Participants arrived today, making over 5,700 Arrowmen and 1,100 staff members present at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville for the 26th biannual event.
The first national conference was held in 1948 at Indiana University. The founders of the Order envisioned a gathering of Arrowmen from across the country in which they could participate in training classes, share knowledge and experience brotherhood unlike they could at any other event. They hoped that attendees would leave the conference with a deeper understanding of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, the Obligation and what it means to "live" these words in one's daily life.
At this NOAC, the conference program includes innovative training sessions, leadership development, fellowship periods, ceremony evaluations, American Indian pageants, camping promotion and opportunities to hear and talk with national leaders of the Order and the Boy Scouts of America.
It is important that to take part in the opportunities made available to participants. Participants are encourage to attend every show, training seminar, and special activity possible, while spending time with Arrowmen from across the country. One of the most important aspects of the conference is the bond that is made with brothers in our Order.