The OA Induction weekend May 15-17 will surely be one to remember! Three Brotherhood candidates and one Ordeal went to Camp Naish Scout Reservation. Mr. Schoenfeld, Colin K. and Jacob B. (That’s me.) were getting our Brotherhood and Mrs. Emch was going through her Ordeal. It was forecasted to be a rainy weekend, but in the daytime the weather was fair.
On Friday night, the pre-Ordeal ceremony was held. This is where the Ordeal candidates get their instructions from the chiefs. They are then put on silence and sent away to begin their ordeal. The Brotherhood candidates just got to watch since we had already been through it.
Saturday morning, the Ordeals ate sparingly and then started their work day while the Brotherhood candidates went to eat breakfast. After breakfast, Mr. Schoenfeld, Colin and I were supposed to do three hours of work, but it ended up being only about an hour because we sat around waiting for someone to open the Commissioner’s cabin so we could start. After the work was done, we went to our ceremony and received Brotherhood.
That evening the “fun” began! After dinner it started to rain really hard and even hail. There was also a tornado watch. All Scouts in camp were moved to storm shelters. We stayed in the shelter for about an hour and it was really uncomfortable, being crowded and hot. Then the Administrator told us to go to the dining hall. After awhile he said we could either brave the storm and camp for the night or take our unit and leave. Our group decided to leave. Well, just as we got to our tents, it started pouring rain even harder! We rushed to pack up our gear and walked as fast as we could to the vehicles, but it was no use: our stuff got soaked.
So what began as a pretty good camp-out ended up being one to definitely remember–but not in the best way!