Why come to NOAC??
There are several great reasons to come to the National Order of the
NOAC is the national gathering for
the Order of the Arrow. Arrowmen from
all over the country come together and have a great
time on a beautiful college campus.
Arrowmen stay in dorms, eat in the
cafeterias and have a blast attending the 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
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,
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 Activites are another of the traditional events that
take place at NOAC. They include
many training sessions and workshops,
as well as chances for lodges with individuals interested in
dancing and singing a chance to perform for a panel of judges. During
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
recomendations 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 and competitions.
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 original founders of Order of
the Arrow are
celebrated. A Midway is set up and lodges do all kinds of displays
One of the most popular activities during Founders Day is the
silkscreening of T-shirts.
Make sure you bring a plain T-shirt so you too can have the
Founders Day logo
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 oustanding special
effects, such as 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.
There are so many more activities at NOAC that you cannot possibly do
them all. Besides those mentioned above, there are such things as
The Outdoor Adventure Place (TOAP), Special Events, VIPs,
Regional Gatherings, Religous Services, Displays and Exhibits, and
much more. There's also a Conference Newspaper, Radio Station, Band,
Chorus, Trading Post, and still more!
Check out the
highlights of the last NOAC,
held at Ames, Iowa, in 1998.
But the overall best reason to attend NOAC is this will probably
be the most fun you have ever had 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!