Wednesday Night Call-Outs
Each Wednesday night during summer camp at Raven Knob Scout Reservation in Surry County, NC, Wahissa Lodge 118 presents an Ordeal candidate call-out ceremony and Native American dance pageant. These ceremonies define the Wednesday family night campfires attended by up to two thousand people in the Vaughn-Woltz Order of the Arrow Arena. Event Dates are below:
June 21- OA Campfire and Call-Out #1
June 28- OA Campfire and Call-Out #2
July 5- OA Campfire and Call-Out #3
July 12- OA Campfire and Call-Out #4
July 19- OA Campfire and Call-Out #5, Vigil Honor Call-Out
July 26- OA Campfire and Call-Out #6
August 2- OA Campfire and Call-Out #7
The Chief and Vice Chiefs of Wahissa Lodge seek attention as they arrive to the campfire arena. The ceremony is opened by a brief Native American dance pageant, led by the steady beat and song of a Southern pow-wow drum circle. At the close of our last dance, the chiefs assemble at the call-out rock located under the archway. Youth and adult Boy Scouts who have been elected by their peers in the local units, are called “to proceed through the row of torches” and are presented in front of the peace pipe totem of Wahissa Lodge by the Chief.
Wednesday nights at Raven Knob are legendary for their power and mystique. All Arrowmen in Wahissa Lodge and many others throughout the nation share the common bond of first entering and experiencing the OA on these nights.
Photos courtesy of Mark Welker