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Ceremonies Committee


The ceremonies communicate the meaning of the Order to the candidates in a unique way. The importance of brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service were displayed in the first ceremony on Treasure Island in 1915. The ceremonies have changed throughout the Order's history but the focus has always been to inspire members to lead lives of cheerful service.

The experiences and ceremonies that accompany the induction process are grounded in the purpose and mission of the Order of the Arrow and are designed to support and enhance the mission of the Boy Scouts of America.


  • Inspire candidates to live the obligation of the Order of the Arrow and follow the lessons given to us by the principles in each ceremony.

  • Accurately portray the American Indians on which the founders based the customs of the Order of the Arrow.

  • Support the chapters of the Nentico Lodge with all of their ceremonial endeavors.

  • Serve as a resource for ceremonialists wishing to learn more of our customs and traditions


To ensure that Scouts and Scouters who may be going through various Order of the Arrow ceremonies in the future do not have their experience lessened or spoiled, some of the material on this web site is protected.

The Order of the Arrow, recognizing the attractiveness of the unknown, utilizes the form of mystery. This shall not be interpreted, however, as justifying the withholding of any information regarding the Order from any person legitimately interested in investigating its nature, purpose, or method. Nothing in the Order shall be interpreted as interfering with any member's religious obligation.

Want to become a Ceremonialist?

The Harford Chapter is always looking for new ceremonialists to join our ceremonies teams. If you are interested please contact the Ceremonies Committee Chairperson and the Ceremonies Committee Adviser at our contact page here.

Pre Ordeal & Ordeal Ceremony

Vigil Ceremony

Cross Over Ceremony

Brotherhood Ceremony

Arrow of Light Ceremony

Nentico Lodge Guide to Ceremonies

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