at least fifteen days and nights of camping with their unit, including at least one week of long-term camping. Scouts are elected to membership by other scouts from their own scout unit, strictly on the basis of their service to others in the camp program, and their willingness to continue in a life of cheerful service to their home unit and their fellow man. Adult scouters are elected into the Order by their unit committee."



Meteu:

"The Order of the Arrow is a national brotherhood of scout honored campers. The Order of the Arrow was founded during the summer of 1915 at Treasure Island, the Philadelphia Council Scout Camp, by Dr. E Urner Goodman, Camp Director and his assistant, Col. Carrol A. Edson.

These camp directors found it desirable to have some form of recognition for those scouts who best lived up to the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives, and who inspired their fellow scouts to conduct themselves in this manner. The Order also promotes scout camping, and maintains good camping traditions and spirit. It also serves to crystallize the scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

This lodge flap, along with the arrow ribbon and sash, identify the Order of the Arrow member. Though the Order has its own activities and service projects at scout camp, this program does not replace a member's responsibility to his home unit. Indeed, each arrowman is expected to give richer service to his own unit, district, and council in return for the honor that his fellow scouts and scouters have extended to him.

After being selected and called out, a scout or scouter must then undergo an Ordeal, which is a series of tests of his sincere dedication to the ideals of Scouting and the Order. If he is faithful in performing these tests, he takes the solemn Obligation of the Order.

Scouts and scouters, this red arrow is the sign of high honor which has been conferred upon you by your fellow brothers for your membership in the Order of the Arrow!"



Nutiket:

"Would everyone please rise so that the selection of candidates may begin."


Kichkinet, followed by Nutiket, makes his way through the rows of scouts.
"Indicators" hold the Scout Sign above each candiate.
Nutiket, after just passing each candidate, then grabs him and puts in line in front of him.
After the selection is complete, all candidates are lined up in front.



Nutiket:

"You may now be seated."


Allowat Sakima:

"That you, my fellow campers, have been chosen by your companions to become a member of our band reflects great credit upon you, and I congratulate you upon your election. You have impressed upon those who have lived closest to you, the sincerity of your purpose to live in accordance with the high ideals of the Scout Promise. The judgment of your fellow campers can hardly have been mistaken. In a short time, you will take upon yourself another solemn obligation to be unselfish in service and devotion to the welfare of others. Your fellow scouts elected you because they felt that you would continue your service in Scouting. DO NOT LET THEM DOWN!"



Meteu:

"Allowat Sakima, we are now ready to accept the candidates for the Ordeal."

Kichkinet and Nutiket take turns bringing each candiate forward, announces their name and unit.
Allowat Sakima taps each on their shoulder. Meteu attaches candidate pins.


Allowat Sakima:

"This concludes the Calling Out ceremony of Langundowi Lodge, number 46, Order of the Arrow."



Copyright © Langundowi Lodge #46. All rights reserved.


As seen below, our Calling Out Ceremony is much older than that wide-eyed first-year-camper who first witnessed it in 1986. Matching text is in green.

The 1968 Ordeal Ceremony pamphlet published by the BSA included several example ceremonies, including the
"Election Ceremony," Ump Quah Lodge #335 Ceremonial Improvement Program, by Raymond C. Petit


Suggested Election Ceremony:


Speaker A:

"Fellow Scouts, the Order of the Arrow is a National Brotherhood of Scout honor campers. Its purpose is to recognize and honor those Scouts and Explorer campers who best live up to the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives, and to inspire them to continue in service to their fellowmen. The Order promotes Scout camping, and maintains camping traditions and spirit. It emphasizes that the good campter is not only an expert in Scoutcraft, but he also practices true Scouthood as expressed in the tradition of the daily Good Turn.

This colorful patch, this Arrow ribbon, and this white sash identify the Order of the Arrow member. They are SYMBOLS OF SERVICE. The Order has its own activities and projects, this program does not replace a member's responsibility to his home unit. Indeed, each arrowman is expected to give RICHER SERVICE TO HIS OWN TROOP OR POST in return for the honor his unit extended to him.

Indian Lore is an attractive sideline in the Order. The Indian was a lover of the open air and his culture is ours to preserve. Indian dances and ceremonies add color to our program of service, and members often make Indian lore their hobby. However, you do not need a costume or skill in Indian lore to become a member.

After being selected a Scout must then undergo the ORDEAL, which is a series of tests of his sincere dedication to the ideals of Scouting and the Order. If he is faithful in performing these tests, he takes the solemn Obligation of the Order and becomes an Ordeal member.

Scouts, you will elect your representatives to our Brotherhood of Cheerful Service. All registered members of this unit except the adult leaders over age 21 are entitled to vote. The names of those eligible for election are listed in alphabetical order...."


Suggested Calling Out Ceremony:


Meteu:
(holding up his red marker)

"Scouts, the red arrow is the sign of the high honor you have conferred upon your fellows. Candidates, you will wear it for the remainder of this camping week. Allowat Sakima, we are ready to accept candidates for the Ordeal!"


Allowat Sakima:

"That you, my fellow campers, have been chosen by your companions to become a member of our band reflects great credit upon you, and I congratulate you upon your election. You have impressed upon those who have lived closest to you, the sincerity of your purpose to LIVE in accordance with the high ideals of the Scout Promise. The judgment of your fellows can hardly have been mistaken. In a short time, you will take upon yourself another solemn obligation to be unselfish in service and devotion to the welfare of others. Your fellow scouts elected you because they felt that you would continue your service in Scouting. Do not let them down!"


Pre-Ordeal Ceremonial:


Allowat Sakima:

"That you, my fellow campers, have been chosen by your companions to become a member of our band reflects great credit upon you, and I congratulate you upon your election. You have impressed upon those who, during the past few weeks, have lived closest to you, the sincerity of your purpose to live in accordance with the high ideals of the Scout Promise. The judgment of your fellows can hardly have been mistaken. In a short time, you will take upon yourself another solemn obligation to be unselfish in service and devotion to the welfare of others. Yet so solemn and so serious is the purpose of our Brotherhood, that it is but right, that before we admit you to our circle, we should put you to the test, and that you should freely and willingly to the ordeal by which we shall make trial of your sincerity. More of our Order you shall learn when you have passed this Ordeal."


The "Ordeal Ceremony" copyright © 1968 Boy Scouts America. All rights reserved.






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