General Information


During each induction weekend we will be utilizing a free text messaging service to keep leaders on reservation up to date and informed. We ask that all adults sign up for the texting service upon arriving. The texting service codes will be available when you arrive at the event on a whiteboard in front of the great house.


Check in will open at 4:00 p.m. on Friday. As soon as your unit has arrived at your campsite, the OAUR & Scoutmaster immediately need to walk to the Camp Office. Be sure you have health forms on hand of everyone in your unit on hand when you come to The Office to check-in. We will verify your participants, review any payment discrepancies, and confirm your unit’s specific camping location. There is no refund for no shows at OA events.


Absolutely NO walk-in registration will be allowed. Any walk-in may register for another Induction and then will be asked to leave. If you have someone who you registered for the Induction Weekend, but cannot make it, you will be allowed replace that spot with another person in the same type of registration (i.e. a non-Arrowmen who is not going through Ordeal who cannot make it may be replaced by another non-Arrowman or Arrowman). EXCEPTION: if someone who could be an Ordeal or Brotherhood candidate can fill in for another Arrowman/non-Arrowman who cannot attend Induction Weekend, you may add them as a replacement and pay the difference at check-in.


Anyone and everyone at Induction Weekend MUST have a wristband to be on Reservation. Anyone that is not wearing a wristband will be asked to immediately check-in at the Great House to verify that they should be on Reservation for Induction Weekend. If you are unable to verify registration for the weekend, you will be asked to leave the Reservation. The Gate will open to camp at 4:00 on Friday and will be closed until Sunday Morning. To leave, you MUST check-out at the Great House and be given the exit code to leave camp. If you need to arrive at camp while the gate is closed, you must pick up the phone at the front gate and have the camp office let you in. Immediately check in at the Great House upon arrival.


Driving MUST be kept to an absolute minimum once you’ve arrived. Please adhere to ALL speed limits on the Reservation. Camp vehicles, permitted staff vehicles and camp Kubota’s should be the only vehicles transporting anything for work projects and/or emergency procedures.


Brotherhood Ceremonies will be held on Saturday afternoon; Ordeal ceremonies will be held in the evening. All ceremonies will be held at Whippoorwill this year. Any visitors to Ceremonies MUST check in at the Great House prior to coming to Ceremonies. You must have a wristband from check-in to attend ceremonies. Please refer to the information above regarding On-Site Security. A Ceremony schedule will be provided at the event.


If we have to enact any emergency procedures this weekend, we will utilize shelters throughout Naish as summarized on page 14 of the weekend's schedule. PLEASE PREPARE FOR COOL RAINY WEATHER CAMPING; RAIN GEAR, HEAVY SLEEPING BAGS, JACKETS, GLOVES, HATS, SOCKS, AND LAYERS OF CLOTHING ARE ALL APPROPRIATE FOR THE WEEKEND. We will continue to track forecasts and use all our resources to keep everyone safe in the case of severe weather or other potential emergencies. Storm shelter locations are on the map on page 3; emergency procedure information is on page 14 of the schedule.


The Trading Post will be open throughout the weekend. We encourage you to visit the Trading Post to purchase Arrowheads for your new Ordeal and Brotherhood candidates, update your coup thongs with beads or purchase some of our new OA and camp T-shirt or camping gear. Several items will be on sale this weekend.

The Lodge Executive Committee is committed to providing an increased level of customer service to each of you. We hope that this information is a welcome big step in that direction as we continue to grow the profile and significance of Order of the Arrow in Heart of America Council!