In Papago Lodge, inductions, also known as ordeals, are typically held three different times each year. There is a Spring Induction held at Camp Lawton in the April/May timeframe, there is a Fall Induction held at Camp Lawton in the September time frame and a Winter Induction held at Double V Scout Reservation the first weekend in December. Candidates that go through their ordeal at the spring induction have their dues paid for the remainder of that year and the candidates that attend the fall or winter typically their dues are paid through the following year.

The spring and fall ordeals typically will last from Friday evening until Sunday morning around 10 AM. While the ordeal itself is done on Saturday evening after the feast, there are typically activities planned for Saturday evening and Sunday morning. The winter ordeal only goes from Friday evening to Saturday evening about 8 PM.

Ordeal Candidate Packing List

Wear Work clothes that you can get dirty. For Friday night and service time Saturday..

  • Current BSA medical form A&B (bring a copy with you to the Ordeal to be turned
    in at check-in and it will be returned to you at the end of the program)

In small pack:

  • Bed Roll consisting of:
    • Sleeping Bag
    • Sleeping pad
    • Ground Cloth or Tarp for ground sheet (Tents and hammocks are not permitted for the first night as Candidates will be sleeping on the ground under the stars as part of the induction process.)
  • Water Bottle (minimum 1 quart, disposable bottles are not permitted for environmental reasons and as part of BSA commitment to the Outdoor Code, and the principles of Low Impact Camping and Leave no Trace).
    • Please put your name on your water bottle, we find several each induction weekend.
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Rain Gear
  • Personal hygiene items
  • A change of clothes if you want them for Sunday (spring and fall ordeals)
  • Field Uniform for ceremonies (no merit badge sash)
  • Work gloves
  • Sturdy comfortable footwear (boots)
  • Pocket Knife (A fixed blade/belt knife is not recommended as candidates will not be performing bush craft tasks and it may impede some of our work projects)
  • Sun protection
  • First aid kit 
  • Extra clothing for a chilly night
  • Face Masks (for those who have not been vaccinated or wish to remain cautious for a little while longer)
  • A notebook or journal are suggested to assist the candidate in their reflections; 
  • For safety and ceremonial reasons, you are not permitted to bring any form of consumables such as food, candy, or soft drinks for this activity
  • A tent or hammock are permitted for the second night if so desired
  • Extra money—OA items will be on sale for purchasing

What kind of stuff should I NOT bring?

Video games