The goal of the 2004 NOAC Ceremony Evaluations is to improve ceremonial
performances and to maximize the quality of the induction experience
for the candidate. Since the purpose of these evaluations is
purely educational, there is no need for teams to be highly experienced
to participate. Inexperienced teams should be able to improve
significantly from participating in the evaluations. More experienced
teams will benefit as well by observing some of the best teams in the
country and receiving suggestions from the highly qualified Evaluation
Staff. Evaluations will be done for Pre-Ordeal, Brotherhood, and Vigil
The following general guidelines apply to all ceremony
All ceremony team members must be from the same lodge.
Ceremonialists may perform with only one team per ceremony category.
An individual may, however, perform in more than one category (i.e.
a ceremonialist may perform on both a Pre-Ordeal and Brotherhood
team, but not on two Pre-Ordeal teams).
All participants MUST be under
21 years of age on August 3, 2004.
Lodges can enter as many ceremony
teams in each category as they wish, pending the availability
of Evaluators and venue sites.
In accordance with the policies of
the National Order of the Arrow Committee, the use of face and
body paint is prohibited at all Ceremony Team Evaluations. The use
of face or body skin coloring, or wigs in simulation of ethnic traits,
is also not permitted. Appropriate undergarments should be worn
All ceremonial parts should be fully memorized.
participants must wear appropriate American Indian costumes.
The American Indian Activities Staff will assist participants by
evaluating their costumes and providing feedback. Teams are reminded
not to show any disrespect, carelessness, or gross inappropriateness
in their American Indian costumes.
Extra people such as drummers,
candidates and elangomats may be used to enhance a team's performance.
Evaluators will provide markers to indicate the locations of
the fire and fire pots in the performance area. A burden will be
provided for the Brotherhood Ceremony. No other props or materials
will be provided. Ceremonial teams will have to provide any additional
props they need.
If you have any questions about Evaluations, contact John Rotruck, Adviser
for ICE Evaluations, at firstname.lastname@example.org .
All ceremony team members should pre-register
online at the
NOAC registration web site.
All ceremony teams must check-in on Saturday
when their lodge contingent registers at NOAC. When the contingent leader
or his representative checks-in, they will need to confirm each lodge
team's schedule, and the name and spelling of each principal. Any changes
or additions may be made at that time, but will slow down your lodge's
check-in process. Please make every effort to ensure that all team members
are registered properly online. An Inductions and Ceremonial Events (ICE)
Staff member will be available throughout the on-site registration process
to assist your lodge.
Ceremonial teams that do not check-in when their lodge contingent registers
will be unable to participate in the Evaluations. Only pre-registered
teams will be guaranteed a venue for an Evaluation.
Teams that have not pre-registered but would like to participate MUST
check-in during their lodge contingent registration on Saturday. Teams
may register on a first-come, first-served basis, and may be turned away
due to space, time, and staffing constraints.
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