The Odd Fellows Encampment is a higher branch in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. Membership is open to all Third Degree members in good standing. The branch aims to further the work of Odd Fellowship and impart the principles of Faith, Hope, and Charity.


In the United States and Canada, membership in the Encampment is open for both men and women holding the third degree in the Odd Fellows Lodge.


Traditionally, however, the Ladies Auxiliary Encampment (L.E.A.) was formed for women who are members of a Rebekah Lodge in good standing.


The Degrees in the Encampment are:

  • Patriarchal Degree which aims to teach the lessons of transparent honesty, domestic purity, genuine hospitality and unfeigned righteousness.
  • Golden Rule Degree which aims to teach good will, tolerance, and true brotherhood. It also teaches that members should unite with the virtuous and good irrespective of country, religion, or politics in the discharge of duties which all agree are paramount to universal peace and cooperation.
  • Royal Purple Degree which aims to teach alertness and determination as basis for a possible success in the journey called life.