The question of just what is an Elangomat is an important one, for we can't be something we don't know or understand, and many would answer this question differently, because an Elangomat is many things. With that said, the most important thing we can say about an Elangomat is that they are person who is fully willing to give of themselves in order to bring others to a true realization of the purpose and spirit of the Order of the Arrow. They are willing to endure the hardships of the Ordeal again to help new members gain the deep and powerful experience which is possible from the Ordeal.
An Elangomat fulfills many functions in the induction process, but the chief responsibility is revealed by the title "Elangomat," which means FRIEND. A good Elangomat develops a personal relationship with each of the members of their clan. But this relationship is not one of words, it is much deeper, for they share in the hardships of the candidates, and their silence. The job of an Elangomat is not easy. They must function as a crew chief, friend, example to the candidates, counselor, mediator and policeman. The difficulty of the job is second only to the Ordeal chair, and not by very much.
The Elangomat must be a constant and continual example of the obligation. This is not always possible, but it is the goal and must be continually striven for. Being an Elangomat is a great sacrifice; but as with all true services, you gain as much or more than you give. This you will know if you take the challenge yourself. It is your choice. The Ordeal really is better the second time around.