If you were elected to join the ranks of the Order of the Arrow by your troop/team, congratulations! You have shown yourself to be a leader and have been given the chance to prove it. To join our prestigious ranks you must prove your devotion to our three high ideals of wimachtendienk, wingolauchsik, and withemui (brotherhood, cheerfulness, and service). To participate in an ordeal, you must be in either a Boy Scout troop or a Varsity Crew. You must also have obtained the rank of first class and have at least 15 days and nights of camping (Six days and five nights of this must be from a single, long-term trip).

To assist in learning, the national OA as set up a website called JumpStart where you can learn about many important aspects of the Order of the Arrow. It is recommended that you visit the page before your Ordeal. You can also visit OA Basics or OA frequently asked questions on the national OA website to learn more.