Notawacy #205 W.W.W. Call Out Ceremony PART ONE
(In enters meteu and nutiket flanked by torch bearers)
The Order of the Arrow is a national Brotherhood of Honor Campers. Its purpose is to recognize and honor campers who best live up to the Scout Oath and Scout Law in their daily lives and to guide them in expanding the service that has made them outstanding. The Order of the Arrow promotes scout camping traditions and spirit. Our Brotherhood prides itself in the areas of service, fellowship, and cheerfullness.
But the Order of the Arrow is not to take the place of your regualr unit. It is only to highlight the ideals and goals of Scouting, and put them to practice. We recognize those individuals in front of their fellow scouts and scouters, those who have been elected by their peers in the calling out ceremony. When your name is called, come forward and prepare to be greeted by our mighty Chief.
I declare the council ready. Let the ceremony begin! (Goes to center of ring, gives call) Nemat Apachen!
(Allowat Sakima enters from canoe at front of council ring behind fire. Holds hands up back to audience and flashpots ignite)
Who in this group is a friend to all and a brother to every scout. Who is cheerful, even when he has many tiresome tasks to do. Who among you is ready to give unselfish and wholehearted service to others. Who, in serving others, can forget his own desires and interests. In all, ask yourselves, Who in this group, by living up to the scout oath serves your felow scouts with such an example of Brotherhood and Cheerfulness, that you look up to him with deep respect and admiration. Those that are called, come forward and be recognized.
(Reads Names, Troop Number of individual)
(Torch bearers take candidate to Allowat, after he is "Called Out" he is placed in a line behind the campfire facing the audience)
Is their anyone we have forgotten? (They are taken like the others to Allowat. He asks the name, troop, then calles them out) These individuals have been elected to candidacy in the Order of the Arrow. They have lived the Scout Oath and Law and are being recognized for something higher. Yet, to those who are not elected, I offer this challenge, continue to follow the Scouting ideals, do service cheerfully, and help your fellow brother. If you do, soon your name will be called, and you will be up here walking among us. But as you do, it will be others who reap the benefits of your actions and learn to respect and admire you.
To preserve the solomn nature of this ceremony, we ask, as you leave, keep silemnce until you cross the bridge and leave the island. Please to this as you follow our guides. We thankyou for your cooperation. We wish you good camping, and a good night.
(Campers leave the island. Candidates and OA members remain until all campers have exited causeway from island. OA members then proceed to ceremonies ring and candidates follow with torch bearers. Candidates are NOT to have hand on shoulder or bound by rope. They are placed in front of fire unlit.)
That you, my fellow campers, have been chosen by your companions to become members of our band reeflects great credit upon you and I congradulate you on your election. You have impressed upon those who during the past few weeks have lived closest to you, the sincerety of your purpose to live in accordance with the high ideals od the Scout Oath and Law. The judgement of your fellows can hardly be mistaken. Yet, so solemn and so serious is the purpose of our Brotherhood that is but right that before we admit you to our circle, you should submit yourself freely to the Ordeal, by which a trial shall be made of your sincerity. More of our Order you shall learn when you have passed this Ordeal. It is sufficient to tell you now that its foundation is Service and Cheerfulness. let me also state that NO harmful or dangerous actions shall fall before you.
The council ring is ready for your use. The fire, unlit is a symbol of you in perspective of our Order, being in the dark with little or no knowledge. The characters before you are more that just people, the spirit of our Order liw within them. In a short time, you will rake upon yourself another solemn obligation, to be unselfish in service and devotion to the welfare of others. Your fellow Scouts elected you because they felt you would continue in your service. DO NOT LET THEM DOWN!
Mindful of your intention, here beneath the light of heaven, deep in your heart and spirit, search to find the resolution, that will guide you on your journey. Be brave and strong and cheerful, as you unsdertake your Ordeal, with guidance from your maker. Seek to serve your fellow mortals, thus, be ever true and faithful to the high ideals and purpose of the Order of the Arrow. This is your purpose and intent, mark with silence, reverent. (Pause for at least a minute)
Allowat: (To members) My brothers in the Order of the Arrow, you have proven during the last year that the traditions of your Brotherhood are more than a collection of meaningless words. As we welcome these new candidates on their journey, let us be mindful of our obligation to help and guide them during rthe trials that lie ahead. (To candidates) Fellow candidates let us go where more information on the time and place of your Ordeal shall be presented)
(Time and place are given. Information from candidates are gathered.) (Candidates are invited to OA crackerbarrel as guests of the lodge)