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I just got elected by my troop!! What do I do?
Congratulations on your candidacy. Your fellow Scouts have recognized you for this honor because you have demonstrated that you exemplify the values of the Scout Oath and Scout Law in your daily life. Being recognized by your fellow Scouts is the first step in becoming a member of the Order of the Arrow. The step is to begin your induction process. This will test your camping ability, physical stamina, and mental fortitude. You may have heard rumors about the induction, but I assure you that you have nothing to fear. With true spirit and strength of heart, you will have no problem passing this time of testing. It will be a very meaningful and challenging experience.
This year, two induction weekends are scheduled. The first one will be May 19-21 at Camp Roosevelt. The second will be held October 20-22, also at Camp Roosevelt. You must complete your induction during one of these two weekends; otherwise you must be re-elected (if a youth) or re-nominated (if an adult) by your unit after more than a year passes since your election.
The cost will be $40.00 for the weekend. This may seem a bit expensive, but it covers the cost of all meals, the OA handbook, sash, pocket flap, and a year of dues. Please make all checks payable to the KATAHDIN AREA COUNCIL or KAC. You may pre-register with the form in the candidate package here or at: http://bit.ly/candidatespringinduction2017 for the Spring Induction, or http://bit.ly/candidatefallinduction for the Fall Induction.
For the weekend, you will need a copy of your candidate registration form, class 2 medical form, sleeping bag, ground cloth, a complete Scout uniform, work clothes, gloves, a Scouts outdoor essentials, bug dope, an extra smaller pack, and extra clothes. Please keep in mind the radical Maine weather climate; in other words, BE PREPARED and dress appropriately to endure the elements. PLEASE DO NOT BRING FOOD. All medications must be checked at the registration station upon arrival. Registration will be between 7:00 PM and 8:00 PM on Friday night. It is important that you register at the latest, a week before and earlier is better.
After you are inducted in to the Order of the Arrow you will be eligible to purchase OA items at the OA store on Saturday evening. You should bring money if you would like to buy additional patches or other OA items. An OA orientation session will be held Sunday morning at all induction weekends. The weekend will complete at 11:00 am, and you may check out following the orientation. Please have your ride ready to pick you up at that time. It is important that you stay for the entire weekend.
I hope to see you at one of the induction weekends!
Yours in Scouting,
Pamola Lodge 211 is the Order of the Arrow lodge for the Katahdin Area Council, serving northern and eastern Maine, and is part of the Order of the Arrow, Northeast Region and Section NE-1. Pamola Lodge has the biggest area of any lodge east of the Mississippi and is the most northern lodge in the continental United States.
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