Calling Out example
Shane Burkhardt (aa1259@FREENET.LORAIN.OBERLIN.EDU)
Sat, 3 Jul 1993 15:35:15 -0400
Here is an example of the script our lodge uses for their calling out
ceremony. They are held at summer camp at a wednesday night campfire
that is specifically for the calling out. Troops that are not going to
summercamp are responsible for getting their scouts to calling out
on one of the four wednesdays that they are offered. Here's the
script. You need only three speaking characters of Allowat Sakima,
Meteu, and Nutiket. You can also have torchbearers to aid in directing
those that are called out and smudge pots, a large fire, flashpots,
and torches that make the ceremony magical and special to the scouts
as well as their parents.
Notawacy #205 W.W.W.
Call Out Ceremony
(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)
Thought there'd be a sig after this HuH?
Terry Howerton Sakima Group, Inc. SCOUTER Magazine Kansas City