Tonkawa 99 Letter to All Members, Candidates, & Parents

August 31, 2021


To all Tonkawa Lodge members, candidates and parents:


The watchwords of the Order become all the more important in these challenging times. WWW- Brotherhood, Cheerfulness, Service. The Lodge has adapted over the past several months by hosting virtual interactions with its members. These virtual meetings will continue to some extent but now, it is time to return to in-person events to be held in a manner that reasonably protects Lodge members, including those most at risk. We believe that membership in the Order of the Arrow is best accomplished by in-person participation in the induction process.


The Capital Area Council has recently approved a plan to re-open our Camp properties. In connection with that plan, the Lodge has prepared a plan for its next in-person assembly to be held on October 2 and 3. The theme of this assembly is “The Iron-Person Ordeal”.  Registration is open now at Order of the Arrow Fall Assembly (


Because of everyone’s concern for safety, we have published our plan for conducting the assembly below. We hope the plan answers any questions you might have concerning the event. Candidates and parents should fully read the new candidate letter and attachments. It will be necessary for you to bring a few more forms with you to registration. Parents, be aware, that one of the forms requires you to commit to pick up your son or daughter if they become ill during the event.


While we will have traditional Elangomats for the candidates, it is the plan that all members will participate in Elangomat duties to the extent we will share the tests of the Ordeal with the candidates: Reflection on the purpose of the Order, spending the night alone, participating in a day of arduous toil, refraining from speaking, and eating scant food.


Added to these tests will be the additional responsibility for all members and candidates to make the event safe for one another. The watchwords for this process also begin with WWW:  Watch your distances, Wash your hands, Wear your mask.


Please review the plan posted below. Members should list their job activity on the registration form.


Candidates, please follow all instructions in the candidate letter.


Thank you.


– WWW –


Trevor Roberts

Lodge Chief


Richard South

Lodge Adviser



This document requests permission from the Council to operate an in-person Order of the Arrow Assembly Weekend on October 2-3, 2021, at LPSR.


Lodge Leadership has reviewed the Council Plan for Re-opening Overnight Camps and agrees to abide by all of the health and safety requirements of that plan.


This event will be referred to as the “Iron-Person Ordeal”. Following is the tentative schedule:


Oct 2
4-5 pm Members arrive to set up camp
515 pm Elangomat training
7pm- 8pm Candidates arrive and check in
9pm Pre-Ordeal Ceremony begins
Oct 3
7am Candidates return to parade field
7am-730am Breakfast
8am Work begins
Noon- 1230 Lunch- served in work areas
300pm Work ends and candidates go by train to assigned bathhouse to clean up
4pm Candidates assemble on parade ground in trains
430pm Ordeal and closing ceremonies begin
600 pm Jumpstart and candidates receive packets


615pm Candidates get their packets at the A Bldg and depart camp



The medical officer on site will be Jack Ward. Ward will recruit a staff of 3 additional persons (youth or adult) to assist in doing the required medical checks on arrival to camp and to staff the med lodge.


This event will be limited in numbers.


Members registering must indicate what their job at Assembly will be: ceremony, ceremony support, Elangomat, work crew leader, administrative support.


Note that any person 65 or older, or suffering from a “pre-existing medical condition” that makes the person more susceptible to a severe reaction to COVID-19, should not attend.


The assembly will be shortened to a one night event.


With the exception of the Med Lodge (Lindsay), all activities for the weekend will be conducted outdoors. Initial medical check in will be on the road next to the parking lot, further check in is on the A building porch, trains will wait on the parade field maintaining social distancing. Signs will be placed for trains and the LEC will appoint a team to help the candidates establish the proper distances.


All members will arrive on Saturday, October 2 between  4-5 pm.  Jack Ward and his staff will be present during that time to check in.  A temperature log will be maintained by Jack Ward.  Jack will also collect the AHMRs, the Pre-Camp Screening and COVID -19 Risk Acknowledgement form and the  Commitment to Transport form from the members. (No commitment to transport form will be required if the member brought their own vehicle.)


Candidates will arrive and check in in the parking lot between 7 and 8pm.


Cleaning of the common areas including the bath houses and Lindsay Lodge will occur Saturday afternoon in addition to preparation of the ceremony rings and food for the candidate’s morning and noon meals. The LEC will prepare a list of the members assigned to each task.


The Service Chairperson, working with P.J. Brown, will have the cleaning supplies and work materials staged for the other members when they arrive.


No member or candidate may leave camp without express permission of the Lodge Adviser (medical or family emergency)  after being checked in.


Staff cabins will be assigned prior to assembly. Plan on bringing your tent.  One person per cabin or sleep in a tent or under the stars. One person to a tent. NO EXCEPTIONS. Ward and his med crew will sleep in Lindsay. No other buildings will be utilized for activity or sleeping.


A temperature log will be maintained by Jack Ward. Jack will also collect the AHMRs, the Pre-Camp Screening and Covid-19 Risk Acknowledgement form and the  Commitment to Transport form from the candidates. (No commitment to transport form will be required if the candidate brought their own vehicle. )


No daily temperature log will be maintained since this is a 24-26 hour event. Any person exhibiting any signs of illness will be taken to the Med Lodge and treated in accordance with the Council Health Policy.


The only gear needed by candidates will be:


The clothes they wear: hat, work pants, work shirt, t shirt, socks and closed toed shoes or boots and a cloth face mask (MANDATORY). Uniform shirts are optional and not necessary. Class B uniforms are acceptable.  In a small backpack candidates should carry weather appropriate gear (fleece or jacket) if necessary, gloves, poncho, water bottle (MANDATORY), sleeping bag and pad, sunscreen, flashlight, pocketknife, wet wipes and a small bottle of hand sanitizer. If they need medications, those can be packed as well.



No meals will be provided by the Lodge on Saturday. Members may bring their own non-perishable food. No refrigeration will be available. Anything brought should be “ready to eat”. The Lodge will serve two meals only . Breakfast on Sunday and lunch on Sunday.


Subject to anything the members bring to eat, the candidates and members will eat the same thing on Sunday. Breakfast will be 2 hard boiled eggs, a nutrition bar and a piece of fruit. Lunch will consist of a sandwich, chips and a piece of fruit.


If a candidate or member has any special dietary requirements, they will be directed to bring their own food for the weekend.


Candidates will be divided into  trains of approximately 10 each. Each train will be assigned 2 Elangomats. Each train will stay together throughout the Ordeal maintaining social distancing as much as possible.


Upon arrival from medical check in, and check in at the A Building, the candidates will be placed in trains on the parade ground and around the dining hall if necessary. (If too sunny, shade can be sought out recognizing social distance requirements).


At about 9 pm the trains will be led around the dining hall and rearranged into a semi-circle (with social distancing) on the parade field for the pre-ordeal ceremony.



After the Pre-Ordeal Ceremony, the trains will be taken by their Elangomats to either the Archery field, Family Camp, Kitchens or the old BMX field. These assignments will be given out in advance.  Only 2 trains will be camped in any one area. Social distancing will be enforced by the Elangomats.


In the case of inclement weather during the night alone, the Elangomats will take their trains to an assigned pavilion(s). This will include, Nature area, Rifle Range, Climbing tower, Eagle Quest, Log cabin porch, A-Building porch. These assignments will be given out in advance.


On Sunday morning at 7am- the Elangomats will bring their trains back to the parade ground and again form up respecting social distance.


Breakfast will be passed out by the LEC. Work crews will then be taken by their Elangomats to the work areas. Work begins at 8am and stops for lunch at noon. Lunch will be delivered to the work crew areas by the LEC. Work resumes at 12:30pm.


Work stops at 3:00pm and Elangomats return their crews to the nearest bathhouse to clean up. They will then be taken to the parade ground.


At 4:30 pm the trains will be formed and led around the dining hall and back to the parade field in a socially distanced semi-circle for the Ordeal Ceremony and Closing Ceremony.


Jumpstart will be conducted on the parade field after the Closing Ceremony is completed.


Once Jumpstart is complete candidates will be dismissed to the A Building porch to retrieve their packet. New members will proceed, adhering to social spacing, to the parking lot to wait for their ride to arrive. New members should be dismissed by 6:15pm.