Strengthening the Elangomat Program

NE-2B Conclave 1995

Sanhican Lodge #2

Written/Compiled by Sage Lichtenwalner

 

 

This training session was presented by Bill Freed and Sage Lichtenwalner at the 1995 Section NE-2B Conclave held at Citta Scout Reservation. This session was designed as a "Train the Trainers" session covering the functions of the Elangomat Committee. The Sanhican Lodge has also adopted a similar program which was specifically designed to train Elangomats for Ordeal weekends.

This document contains three parts.

Course Overview
Instructor's Packet and Syllabus
Participant Notes

 

Strengthening the Elangomat Program

NE-2B Conclave 1995

by Sanhican Lodge #2

Written/Compiled by Sage Lichtenwalner

Overview of Program:

The following is the complete packet for teaching a course on Implementing and Strengthening the Elangomat program. This course is designed to instruct OA members on how to start an Elangomat program in their lodge, improve an already existing Elangomat system in their Lodge, and to discuss among the attendees ideas of what other lodges do for their Ordeal Inductions.

Purpose of Program:

This program is not a Elangomat Training program, rather it is a training program for Lodge Officers, and Officers in charge of running the Elangomat Ordeal. It provides valuable information that can help lodges start or strengthen their Elangomat program.

This program has three parts. Each part is divided into subject categories which are in bold capital letters.

1. The Instructor Packet

This packet contains the complete lesson plan for instructing a 1+ hour seminar on Strengthening the Elangomat Program. Under each category, there are instructions on how the particular category should be taught. The instructions for the instructor(s) are in capital letters and are easy to follow. ASK: Ask the audience the question immediately following, and any other related questions which will help them to get the idea of the subject. EXPLAIN: Explain in detail the subject of which you are talking about. Use the Notes supplement page for ideas, and use your own as well. SHOW: List the following items on a board or some other sort of visual. It is to the advantage to the audience and the speaker to prepare visuals before starting the program as this will save time during the program. DISCUSS: Ask the audience questions that will get them to discuss their own ideas and share them with the group. This is the best time where people can learn what other people have done, and learn what was good and what was bad.

2. The Bad Elangomat Skit (See updated Sanhican Lodge version. Not available at this time from the W&T Co.)

This part gives basic ideas on how to demonstrate the Elangomat system in the worst possible way. It gives instructions and ideas on how to perform a good, entertaining, and educative skit. It also includes a sample script.

3. Notes for: Strengthening the Elangomat Program

This packet provides additional information which the presenter(s) should know in order to conduct the seminar. This packet can be handed out at the end of the seminar as a note page so attendees have a complete list on what was discussed, and maybe some ideas that were missed by the instructor(s).

 

 

Strengthening the Elangomat Program Instructor Packet

INTRODUCTION/OBJECTIVES

Introduction and Welcome:

Welcome all arrowmen and introduce yourself and fellow presenters. Explain the purpose of the Session and read the objectives.

Session Objectives:

To understand why we have Ordeals.
To understand the advantages of using the Elangomat System.
To know the qualities of an Elangomat and the keys of being a good Elangomat.
To learn how to start/improve a lodge's Elangomat Program.

WHY DO ORDEALS?

ASK: Why do we do Ordeals?

ASK: Why does the Order of the Arrow have an Ordeal weekend instead of a one-evening initiation ceremony?

(List answers on board) Ex. To teach, to learn the purposes of the order, to experience something special etc.

WHY ELANGOMATS?

ASK: Why do we use the Elangomat Program?

Provide the best experience for each new member, and allow each new member to see the ideals and spirit of the Order of the arrow. Also maximizes the effectiveness of the tests of the Ordeal. What does Elangomat Mean? ("Friend")

WHAT IS AN ELANGOMAT PROGRAM?

EXPLAIN: What distinguishes it from other programs?

Elangomats
Clans
Coordination
Ceremonies
Planning

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

EXPLAIN: The Benefits:

Higher membership retention
Get camp work done
Helps candidates remain faithful to the Ordeal

BAD ELANGOMAT ORDEAL SKIT (See supplement)

REFLECTION ON SKIT

ASK & DISCUSS: What was bad? What could be changed?

(list on board)

Use whatever works best for the given situation, i.e. tradition, schedule, weather, etc.

WHAT IS AN ELANGOMAT?

ASK then SHOW and EXPLAIN: (for this part, list the items on a board and explain what they mean)

What describes him?

Friend, Brother, Leader

What qualities should he have?

Patience, Intelligence, Knowledge of the Principles of the Ordeal, Ability to be a good Counselor

What three qualities should the Elangomat convey to the candidates?

Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, and Service

HOW DO YOU IMPLEMENT THE ELANGOMAT ORDEAL?

SHOW on a board and EXPLAIN these items in detail.

Planning is essential to the success of an Elangomat Ordeal.
A manual covering the Elangomat system for your lodge should be prepared.
Recruitment of Elangomats should begin early, the sooner the better. You can never have too many Elangomats.
Who do you recruit from? Members who:

Sincerely what to do the job for the right reasons.
Have an understanding of the Order - Brotherhood members are ideal
Have some leadership ability
Have a cheerful attitude/spirit
All Elangomats need to be trained at least once.
An Elangomat Ordeal uses Clans to structure candidates.

WHAT MAKES THE ELANGOMAT AND THE ELANGOMAT PROGRAM WORK?

SHOW on a board and EXPLAIN these items in detail.

Keys for functioning as a good Elangomat

Remember the Ordeal is the tests of the Ordeal We cannot disqualify a candidate, only he can make the decision to withdraw from the Ordeal.
Silence is the test that we most have to deal with.
Elangomats lead by example
The Elangomat needs to be a cheerful worker.
Candidates who refuse to follow some test of the Ordeal are uncommon
4 - Step Discipline Procedure

The silent finger shush!!!
Take them aside and tell them to control themselves
Ask the Ordeal Chairman, or Elangomat Sakima to talk to them
Give them a work project by themselves with an Adult supervisor
Clan Chiefs should rely heavily on the assistance of the officers of the Ordeal
Clans can be more cohesive units if they utilize a few tricks i.e. Name, totem, ribbon, or arm band
After the Ordeal, the Elangomat should, if at all possible, keep in contact with the members of his clan

NOW THE FUN PART: HOW CAN THE ELANGOMAT BE RECOGNIZED/IDENTIFIED?

ASK and DISCUSS with group.

Purposes of Stuffe

Recognition of Service and Assistance
Quick and easy identification of Elangomats while on the Ordeal

Incentives such as patches, beads and other special recognition have been used. Some for being an Elangomat at the weekend, brotherhood conversion of the Elangomat's clan, being an Honor Elangomat

(List ideas for recognition/identification of participants on board)

Now you know what some lodges offer, you can take these ideas to your own lodge.

Making the position of Elangomat one of respect is the best incentive. Tradition can play a big role in recruiting Elangomats for Ordeals.

CONCLUSION

We, the members of the lodge, owe it to the candidates to make their Ordeal experience as enriching and memorable as possible.

We who love the woods and camping, we who strive in cheerful service, stand beside and urge them forward. On the next step of their journey, on their long and toilsome journey. Each one ready now to help them through their toils and tribulations. This is our purpose and intent, mark with silence reverent.

 

 

Notes for: Strengthening the Elangomat Program

NE-2B Conclave 1995

by Sanhican Lodge #2

Written/Compiled by Sage Lichtenwalner

Session Objectives:

To understand why we have Ordeals.
To understand the advantages of using the Elangomat System.
To know the qualities of an Elangomat and the keys of being a good Elangomat.
To learn how to start/improve a lodge's Elangomat Program.

WHY ELANGOMATS?

The Elangomat System for Ordeals is designed to provide the best possible Ordeal experience for each new member. It is designed to maximize the effectiveness of each of the tests of the ordeal and allow each new member, through experience, to see the ideals and spirit of the Order of the Arrow.

Elangomat is a Lenni Lenape word meaning 'Friend' and it is the concepts of friendship and brotherhood which underground the entire Elangomat Ordeal process.

WHAT IS AN ELANGOMAT PROGRAM?

Elangomat Ordeals have several key elements which distinguish them from other methods: Elangomats - are members of the Order who have chosen to voluntarily go through the Ordeal and its tests again in order to lead the new members through their ordeal experience and to show through example the meaning of the Arrow. Clans - candidates are organized into small groups of 6-8 with an Elangomat functioning as a Clan leader and remain, together for the entire Ordeal. Coordination - All elements of the Ordeal are assigned with the idea of maximizing the ordeal experience rather achieving set work goals. Ceremonies - are set up to accommodate the situation of having clans organized with Elangomats. Planning - An Elangomat ordeal usually has a higher degree of planning than other methods and planning begins earlier than in other methods.

WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS?

The Benefits of using the Elangomat System for Ordeals are many. Using the Elangomat system, as opposed to the "Task Master" methods, results in higher membership retention because of the improved feeling new members feel towards the members and because they now are very well acquainted With at least one member of the Order, their Elangomat. Elangomat ordeals also tend to be much better at getting work done. Lodges have been know to see twice the work get done with the same number of candidates. Elangomat Ordeals experience better candidate compliance with the tests of the Ordeal. The cooperative nature of the system and the leadership by example of the Elangomat makes it much easier for candidates to remain faithful to the tests of the Ordeal. The Elangomat embodies by his actions the spirit of the Order and helps to Inspire the candidates who see and naturally emulate his actions.

WHAT IS AN ELANGOMAT?

What describes him?

Friend, Brother, Leader

What qualities should he have?

Patience, Intelligence, Knowledge of the Principles of the Ordeal, Ability to be a good Counselor

What three qualities should the Elangomat convey to the candidates?

Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, and Service

HOW DO YOU IMPLEMENT THE ELANGOMAT ORDEAL?

MECHANICS OF IMPLEMENTING AN ELANGOMAT ORDEAL

Planning is essential to the success of an Elangomat ordeal. The key personnel for the Ordeal should be chosen at least six months in advance and ideally a year in advance. The key personnel are the Ordeal Master, and Elangomat Coordinator (if necessary) and their advisors. All elements of the Ordeal should be covered from the schedule, to the ceremonies, to the cook crew. This should all be arranged written out so that when the Ordeal is happening there is nothing that is guess work. If it is written down properly and maintained the process can be continually improved instead of re-invented.

A manual covering the Elangomat system for your lodge should be prepared so that all Elangomats are properly prepared and trained. This could be based on National publications, other lodges efforts, or original to your lodge.

Recruitment of Elangomats should begin early, the sooner the better. You can never have too many Elangomats. Elangomats should be recruited from members who: 1).Sincerely want to do the job for the right reasons. 2.) Have an understanding of the Order - Brotherhood members are ideal. 3.) Have some leadership ability, 4.) Have a cheerful attitude. Elangomats should be recruited by whatever methods possible which don't violate one of the items listed above. Incentives such as patches, beads and other special recognition have been used. Making the position of Elangomat one of respect is the best incentive.

All Elangomats need to be trained at least once. It is not enough for them to have simply observed how their Elangomat acted during their own Ordeal they must be instructed on all the details which are Involved In leading a clan and helping their candidates to have the best Ordeal experience. Training should take place before the Ordeal, preferably at the sight of the Ordeal and can be from 3 hours to a whole weekend affair. The better your Elangomats are trained, the better they will be able to help their candidates and the better Ordeal everyone will have. Training should be done by the most experienced Elangomat available and it is very good for the Ordeal master or Ordeal coordinator to run the training if possible.

An Elangomat Ordeal uses Clans to structure candidates. A clan can consist of 5-10 candidates with 6-8 being optimal. One or more Elangomats is assigned to each clan with one Elangomat being designated Clan Chief. A clan is just another embodiment of the primary unit of scouting, the patrol. Most of what we know about the patrol transfers directly to the clan. The Clan Chief fills the same function as the patrol leader and any other Elangomats would fill the positions of assistant Patrol leaders. A clan functions best if it has an identity and if there is a group feeling associated with it. For this reason, it is imperative that a clan only be broken up under the most extreme of circumstances. Multiple clans can work together on large projects, but they each must retain their identity. A Clan Chief leads his clan by example. He is the most important person for the success of his clan.

WHAT MAKES THE ELANGOMAT AND THE ELANGOMAT PROGRAM WORK?

Keys for functioning as a good Elangomat

Remember the Ordeal is the tests of the Ordeal. Night alone, scant food, arduous labor, and silence are the tests. A candidate only ceases to be a candidate if he renounces the tests. We cannot disqualify a candidate, only he can make the decision to withdraw from the Ordeal. Silence is the test that we most have to deal with. The other tests are built into the structure of the Ordeal, so the supreme test is that of silence. The Elangomat MUST be the perfect example of silence. He must not speak for any reason other than physical danger or extreme discipline. This cannot be overstressed, if the Elangomat is lax on this test, the candidates will be as well. Elangomats lead by example. The Elangomat must be the first to start every task and the last to finish. If he works hard they will too, if he is lazy, so will they be. Candidates have nothing to do but follow the example of the Elangomat, there is nothing for them to do but follow. The Elangomat needs to be a cheerful worker. Attitude is mostly non-verbal and candidates always pick up and mirror the attitude of the Elangomat. If the Elangomat is having fun and happy about his service, this attitude will be picked up by the candidates as well. This is hard to do but essential to accomplish. Candidates who refuse to follow some test of the Ordeal are uncommon if the Elangomat is doing his job properly, but they still exist. They should be dealt with in silence if possible, warned vocally if the problem continues, and turned over to the Ordeal Master of Elangomat Coordinator if the problem persists.

4 - Step Discipline Procedure

1.The silent finger shush!!!
2.Take them aside and tell them to control themselves
3.Ask the Ordeal Chairman, or Elangomat Sakima to talk to them
4.Give them a work project by themselves with an Adult supervisor
Clan Chiefs should rely heavily on the assistance of the officers of the Ordeal, the Ordeal Master, and Elangomat Coordinator if the ordeal is large enough. These officers should do all the things which the Elangomat cannot do. They should explain tasks to clans, coordinate placement and tasks for clans and deal with discipline problems from clans. They should be highly visible and accessible. These officers should have been Elangomats previously so that they understand the tasks involved and should have good advisors to help with problems beyond their experience. Clans can be more cohesive units if they utilize a few tricks. The most important thing to unify a clan is to have a name. A name give identity and it allows clans to have existence beyond that ordeal Lenni Lenape names are a good idea but any sort of name will do. It is also good if on the first night of the ordeal before candidates are put on silence to have activities planned to help candidate and Elangomats get to know one another before silence is imposed. Setting up signals in advance helps as well. Another idea is to provide a unique method to identify members of a clan as unique. A ribbon, necklace, or arm band of unique design of color is an excellent way for members to identify each other at a distance. It also helps ordeal leaders to see who belongs to which clan. After the Ordeal, the Elangomat should, if at all possible, keep in contact with the members of his clan. He should try and make sure that they know when and where meetings are held and that they have the ability to get there. He is the member that they know best and so is the logical person to help them achieve full activity in the Order. The Elangomat can also serve to bring them all the way to Brotherhood membership as in the Nimat or Extended Elangomat system.

Making the position of Elangomat one of respect is the best incentive. Tradition can play a big role in recruiting Elangomats for Ordeals.

CONCLUSION

We, the members of the lodge, owe it to the candidates to make their Ordeal experience as enriching and memorable as possible.

We who love the woods and camping, we who strive in cheerful service, stand beside and urge them forward. On the next step of their journey, on their long and toilsome journey. Each one ready now to help them through their toils and tribulations. This is our purpose and intent, mark with silence reverent.