Along with the Vigil Reunion the Lodge also had an ordeal ceremony, 21 ordeal candidates were present along with 2 brotherhood and 1 Vigil candidate. Spenser Bailey along with Juan Lopez led the way with planning and carrying out the ordeal and activities, including a service project.
The service project was tree planting on a US Forrest area burned by fires two years ago. The Forrest Service had over 200 volunteers from the surrounding area. Our lodge provided close to 50 of those 200 volunteers.
Scouts and Scouters planted over 800 of the approximately 5,000 trees planted that day. Many people were impressed with the enthusiasm and the hard work done by our Scouts and leaders.
According to Juan Lopez it was the main topic of conversation at the local church the next day. The scout leaders themselves said this was a project that really made a difference to the local community and a good model to follow for future service projects we do with the Order of the Arrow.
The brotherhood ceremony, the pre-ordeal, and then the ordeal ceremony on Saturday afternoon were very well done. The ceremony team did a great job and made a great impression on all of the scouts participating. A big thanks to all who were involved in this project, especially to all of those ordeal and brotherhood candidates that worked so hard and gave so much to make this event a huge success. The day ended with a tasty feast at the Community Center in Oak City. Everyone went home with full belly and a good idea of what the Order of the Arrow is all about.
Author: Michael Keller | Tu Cubin Noonie Lodge, Order of the Arrow Advisor