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HSRAA Museum - Ordeal and Service Weekends
Directory Special Programs and Events Octoraro Lodge #22
Ordeal and Service Weekends

To gain membership into the Order, candidates must complete an ordeal at camp during one of three weekends throughout the year, also known as service or ordeal weekends.  Other members, who set the example for the ordeal candidates, also come to participate and help ready the camps (Horseshoe and Ware) for summer or winter lodging. 

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1996 September Fellowship Weekend

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2008 April Weekend Videos

       
Lodge Chief Sean Bealer gets nailed in the face with a pie during the 2008 April Service Weekend.

2008 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Lodge Adviser Scott Salvatore takes a pie to the face during the 2008 April Service Weekend.

2008 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
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2009 April Weekend

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2009 September Weekend

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2010 June Weekend

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2010 September Weekend

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2011 April Weekend

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2011 June Weekend

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2011 September Weekend

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2013 April Weekend

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2013 September Weekend

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2014 April Weekend

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2014 September Weekend

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2014 September Weekend Videos

       
Lodge Chief Richard "Booker" Gardner gets his head shaven as part of a fundraiser for the 2015 NOAC.

2014 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
Lodge Adviser Andrew Coe gets a pie in the face to help raise funds for NOAC 2015.  

2014 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
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2015 April Weekend

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2015 April Weekend Videos

       
Here, ordeal candidates at the 2015 April Service Weekend work hard to help HSRAA with their picnic grove rehabilitation project.

2015 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Director of Camping and Octoraro Lodge 22 Staff Adviser Ray Hayden is presented the very rare Hornaday Award at the April 2015 Service Weekend at Camp Horseshoe.  Scout Executive Charlie Rogers and Dr. Gary Stolz presented the award in front over nearly 300 Scouts and Scouters.

2015 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
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2015 June Weekend

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2015 September Weekend

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2015 September Weekend Videos

       
Lodge Chief-elect AJ M. gets a pie to the face as part of a fundraising auction held at the 2015 Octoraro 22 September Fellowship weekend.
2015 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
Lodge Chief Matt Candy gets his head shaven as part of a fundraising auction at the 2015 Octoraro 22 September Fellowship Weekend.

2015 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
Lodge Chief-elect AJ M. gets a second pie to the face.
2015 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
2015 Northeast Region Chief Matt Bell gets a pie to the face as part of a fundraising auction at the Octoraro 22 September Fellowship Weekend.

2015 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
Lodge Adviser Andrew Coe gets a pie to the face as part of a fundraising auction at the 2015 Octoraro 22 September Fellowship weekend.

2015 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
2015 Lodge Chief Matt Candy leads the past chiefs in the passing of the chief's bonnet, which ultimately lands on lodge chief-elect AJ M.  

2015 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
Incoming Octoraro 22 Lodge Adviser Gus Sauerzopf gets a pie to the face as part of a fundraising auction for the lodge.

2015 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
OA members enjoy a cooldown activity of throwing water balloons at each other during the 2015 September Fellowship weekend.

2015 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
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2016 April Weekend

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2016 April Weekend Videos

       
The Octoraro 22 waiters have some fun during a break in duties at the April 2016 Service Weekend.

2016 - Contributed by Anonymous  [Contribute Info] 
Octoraro 22 Lodge Chief AJ Moreno commemorates the reopening of the OA Bridge at the 2016 April Service weekend.
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
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2016 June Weekend

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2016 September Weekend

The 2016 Fall Fellowship weekend took place from September 23-25, 2016 at Camp Horseshoe and Camp Ware. Major projects included lining the loop road with stone (to improve drainage), wood cutting (particularly in Picnic Grove), and the Day of Service, which saw approx. 50 Octoraro 22 brothers donate blood to the American Red Cross at Camp Ware.
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2016 September Weekend Videos

       
Skilled carpenters work on the Kindness Center flooring during the 2016 Fall Fellowship weekend at Camp Horseshoe.
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
These Ordeal Candidates are stacking wood at the 2016 Octoraro 22 Fall Fellowship weekend.
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Ordeal candidates shovel dirt for landscaping as part of their tasks during the 2016 Fall Fellowship weekend at Camp Horseshoe.
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
One of the major projects at the 2016 Octoraro 22 Fellowship Weekend was chipping up all the downed timber.
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Ordeal candidates help out Camp Horseshoe by doing landscape work at the 2016 Fall Fellowship weekend. 
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Ordeal Candidate Christine Luczka helps clear a trail during the 2016 September Fellowship weekend.
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
The newly installed Gaga Ball Pit gets a workout at the 2016 Fall Fellowship weekend at Camp Horseshoe.
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
The OA fellowship weekends are a great time to just enjoy the afternoon with old and new friends, including having a football toss.
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
OA Members take a break from work to toss a football around at the 2016 Fall Fellowship weekend at Camp Horseshoe. 
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
The Youth arrowmen have a fun time passing the football around at the 2016 Fall Fellowship weekend at Camp Horseshoe.
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
OA members have fun participating in a water balloon fight at the 2016 September Fellowship weekend.
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Like summer camp, the OA takes a few minutes to have an evening flag ceremony.  Here, members and candidates are starting to line up for the ceremony to begin. 
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
OA Members and Candidates await evening retreat to start at the Camp Horseshoe parade field during the 2016 Fall Fellowship weekend. 
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Joey Bottums from Blue Heron Lodge 349 serves at the auctioneer at the 2016 Fall Fellowship weekend at Camp Horseshoe.
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Section NE-6B Chief Nick Dougherty gets his head shaved by Octoraro Lodge Adviser Gus Sauerzopf to raise money for the lodge.
2016 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
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2017 April Service Weekend

The 2017 April Service weekend took place from April 28th to April 230th, 2017 at Camp Horseshoe and Camp Ware. Major projects included Pre-Camp Inspection, fixing the steps at Achgeketum circle, campsite repair, masonry work at the Camp Horseshoe pool, and trail crew work.  
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2017 June Service Weekend

The 2017 June Service weekend took place from June 2nd to June 4th, 2017 at Camp Horseshoe and Camp Ware. Major projects included painting the pool, opening up the Camp Horseshoe adult showers toilets to the public by walling off the toilets from the rest of the shower house, building the Kit Carson pavilion, splitting wood, and campsite setup.
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2017 June Weekend Videos

       
Director of Camping Jake Segal moves some stone at the top of the parade field during the June 2017 OA Service weekend.
2017 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Lodge Adviser Gus Sauerzopf and Projects Adviser Stuart Watson work on splitting wood for Camp Horseshoe.
2017 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Ordeal candidates and OA members work on setting up the Schraam campsite at the June 2017 OA Service weekend.
2017 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Ordeal Candidates and OA members move mattresses out of the White House into a truck for their final destinations: the various campsites throughout Camp Horseshoe.
2017 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
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Miscellaneous Pictures

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Videos

       

A typical scene at Camp Horseshoe during an Ordeal Weekend- candidates assist OA brothers with creating a trench for a radio tower. 

2009 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

This montage of images from Ordeal Weekends in the 1980s shows the various projects candidates and brothers partake in during their service to the reservation. 

Contributed by Mark Morris  [Contribute Info] 

Jake Segal and other Octoraro 22 officers and youth practice for Saturday evening retreat.

2011 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

Ordeal candidates move mattresses from Timberline campsite to Lenni-Lenape.

2011 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

Ordeal Candidates take a break from setting up tents in Lenni-Lenape campsite to get a drink of water.

2011 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

An Ordeal Line helps the wood chipping crew create mulch for various locations in Camp.

2011 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 

The September Fellowship weekend often brings out odd sporting opportunities.

2009 - Contributed by Jake Segal  [Contribute Info] 

OA Brothers hang out after a long morning of work, playing kadingle in the campcraft area.  One unlucky brother got in the way of a golf ball apparently.

2009 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Here is a montage of photos from some service weekends in the 80s and 90s. 

Contributed by Richard D. Foot  [Contribute Info] 
Lodge Adviser Andrew Coe discussed his retirement from the position with former lodge adviser Scott Salvatore as well as Fred Stoudt and Brian White.
2015 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
Nick Massaro and the fire circle crew use some inventive methods of separating 2 buckets stuck together at Achgeketum Circle.

2012 - Contributed by Earl Dering Sr.  [Contribute Info] 
Ordeal candidates and Octoraro 22 members build water bars for the Achgeketum main walkway during the April 2017 service weekend.

2017 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
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Patches

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Miscellaneous Memorabilia

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Service Weekend Schedules

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Service Weekend Menus

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Miscellaneous Documents

Service Weekend Hymnal  

This hymnal was used during the 2001 Octoraro 22 Service Weekend.

2001 - Contributed by Andrew Coe  [Contribute Info] 
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