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Bay Area CouncilOA WINTER ORDEAL 2023

OA Wihinipa Hinsa Winter Ordeal 2023

The Wihinipa Hinsa Lodge #113 holds a Winter Ordeal at Camp Karankawa every January. The induction ceremony into the Order of the Arrow, called the Ordeal, is the first step toward full membership.  During the experience, candidates maintain complete silence, receive small amounts of food, work on camp improvement projects, and are required to sleep alone the first night, apart from other campers, which teaches significant values. 

The Ordeal will challenge you, help you discover more about yourself, and strengthen you as a Scout.  A Call-Out ceremony will be performed prior to Ordeal for those Scouts that require one. You are only candidates at this point.  You must complete the Ordeal weekend to become official members of the Order of the Arrow. 

DATE: January 13-15, 2023

PLACE: Camp Karankawa, 3249 FM 1459 Rd, Sweeny, TX 77480

TIME: Check-in Friday from 6-8 p.m., Check-out Sunday from 10:30 a.m.-11 a.m. (depending on when cleanup is done).

CONTACT: Anthony Lusk at

COST: The registration fee for Ordeal Candidates includes: OA sash, OA Lodge flap, OA Handbook, all food for the weekend, and OA annual dues for 2023. 
$60.00 Registered Ordeal Candidates 
$40.00 Registered Brotherhood Candidates 
$25.00 Registered Brotherhood Candidates with Annual Pass 
$20.00 Registered Youth/Adult Staff 
Complimentary, OA Youth/Adult Staff with Annual Pass (Choose OA Annual Package OPTION when registering)

REGISTER BY: January 3, 2023


__ Official BSA Health Form (Part A and B)
__Field Uniform (Full Class A - Shirt, Shorts or pants, Socks)
__Sleeping bag
__Ground cloth or tarp (waterproof)
__Canteen or water bottle
__Insect repellent (optional)
__Work clothes
__Work gloves
__Work boots
__Pack or bag
__Hat or cap
__Sunscreen lotion
__Rain gear (if needed)
__Jacket or sweatshirt (if needed)
__Zip-lock bags (to keep socks and underwear dry)
__Towel and washcloth
__Tent For Saturday night

Please arrive in camp with your work clothes on.


Thank you and we look forward to your induction into Scouting's National Honor Society - The Order of the Arrow.

 Coming Soon!