One great way to introduce the pledge class to the fraternity is by having them plan a party for the chapter. This will teach them a lot of things about the chapter. Namely, it will show them the importance of working together to accomplish a goal. It will also show them how the chapter will support their efforts.
A lot of fraternities like to have a hell week towards the end of the new member period. This is a dangerous game to play because of hazing implications.
My article on hell week got this reaction from a brother from the University of Alabama.
For the record, I am 100% against any fraternity having a hell week that involves hazing. However, there often are benefits that happen during hell week, often in spite of the hazing.
As stated in previous articles, Hell Week is a juvenile idea. However, if you find that you are going to have to make it through a Hell Week – here is what to expect:
Pledge movies are great. They provide the pledges an opportunity to bond, and they are a lot of fun for the rest of the chapter. This task should be included in every pledge program.
A campout is a perfect pledge event. By eliminating all outside influences the fraternity can accomplish the main goal of a retreat – building brotherhood.
Impressing girls, scoring T-shirts, creating memories and promoting brotherhood are important ingredients to a successful pledge night. Here is how you do it…
One of the simplest, but best ideas for a pledge night is a simple photo scavenger hunt. Planned properly, this could be the ideal event to introduce the pledge class to each other as well as the brotherhood.
Every fraternity pledge class should have certain tasks they need to accomplish before they are initiated. One of those tasks should be interviewing every brother in the fraternity. This will accomplish several things which are essential to building brotherhood.
I don’t remember what movie it was from, but it had the pledges of a fraternity complete a giant list of tasks on a giant white board. The tasks on this board were over-the-top in true movie fashion, but the basic idea is a good one because it focuses your fraternity leadership.