Ordeal Information

Our Purpose

  • Recognize those who best exemplify the Scout Oath and Law in their daily lives and through that recognition cause others to conduct themselves in a way that warrants similar recognition.
  • Promote camping, responsible outdoor adventure, and environmental stewardship as essential components of every Scout’s experience, in the unit, year-round, and in summer camp.
  • Develop leaders with the willingness, character, spirit and ability to advance the activities of their units, our Brotherhood, Scouting, and ultimately our nation.
  • Crystallize the Scout habit of helpfulness into a life purpose of leadership in cheerful service to others.

Night Alone

Candidates spend a night alone with their inner thoughts as proof of courage and self-reliance. It also gives them the chance to think over clearly the events taking place.


Candidates pledge to spend the Ordeal in complete silence. This gives them the opportunity to pay strict attention to unspoken thoughts, thinking about past difficulties and committing to future service.


Candidates spent the daylight hours of the Ordeal in meaningful labor. This proves their willingness to serve others cheerfully.


Candidates eat sparingly, thus proving the ability to subordinate the appetites of the body to the higher purposes of the spirit.


Candidates will partake in the Pre Ordeal Ceremony on Friday night and the Ordeal Ceremony on Saturday night. All of our ceremonies are done respectfully and have been approved. To learn more, click here or email info@nampa-tsi.org


Arrive at the Camp Hohn Welcome Center between 6:00 pm and 9:00 pm. If you will be later than that, please email info@nampa-tsi.org.

What to Bring

  • A copy of your annual health form (Parts A and B)
  • Water bottle x2
  • Flashlight
  • Work clothing including gloves
  • Sleeping bag and ground cloth/tarp
  • Rain gear
  • Full field uniform including coup thong necklace received at your Great Rivers Council Call-Out Ceremony
  • Normal camping gear except cooking and eating utensils
  • A tent (for Saturday night)
  • A backpack to stowe your gear in


Elangomats are trained members whose main priority is candidates safety. They are always with the candidates and guide them throughout the Ordeal experience.


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