The Grand Encampment of Ontario
August 6 1869
The Authority of the Grand Encampment of Ontario is derived from the Sovereign Grand Lodge Independent Order of Odd Fellows, (I.O.O.F.) to which it shall be accountable.
The Grand Encampment of Ontario is authorized and empowered to direct, supervise and have jurisdiction over all Encampments of Patriarchs/Matriarchs, Ladies Encampment Auxiliaries of Matriarchs/Patriarchs and the Grand Ladies Encampment Auxiliary in the Province of Ontario.
In Order to join an Encampment, one must first have received the degree of truth in an Odd Fellows Lodge.
There are 3 degrees in an Encampment.
First the Patriarchal Degree,
Second the Golden Rule Degree
and Last the Royal Purple Degree.
A member must have received the Royal Purple Degree,
before being able to attend Encampment meetings.
These degrees are based on the old testament and teach principals of Faith and Hospitality along with Tolerance, Hope and Charity.