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The Camp in Formation (CIF) Program is a resource offered by the Electoral College in support of individual initiates who are working toward applying for a Chartered Camp of Ordo Templi Orientis.

Currently Recognized Camp in Formation Organizers

City: Organized by: Contact:
Atlantic City, NJ Brian K. Giles Sjthelema@gmail.com
Columbus, OH Soror Oh WoW columbusthelema@gmail.com
Michiana Frater Cerno michianathelema@gmail.com
Richmond, VA Soror Capella thelemarva@gmail.com
Tucson, AZ J.R. Caine lotusofsilence@gmail.com
Washington, D.C. Frater Raziel dokuja357@gmail.com

Guidelines for Camp in Formation Organizers

The Electoral College may recognize a qualified Initiate as a Camp in Formation Organizer. The CIF Organizer operates as a field organizer and contact point within the valley of the proposed camp.

Through the resources of the CIF Program, the Electoral College will provide CIF Organizers with support and information to assist with the many challenges of growing a new camp. It's the job of a CIF Organizer to convince the EC that a new camp would benefit the Order and the initiates in their area, and that he or she is the right person to lead it.

In addition to supporting aspiring masters in their endeavors to grow new camps, the Camp in Formation program is designed to facilitate communication between aspiring camp masters and the Electoral College, to improve the long-term survival rate for new camps, and to encourage the emergence of new local bodies to serve remote areas.

The Electoral College recommends that aspiring camp masters participate in the CIF Program. Even so, participation in the CIF program is not a mandatory prerequisite for submitting an Application for Camp Charter.

Resources Available to CIF Organizers

Recognition as a Camp in Formation Organizer

To be recognized as a CIF Organizer, an individual meeting the qualifications listed below must contact the CIF Secretary at CIF@oto-usa.org. Recognition of an Initiate as a CIF Organizer is not guaranteed, and is handled by the Electoral College on a case-by-case basis.


A CIF Organizer is expected to:

Guidelines for Operation

CIF Organizers are responsible for adhering to the following guidelines. These are designed as general guidelines, which we understand may not address every situation that might arise in a particular valley. Should specific questions arise, a CIF Organizer should contact their mentor, or the EC Mentor Secretary.

If you need a mentor, are of the degree of KRE or higher and would like to be a mentor, or have questions about this program, please e-mail the Mentorship Secretary.