Day 697 – Thankful for Dominic’s Ordeal

Dominic had about 20 minutes at home last night after returning from Camp Grandpa. After quickly unpacking he was back in the car as we headed out to drop him off for his Order of the Arrow Ordeal. This event is his opportunity to earn his place in the Order of the Arrow.

Last night he camped outside without a tent or shelter. He also wasn’t allowed to speak last night and was finally able to speak again after the ceremony this evening. His day was filled with manual labor around Camp Decorah and he was only allowed a couple of very tiny meals. There’s also a lot more to this including time for reflection and introspection. After completing his Ordeal he’s now a full member of the Order of the Arrow.

I’m so proud of him I don’t even know where to start. When we first got here his old Cub Scout leader came up to Becky and I to share what a hard worker he was today and how he wasn’t afraid to throw around some of the biggest logs all day long.

Being elected is a huge accomplishment in of itself, and passing the Ordeal is another. I still remember that night on the woods and day of service so we’ll, even though it was 25+ years ago. For him to get through it and in as good of a mood as he was in is awesome!

This is an event that he’ll likely remember for the rest of his life. I’m so thankful that he’s had this opportunity!

Dominic, I’m am so proud of you!!! Great job for not only completing the Ordeal, but for showing off your incredible work ethic. Hold onto these memories and lessons for all your life, they’ll help you through tough times. Love you so much Bud!!!


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