|The Elangomat Committee is an improved method of conducting the Ordeal and hopefully retaining members’ interested in sealing their membership and remaining active. The program revolves around the new candidates, each with an experienced Arrowman called an “Elangomat” (friend) to guide and enrich them throughout their ordeal.|
ELANGOMAT CLAN SYSTEM
The program is designed to provide specific individual attention, safety, and an inspirational atmosphere for candidates during their Ordeal and to promote the ideas of the Order of the Arrow. This is accomplished throughout the Clan System.
Under this system, the new candidates are divided in to small groups, or clans, of usually 8 to 10 members. The Elangomat is with them for the entire time, from registration, to Breakfast on Sunday. in this way, individual attention is given as needed, an atmosphere of Brotherhood is given, the ideals of Brotherhood become visible through action, and many problems concerning safety are eliminated.
RESPONSIBILITIES OF THE ELANGOMAT
The purpose is so that the candidates can learn the true meaning of the Elangomat or “friend”. Elangomats must realize that everything that happens to the candidates is new and therefore ensures that the candidates are not afraid and helps them throughout their journey.
Also, the discussion sessions should give the new Ordeals factual information about the Order of the Arrow and the Ordeal and assist candidates in understanding preparing to apply their principals.
Discussions by Head Elangomat, or by individual Elangomat
For more information, Refer to Section VI of the Wagion Manual of Administration
During the ten-month development period, the Elangomat should keep in touch wih the new Ordeals letters, which are in Section VII of the manual.
Each Elangomat should attempt to contact his clan at least 2 – 3 weeks before the next lodge weekend and the personally invite them. Also, invite them to ask any questions that they may have thought of since the last weekend.
When the tenth month rolls around, the Elangomat should strongly encourage the new Ordeals to seals their membership with the Lodge. Any information that he has collected about the ordeals that may be useful should be respectfully turned over to the Brotherhood Chairman or Advisor. Elangomats may continue to contact all Ordeals up to 15 months if they haven’t sealed their membership only if deemed necessary by the Elangomat Chairman and/or Advisor.
This information was provided by Adam Kostik with thanks to the Original Wagion Manual.
New members are always appreciated!