OA Brotherhood Review

What is the name of initial membership in the Order of the Arrow? Why does the initial membership have its name?
Ordeal membership. Because it is preceded by a fourfold ordeal

What are the four parts of this ordeal and their respective purposes?
A night of camping alone under the heavens to prove my self-reliance, A day of arduous toil to indicate my willingness to serve others, 24 hours of scant food to demonstrate my power of self-denial, A like period of silence to turn my thoughts inward

How were you prepared for the ordeal?
I was led by Kichkinet to the North end of the camp, where the significance of the Arrow was first revealed as I tested the bow.

When you had completed the Ordeal, how were you dealt with?
I was placed on the trail which leads to the circle of the Lodge.

By whom were you stopped first

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as you approached the circle? Who next barred your further progress?
By Nutiket, the guard, who asked if I had passed the Ordeal without flinching. Meteu, the Medicine Man, who inquired if I had been given the Admonition.

Had you been given the Admonition?
I had not, but Kichkinet, my guide, had and gave it for me

Before whom did you then at last arrive?
Before Allowat Sakima, the chief of the fire, who asked if I had been completely prepared to receive the obligation

What was Kichkinet’s reply to Allowat Sakima’s inquiry?
Only in binding them together

How did Kichkinet call the attention of each of these officers to your presence? What did these taps represent?
By three taps of the hand on the right shoulder. The three parts of the Scout Oath

How did each of the officers respond to Kichkinet’s taps? What did these taps represent?
By one tap, followed by two taps, on the right shoulder. The 12 points of the Scout Law.

How were you and your companions bound together?
By a rope, which until we took the Obligation, represented our tie to the Brotherhood.

How was your preparation for the Obligation completed?
Nutiket directed me to hold my right hand at the Scout Sign and repeat the Obligation after Allowat Sakima.

Repeat the Obligation.
“I, (your name), do hereby promise on my honor as a Scout, that I will always and faithfully observe and preserve the traditions of the Order of the Arrow, Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui. I will always regard the ties of Brotherhood in the Order of the Arrow as lasting, and will seek to preserve a cheerful spirit even in the midst of irksome tasks and weighty responsibilities, and will endeavor, so far as in my power lies, to be unselfish in service and devotion to the welfare of others.”

In what did Meteu instruct you?
In the legend on which our Order was founded.

Who are the central figures of the legend?
The aged Chieftain, Chingachgook, and his son, Uncas, who by their cheerful and self-sacrificing service are said to have saved the Delaware lodges from annihilation.

What did Allowat Sakima then impart to you?
The symbol of the Order, the Admonition, and the sign of Ordeal membership.

What is the symbol of the Order?
The arrow, whose undeviating course when aimed high is a token of leadership

How is the Order’s symbol worn?
Pointing over the right shoulder

Give the handclasp of the Order.
Left hand, lower two fingers interlocked

How must the Admonition always be given?
Whispered in the ear

Give the Admonition.
Ahoalton

What does the Admonition mean?
To love one another

Give the sign of the Ordeal.
Draw an arrow from a quiver over the left shoulder with right arm

What is the full name of the Ordeal?
Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui
(Wee-mok-ten-dee-enk, Win-go-lough-sik, Wi-tah-hem-oo-ee)

In what language is the full name of the Ordeal given?
In the language of the Delaware Indians, the Lenni Lenape

What is the meaning of the full name of the ordeal in English?
The Brotherhood of Cheerful Service

Give the words, or sing, the song of the Order
“Firm bound in brotherhood, gather the clan that cheerful service brings to fellow man.
Circle our council fire, weld tightly every link that binds us in brotherhood, Wimachtendienk.”

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