National Order of the Arrow Conference
an evening show at 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference
National Order of the Arrow Conference
The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow. It is Scouting's second-largest national program event. During NOAC, Arrowmen participate in a six-day conference, which includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs.
The most recent NOAC was held in 2015 when about 15,000 Arrowmen gathered from across our nation for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and lots of fun! That conference sold out. Watch this short video to see some activities and events from the 2015 NOAC.
The next National Order of the Arrow Conference will be during the summer of 2018 at Indiana University. All youth and adult members of Ktemaque Lodge are invited! Arrowmen travel to NOAC with a contingent from our lodge, or as a staff member supporting the thousands of Arrowmen attending the conference.
Why come to NOAC?
NOAC is like the National Scout Jamboree for the Order of the Arrow. Arrowmen from all over the country get together and have a great time on a beautiful college campus. Arrowmen sleep in dorms, eat in the cafeterias, and have a blast attending NOAC events throughout the campus. No matter if this is your first NOAC or you are a veteran conference attendee, there will be something new there to do along with many old favorites.
A key part of NOAC is sharing knowledge and learning new ideas. One of the best ways to learn at NOAC is through the formal training sessions that take place. This is a chance for Arrowmen to share new ideas and suggestions of some of the best trainers in the country. They present sessions on various topics that range from being an efficient officer to the meaning of the customs and traditions of the Order of the Arrow. Another way to get important ideas are through demonstrations, workshops and talking to other Arrowmen. Although more informal, this way of learning can be just as fun. Not to forget, attending NOAC is probably the best way to meet the National Officers. These young men make the Order of the Arrow the way it is. They liked to be questioned and told new ideas.
American Indian Activities are traditional events that take place at NOAC. They include many training sessions and workshops, as well as chances for lodges with individuals interested in American Indian dancing and singing a chance to perform for a panel of judges. During Founders Day, there is usually a Pow Wow in which the American Indian Events participants are encouraged to take part. There is a dazzling array of regalia and talent.
Ceremonies have also been a part of NOAC for many years. Lodges can enter teams in Ordeal, Brotherhood, and Vigil evaluations. Judges give recommendations on how the team can become better. The goal of this type of competition is for the participants to become better through the evaluation. The participants have put a lot of time and effort into practicing and it is incredible to watch them. Seeing other teams gives lodges ideas on what they would like their own teams to be like. Those interested in ceremonies can also attend training sessions on all aspects of our ceremonies.
Another set of exciting events are the sports games and competitions. These activities give those lodges who are willing to sweat and have some fun a chance to take home a trophy in basketball, volleyball, or a ton of others events. If you are the type of person who prefers a less physical approach, OA Jeopardy can challenge your mind. Also, patch trading can be very fulfilling. There is a sense of fascination watching some of the patch trading experts in action. All the lodges that attend have patches that are unique and very well designed. Not only is it fun to see all of the different designs from the various lodges, but patch trading is a great fellowship opportunity. Don't pass up an opportunity to take part in the fun.
Founders Day is a day at NOAC where the founders of the Order of the Arrow are honored. A Midway is set up and lodges do all kinds of displays and activities. One of the most popular activities during Founders Day is the silk-screening of T-shirts. Make sure you bring a plain T-shirt so you too can have the Founders Day logo silk-screened on. Lodges do many different things that generally reflect the part of the country they are from. They may cook food associated with their hometown or bring pictures and memorabilia to distribute. Anyway you look at it, Founders Day is another great way to meet new folks and have fun.
For the entertainment lover in all of us, the shows are definitely worth going to. This is an opportunity for all the Arrowmen to pack into a theater for a brilliant display of lights flashing, music playing, and Arrowmen having a blast. In case you missed it earlier, you can usually catch a glimpse of the best American Indian Activity participants at the American Indian Show. The Theme show is made spectacular with the use of brilliant laser light shows and fireworks. The shows are also where many of the important awards are handed out to those Arrowmen who have shown exceptional service. The closing show is where all of the great times of NOAC are wrapped up.
There are so many more activities at NOAC that you cannot possibly do them all. Besides those mentioned above, there is The Outdoor Adventure Place (TOAP), Special Events, VIPs, Regional Gatherings, Religious Services, Displays and Exhibits, and much more. There's also a Conference Newspaper, Radio Station, Band, Chorus, Trading Post, and still more!
But the overall best reason to attend NOAC 2018 is that it will probably be the most fun you will ever have in five straight days! For whatever reason you decide to attend NOAC, we guarantee that it will be one of the best memories you have of the Order of the Arrow.
Don't miss out on the opportunity to create memories that you will cherish for a lifetime. We look forward to having you in Ktemaque Lodge's NOAC 2018's contingent! The following NOAC will be held in 2020.
To ask questions or sign up, contact our Lodge Adviser.
one of many fun activities at the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference