Pre-ordeal ceremony team.
After being elected or nominated, candidates may participate in a call-out ceremony to recognize those Scouts and Scouters that were selected before they attend their Ordeal. The call-out ceremony may be performed at summer camp, a camporee, a call-out weekend or at a unit meeting. Candidates subsequently participate in an Ordeal, intended to emphasize service and selflessness. During the induction, "candidates maintain complete silence, receive small amounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and are required to sleep alone, apart from other campers, which teaches significant values." If they succeed in their ordeal the candidates are then welcomed as Ordeal members in a formal Ordeal Ceremony.
"Nutiket" before the Ordeal ceremonyPart of what makes the Order of the Arrow exciting are its special ceremonies that are repeated year after year for new and advancing members. Members are asked not to disclose what takes place during the ceremonies, to preserve the experience for new members. Part of the enjoyment and satisfaction of being in the Order of the Arrow derives from the activities and surprises that occur during the various ceremonies.
The candidates arrive outside the ceremony ring and "Kichkinet" brings them into the ceremony ring and "Nutiket" ask him if they know the "admonition"
METEU: Years ago, in the dim ages, In the valley of the Delaware, Lived a peaceful tribe of Indians Ä Lenni Lenape their name was. Deer and bear, wildcat and panther Through the forest oft they hunted. On the bosom of the river Peacefully they fished and paddled. Round their busy village wigwams Still the chase they nimbly followed. In this state of bliss so happy Many moons they lived contented. Springtime blossomed into summer, Summer into autumn ripened, Autumn died on winter's bosom; Thus the seasons in succession Never ending seemed to pass on. But, behold, a cloud arising Changed how soon this peaceful aspect. Neighboring tribes and distant enemies, Suddenly disturbed their hunting. Then Chingachgook, aged chieftain Of the tribe, made quick inquiry: "Who will go and carry warning Of this dire and dreadful danger To all Delawares, our brothers?" But none wished to make the journey.
Then spoke up the noble Uncas, Worthy son of the old chieftain, "O my father, I am ready; Send me on this gracious errand. If we would remain a nation, We must stand by one another. Let us both urge on our kindred Firm devotion to our brethren And our cause. Ourselves forgetting, Let us catch the higher vision. Let us find the greater beauty In the life of cheerful service." Off upon the trail they started, Old Chingachgook and young Uncas; And in every tribal village Some were found who were quite willing To spend themselves in others' service. When at last the fierce marauders Were forced back to their own country And peace was declared between them, They who first themselves had offered For the service of their Brethren, To the places most respected By the chieftain were promoted: For, said he, who serves his fellows Is, of all his fellows, greatest! As a seed dropped by the sower On good soil bears quick fulfillment: So this saying of their chieftain In their hearts found glad acceptance And they asked that in some manner He should make its memory lasting. So together fast and firmly Chief Chingachgook bound these warriors In a great and honored Order, Into which can be admitted Only those who their own interests Can forget in serving others. And so firm must be their purpose So to live, that their companions, Taking note of their devotion, Shall propose them to the Order. We, therefore, to them succeeding To the present day perpetuate The names and token of this Brotherhood of Cheerful Service Called by Delawares: Wimachtendienk, Wingolauchsik, Witahemui!
I like it partly because I see the Movie "Last of the Mohicans" in this and it shows a person willing to risk their life in service to others and such a thing is an honorable thing for a person is willing to suborn their interest to help others. part of the O.A. is "Cheerful Service" to work to help others. This is one of the things I like about the Order of the Arrow.