The Challenges of Brotherhood Membership

Excerpted from the 2001 Printing of the 2000 Revised Order of the Arrow Handbook, p. 50

You must meet five challenges before you can enter the Circle of the Brotherhood.

The first of these you should meet now.

The next three require steady effort over a period of months.

The last challenge you must meet after you are satisfied that you are meeting the first four.

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  1. Memorize the signs of Arrow membership. Memorize the Obligation of the Order, which you received from Allowat Sakima (printed on the back of your membership card and in your handbook). Also memorize the Order of the Arrow Official Song, the Admonition, the sign of Ordeal membership, and the Arrow handclasp.
  2. Advance in your understanding of the Ordeal. Gain a thorough understanding of the Ordeal through which you have passed.Serve your unit.
  3. Retain your registration in Scouting. During a period of at least 10 months, strive to fulfill your Obligation by continuing and expanding your service to your own troop or team.
  4. Plan for service in your lodge. Retain your registration in your Order of the Arrow Lodge and keep your dues paid. Be aware that acceptance of Brotherhood membership involves a pledge of service to the lodge. Develop a concrete idea of how you plan to fulfill this pledge.
  5. Review your progress. When you earnestly feel that you have met the four challenges above, write a letter to your lodge or chapter secretary (depending on who is administering the induction). In this letter:
    1. Explain what you think the Obligation means. Describe how you have been fulfilling this Obligation in your troop or team and in your daily life, and how you have used your understanding of the Ordeal to aid in this service.
    2. Describe your specific plans for giving service in the lodge program.
    3. Include with this letter your advance registration application and fees for the next Brotherhood ceremony according to the instructions given by the lodge. Brotherhood membership can only be conferred by an Arrowman's home lodge--the lodge that serves the council in which the Arrowman's unit is chartered.

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The questions for brotherhood could be something like: