At long last our local chapter of the Order of the Arrow managed to host an Ordeal ceremony. I can’t get into the specifics of the ceremony itself. I can offer that the candidates for the Order must be selected from their troops for outstanding service to their troops. Once ‘Called out,’ they are eligible to go through the Ordeal. The challenge for our particular group was to stay out overnight and sleep alone under the stars. Normally the only problems associated with this are the occassional feelings of loneliness. We had to deal with temperatures that dipped into the upper 20os and a forecast of rain turning to snow. I could barely imagine anything worse for non-arctic, non-mountainous terrain.
Since I was the responsible organizer for this event, I figured I’d sleep out there in their vicinity. If I couldn’t handle the cold, or if it started snowing or raining, then I was going to bring them indoors. Despite a forecast of rain and snow overnight, we did not experience any precipitation, so we stayed out the whole night. I’ve actually never done that before, at least not without a tent!