May Ordeal offers a successful, soggy start to 2013 Ordeal season.

by Chris Brightwell on May 20, 2013

As we all arrived to Camp Comer on Friday, amidst a steady stream of rain and a forecast promising for more of the same over the next two days, we were all expecting the weekend to be a long, wet, exhausting one.

We got a little bit lucky, though, as the rain stopped sometime Friday night and was held off for most of the day on Saturday. It resumed after midnight on Saturday, but by that time everyone was fed and on their way to sleep in their warm sleeping bags.

With 100 members on-site, 74 Ordeal candidates new members, and 11 members attaining Brotherhood, this weekend proved to be a tremendous success. The Vice-Chiefs of service, administration, fellowship, inductions, and Native American affairs all worked together with the Lodge Chief to put together a completely new Ordeal format, starting with a welcoming reception and fellowship on Friday, a new format for New Member Orientation, a renewed focus on the Service Corps, and a new overarching vision for the Ordeal, its participants, and their long-term impact on the lodge.

Our new Brothers completed more than 500 service hours over nearly a dozen different service projects during the day on Saturday, which left Camp Comer well-prepared for Summer Camp in a few weeks and will allow the staff to focus more on team building and program development during Staff Week.

We also played host to the SR-9 Section Officers’ Retreat, where the leadership for SR-9 worked day and night on planning the 2014 SR-9 Section Conclave, set for April 24-27, 2014, at Moundville Archaeological Park in Moundville, Alabama.

Our next Lodge event is another Ordeal weekend (Sept 6-8 at Camp Sequoyah), then Fall Fellowship is just a few weeks later. In the meantime, Coosa Lodge members will serve on camp staff at Camp Comer and Camp Sequoyah, participate in the 2013 National Scout Jamboree, and continue to serve Scouting in countless ways.

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