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NOAC 2020 Update

<p>NOAC Delegates,</p> <p>It is with deep sadness we inform you that the 2020 National Order of the Arrow Conference has been cancelled out of concern for the safety of all attending Arrowmen, as well as the Michigan State University and East Lansing communities.</p> <p>Many factors were considered in making this difficult decision. We worked closely with both the local health department and Michigan State University, and determined that it was impossible under current and anticipated conditions to hold a safe and exciting NOAC. We also took into account the economic toll COVID-19 has taken on Arrowmen and their families, and came to realize that we may not be able to offer a NOAC experience consistent with our high standards for national conferences. Like you, we are disappointed that we will not be gathering in person this summer, but we are not discouraged and fully believe this is the right decision.</p> <p>Contingent members and staff will receive a full refund of all conference fees paid to-date to the national Order of the Arrow office, including the non-refundable deposit. Contingent&nbsp;refunds will be issued as credits to your local council. Specific instructions on how to handle these refunds will be available in the next several days. Contingent members should also check with their contingent leaders for information about refunds for funds collected by the lodge beyond the conference fee, including travel.</p> <p>The spirit of our brotherhood remains true whether we meet in-person or not. We see it every time we witness a virtual lodge meeting, visit an online section conclave, and hear about a virtual unit election. With that in mind, we also will be hosting a virtual event during the first week of August. Top of mind for this virtual event is how Arrowmen and the Order of the Arrow can quickly adapt to society’s new reality while maintaining our core values and purpose. More information about this virtual event will be released in the coming weeks.</p> <p>We sincerely thank the 2020 National Conference Committee, our lodges’ contingent leadership teams, and our conference host Michigan State University, for all of the incredible work done in preparation for the conference.</p> <p>NOACs are always an exciting opportunity for our organization, but our programs and mission extend far beyond the reach of a college campus every few years. When we started our terms, we spent some time thinking about how we wanted this year to be remembered. Here is what we said:</p> <blockquote>"This year will be remembered as more than just a moment. It’s not enough to say that NOAC will be the greatest thing we do this year. Will it be the most amazing conference we’ve ever held? Yes, but NOAC will not define 2020. This year, we are going to move our organization forward. We will personally hold ourselves accountable for ensuring every leader has the tools needed to support lodges, and our team will be there every step of the way. 2020 will be remembered for each day that we take the opportunity to advance our organization. That lasts 366 days, not just six."</blockquote> <p>We know there are some Arrowmen who still would like to attend a national Order of the Arrow event this summer. To meet this need, we are offering a new event called <em>Momentum</em> that will be held at the Summit Bechtel Reserve from August 3-8, 2020. This event will focus on the many programmatic opportunities that exist at the Summit. <em>Momentum</em> will have limited space and we are asking those who meet the CDC’s higher risk group to not attend. This event will be a contingent-only event, and the cost is $545 per participant. <a href="/momentum">More information about <em>Momentum</em> can be found here.</a></p> <p>Lodges will be able to transfer fees already paid for NOAC to <em>Momentum</em> for as few or as many individuals that are interested in attending, as long as all youth protection requirements are fulfilled. In the coming days, contingent leaders will receive information on how to request a refund of their NOAC fees, or transfer their NOAC fees to Momentum. Due to the fluid nature of the COVID-19 pandemic, we can not guarantee that the Momentum event will not also be cancelled. However, due to the decreased size of this event and the physical layout of the Summit Bechtel Reserve compared to Michigan State University, we are hopeful Momentum can take place. We will make a final decision if this event will occur no later than June 17, 2020.</p> <p>The Order of the Arrow and Scouting remain as strong as ever. You have the power to make a positive impact on the Order of the Arrow when you "Step up and Step forward," no matter where you are. While we hoped NOAC would be a part of that vision, we know each of you will still take the conference’s message to heart and channel your energy into making a lasting impact on your lodge. After you have reviewed the <a href="#faq">FAQ section</a> of this message, if you still have questions you may email them to <a href="mailto:concierge@oa-bsa.org">concierge@oa-bsa.org</a>.</p> <p>We all must preserve a cheerful spirit even in the midst of weighty responsibilities, because those who chose you need you, now more than ever.</p> <p>In Brotherhood,</p> <div class="table-responsive"> <table class="table"> <tbody> <tr> <td>Zach Schonfeld<br /> 2020 National Chief</td> <td>&nbsp;</td> <td>Noah Smith<br /> 2020 National Vice Chief</td> </tr> <tr> <td>Clint Takeshita<br /> Conference Chairman</td> <td>Michael Hoffman<br /> National Chairman</td> <td>Matt Dukeman<br /> National Director</td> </tr> </tbody> </table> </div> <hr /> <h3 id="faq">Frequently Asked Questions:</h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. I am a lodge contingent member; how will I receive my refund?</strong></p> <p>A. The Order of the Arrow department at the national service center will process the refund of fees and will issue credit invoices back to the local council. Lodge contingent members should work directly with their local lodge to receive their refund, based on fees paid to their local lodge.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. I am a lodge contingent leader; how do we transition all or a portion of our lodge contingent fees to a Momentum contingent?</strong></p> <p>A. Instructions will be emailed to contingent leaders the week of May 5<sup>th</sup>, 2020.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. I am a NOAC staff member; how will I receive my refund?</strong></p> <p>A. Refunds will be credited back to the credit card you registered with, beginning May 5<sup>th</sup>, 2020.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. I am a Remote Delegate; how will I receive my refund?</strong></p> <p>A. Refunds will be credited back to the credit card you registered with, beginning May 5th, 2020.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. Will NOAC be rescheduled for 2021?</strong></p> <p>A. No. Our focus in 2021 will be on supporting the 2021 National Jamboree</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. Where will the next NOAC be held?</strong></p> <p>A. We are working on finalizing the location of NOAC in 2022, and expect an announcement to be made in early 2021.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. If NOAC was cancelled due to health and safety concerns, why is an alternative event being offered?</strong></p> <p>A. The Order of the Arrow is committed to providing program opportunities for Arrowmen this summer. In addition, due to the decreased size of this event and the physical layout of the Summit Bechtel Reserve compared to Michigan State University, we are hopeful Momentum can take place. We are already working closely with the Summit and with West Virginia state health and government officials to ensure Momentum can meet the health and safety needs of all those who attend. We will make a final decision if this event will occur no later than June 17th, 2020.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. How many people can attend Momentum?</strong></p> <p>A. We currently are working with local and state officials to determine the reasonable capacity of Momentum. For now, we are gauging interest, if any, so we can plan for the safety of those attending.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. Who does the CDC consider higher risk?</strong></p> <p>A. The CDC’s risk assessment of individuals can be found at <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html" target="_blank">https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/need-extra-precautions/people-at-higher-risk.html</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. Could the Momentum event be cancelled due to COVID-19?</strong></p> <p>A. The COVID-19 pandemic continues to be an unprecedented, fluid situation. We are already working closely with the Summit and with West Virginia state health and government officials to ensure Momentum can meet the health and safety needs of all those who attend. If we cannot meet the required health and safety needs of the attendees the event may be modified or cancelled.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. If Momentum is cancelled, will I receive a full refund of my event fees?</strong></p> <p>A. Yes</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. I am a NOAC staff member; can I switch my registration to the Momentum event at the Summit?</strong></p> <p>A. Unfortunately no. Momentum is a contingent-only event. The staff will be minimal, and positions have already been filled. If you wish to attend Momentum, please reach out to your lodge and see if they will be hosting a contingent.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p><strong>Q. Will there be an opportunity to participate in Momentum if I am not able to travel to the Summit?</strong></p> <p>A. Yes. We will offer a virtual event at no cost during the same timeframe as Momentum. If Momentum is cancelled the virtual event will still take place. More details will be announced in the coming weeks.</p>

May 01, 2020   Announcements, NOAC 2020
NOAC 2020 Information Update

<p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Are you getting excited for NOAC 2020? See below for some important updates regarding what to expect!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><u><span><span>Activities</span></span></u></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>When we think of NOAC, we often think about all the fun that one has being alongside the thousands of other Arrowmen who have all gathered together. Well, you can certainly expect a bunch of great programs such as escape rooms, sports competitions, an auto show and much more!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><u><span><span>Trainings</span></span></u></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Delegates will engage with Arrowmen from across the country to learn how to improve their home lodges, succeed as a leader, and better support scouting. Four select Arrowmen from each lodge will also take part in the PILOT Academy to explore how individuals can affect change.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>If you are interested in becoming a trainer at NOAC, please email </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="mailto:noactraining@oa-bsa.org"><span><span><span><span><span><u><span><span>noactraining@oa-bsa.org</span></span></u></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>. Delegates may also be trainers while still participating in all the other great things NOAC has to offer!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><u><span><span>Special Events</span></span></u></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>A lot of special events will allow us to recognize those who have served the Order of the Arrow, such as the Distinguished Service Award Dinner and Distinguished Service Award Show, Very Important Arrowman (VIA) luncheons and many more. Also now, for the first time ever at NOAC, we will be hosting a special reception for the lodge leaders of this year’s high performing lodges to thank them for all their hard work!&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><u><span><span>Engagement</span></span></u></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Those of you who attended NOAC in 2018 might remember Seek and this year, the conference-wide game is back and more exciting than ever before! At the conference, you’ll be able to participate in Trek – a week-long game where you can meet other Arrowmen while earning points at the same time. Points can be redeemed for various prizes including a participation patch and fun activities throughout the conference.</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><strong><span><u><span><span>Sustainability</span></span></u></span></strong></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>In regard to sustainability at NOAC, we will have tons of cool activities! One can give back to MSU and the nearby cities through special conservation projects throughout NOAC. Don’t forget to also stop by the Arrowmen for Conservation, Education, and Sustainability (ACES) Village for live music to enjoy while learning about conservation and the Sustainability Trail to learn proper trail building techniques!&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>Starting April 1st, those who have already registered for NOAC will be able to start building their schedule by picking which activities, trainings, and more they would like to attend. Be sure you register for NOAC soon, because spots fill up fast!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>For those who are already registered, there will be an e-newsletter leading up to the conference called “The Tread” to update you about what’s to come in August. To stay up to date on the latest announcements regarding the conference, be sure to follow us @oabsa, @oanoac and NOAC2020.org!</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>NOAC 2020 will be the event that you remember for the rest of your life, so If you haven’t already, make sure to talk to your lodge chief or adviser to find out about how you can register for NOAC!&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span></span></p> <p><span><span><span><span><span><span>If you aren’t able to make it to NOAC, being a remote delegate is a great way to still experience the conference from the comfort of your own home. For more information on the remote delegate program, access </span></span></span></span></span></span><a href="/article/noac-2020-remote-delegate-program"><span><span><span><span><span><u><span><span>this link</span></span></u></span></span></span></span></span></a><span><span><span><span><span><span>. </span></span></span></span></span></span></p>

Mar 22, 2020   NOAC 2020, OA Today
POLESTAR: Induction Leadership Training

<p>Debuting at NOAC 2020, “Polestar” is a new nationwide Induction Leadership Training that will provide lodges with the latest updates and recommendations for how to conduct all aspects of the OA Induction, from Unit Elections through Brotherhood, with improved implementation and success. The training includes information on new guidelines for how to meet revised national standards, best practices, simplification of the Induction through use of the new national “Inductions Portal”, and support for solving unique problems that lodges may encounter. The results of participating in Polestar will include:</p> <ul> <li>Having trained lodge youth and adult members who are prepared to provide leadership and training for improved Inductions activities</li> <li>Knowledge of the latest recommendations and updated national standards</li> <li>Preview of upcoming changes to the “Guide to Inductions”</li> <li>Help with achieving High Performance Lodge criteria</li> <li>Increase in membership activation and retention.</li> </ul> <h3>WHAT TO EXPECT</h3> <p>“Polestar: Induction Leadership Training” is designed to help lodge leadership better serve new Arrowmen with a positive membership journey. Delegates will receive intensive and comprehensive training and certification by participating in two full morning sessions at NOAC on Wednesday and Thursday mornings. Following NOAC, the Polestar material will be made available to Sections and Lodges for continued and ongoing Induction training.</p> <h3>WHO CAN ATTEND?</h3> <p>Polestar at NOAC is invitation-only. Each Section is expected to send a delegation of 2 youth and 1 adult to become resources for the lodges in their section. In addition, lodges are encouraged to send their own delegation of 2 youth and 1 adult in order to receive this valuable training directly. Participants do not need to hold a specific office but should be motivated to act as future Induction leaders / trainers within their lodge. Additionally, Brotherhood membership is required.</p> <h3>HOW TO REGISTER</h3> <p>Your lodge may participate either by coordinating with your Section Adviser to include a member from your lodge in the Section delegation, or by submitting your own complete delegation of 2 youth and 1 adult. <strong>For a lodge delegation, please submit the requested information prior to May 10<sup>th</sup> via <a href="https://bit.ly/3128Su9">this&nbsp;form</a>.</strong></p> <p>Registration questions can be directed to <a href="mailto:asmith@daltonstate.edu">asmith@daltonstate.edu</a>.</p> <p>SEE YOU AT NOAC!</p> <p>We look forward to seeing delegates from your Lodge at this important opportunity. Step Up, and Step Forward with “Polestar Induction Leadership Training” at NOAC 2020!</p>

Mar 21, 2020   NOAC 2020
Feb 24, 2020   Announcements, NOAC 2020
Join the 2020 NOAC staff!

Fellow Arrowmen, are you looking for a different way to enjoy NOAC? Well you are in luck, as we are currently looking for Arrowmen just like you to join our staff for NOAC 2020!

Dec 10, 2019   Lodge Ledger, NOAC 2020
NOAC 2020: Callout #9 – Promotional Video

<p><span>NOAC 2020 is only eight months away! The conference committee has been working diligently to create a promotional video, which features some of the key aspects of NOAC, such as Training, Fellowship, Patch Trading, Cheerful Service, Shows, American Indian Activities, and Sports. The goal of the video is to assist contingent and lodge leadership with local promotional and recruitment efforts.&nbsp;</span></p> <p><span>It is suggested that the NOAC promotional video be shown at any upcoming lodge meetings and events. After playing the video for your lodge membership, your lodge NOAC leadership can share how lodge members can benefit from attending the conference and how they can register for NOAC 2020. </span></p> <p></p>

Nov 26, 2019   NOAC 2020, NOAC Callout
NOAC 2020: Callout #8– Chairman’s Collage Challenge

<p>Holiday Greetings Brothers,</p> <p>As we quickly approach the holiday season, the NOAC committee has created a collage as a gift for lodge and contingent leaders, which can be found below. With your new gift in hand, I challenge you to share this with those whom you created fond memories of the Order of the Arrow with. By gifting this collage to others, you extend an invitation to attend NOAC, gifting them the opportunity of a lifetime and spreading the holiday spirit of giving across the nation. </p> <p>However, I recognize that we have only displayed a small handful of the countless activities of NOAC, so I also challenge lodges to create their own collage presenting NOAC activities and gift it to their lodge members. </p> <p>I am eagerly waiting to see many of you in August,</p> <p>Mike Hoffman</p> <p>Chairman</p> <p>National Order of The Arrow Committee</p> <img alt="Collage of photos of scouts" data-align="center" data-entity-type="file" data-entity-uuid="66157ddc-5931-4bfb-8094-131303717328" src="/sites/default/files/inline-images/NOAC2020Collage.jpg" width="100%" />

Nov 26, 2019   NOAC 2020, NOAC Callout
NOAC 2020: Callout #7

<p>Attending NOAC as an in-person delegate is a highlight in any Arrowman's experience. For those who cannot get to NOAC 2020 in person, attending as a&nbsp;<strong>remote delegate</strong>&nbsp;is a great way to experience the NOAC spirit from afar! Remote delegates participate in a special set of activities, including:</p> <ul> <li>Selected videos of shows, ceremonies, trainings, and other events (live stream and pre-taped)</li> <li>Facebook community with other&nbsp;remote delegates</li> <li>A wide game tailored to&nbsp;remote delegate&nbsp;participation</li> <li>Social media challenges</li> </ul> <p>Remote delegates also receive a special patch and the same welcome packet that in-person delegates receive. In 2018, remote delegates had a wonderful experience. The sense of community they developed was extraordinary. If you or a member of your lodge cannot attend in person, please consider attendance as a remote delegate and keep the NOAC spirit alive in your heart!</p> <p><a href="https://registration.oa-bsa.org"><strong>Registration is now open on NOAERS</strong></a>&nbsp;and the cost is $80.00.</p>

Nov 04, 2019   NOAC 2020, NOAC Callout
20/20 CHALLENGE - Callout #6

  1. What does NOAC 2020 offer to first time attendees? Excellent training is offered every day on a wide variety of topics and interest areas by many outstanding trainers who are experts in their fields.

Oct 07, 2019   Announcements, NOAC 2020
20/20 Challenge - Callout #5 - Planes, Trains and Automobiles

Planes, Trains and Automobiles? Or is it Cars, Buses and Rental Vans?

Sep 25, 2019   NOAC 2020, NOAC Callout
20/20 Challenge - Callout #4

<p>Dear Lodge Key 3 &amp; NOAC Contingent Advisers,</p> <p>In mid-August, the national office will send out NOAC 2020 registration information to the Lodge Key 3 on record (make sure your information is up to date) and mail a hard copy to the Council Service Center.&nbsp; Starting on October 1, lodges will be able to sign up Arrowmen to attend.</p> <p>Now is the time to plan how you will launch your recruiting effort. While your lodge may not know the final cost for your contingent, most lodges use a nominal deposit to guarantee a NOAC slot—usually about $100, which is normally refundable.&nbsp; Lodges can gauge interest based on the number of deposits received and determine how many slots to reserve.&nbsp; There is no need to transmit funds to the national office after your receipt of the deposits, as the national office will bill the council office directly for all money due for each attendee slot reserved at a later date. As a reminder, there are no quotas or limitations for attendance, provided the lodge brings as many youth (up to age 21) as adults (21 and older).&nbsp; Most lodges bring many more youth than adults and have used the fundraising ideas communicated in&nbsp;<a href="https://bsa-oaalllistsconsolidation.createsend1.com/t/y-l-urhyjdl-tyzdypo-d/">Callout #2</a>&nbsp;to do just that!</p> <p>The contingent leader and lodge chief should prepare and do a presentation on NOAC 2020 at their next lodge event.&nbsp; Some of what they will want to share was included in NOAC 2020 - Callout #3. In addition to the details of dates, location and costs, it is recommended that the presentation include details of what to expect at NOAC.&nbsp; Comments from Arrowmen from your lodge who have attended NOAC before can be very helpful in this regard.&nbsp; Typical NOAC activities to highlight may include nightly shows, ceremonial competition, athletic events, excellent dining hall food, the OA museum attractions, patch trading, trading post, Very Important Arrowmen (VIA) luncheons, and Founders’ Day activities.&nbsp; At your next lodge function, each contingent leader and lodge chief should be sure to talk about the different aspects of NOAC that would appeal to your Arrowmen!</p> <p>As additional resources for what Arrowmen can expect at NOAC, please see&nbsp;<a href="https://bsa-oaalllistsconsolidation.createsend1.com/t/y-l-urhyjdl-tyzdypo-h/">oa-bsa.org/noac2020</a>&nbsp;and&nbsp;<a href="https://bsa-oaalllistsconsolidation.createsend1.com/t/y-l-urhyjdl-tyzdypo-k/">noac2018.org</a>. A new website,&nbsp;<a href="https://bsa-oaalllistsconsolidation.createsend1.com/t/y-l-urhyjdl-tyzdypo-u/">www.noac2020.org</a>, will be live by late August with the most up to date information available.&nbsp; Future callout emails like this one will feature a number of these topics beginning in February 2020 once the section chiefs meet in late December 2019 to finalize specifics on program elements.</p> <p>It is important to communicate to the members of your lodge in the next several days the details on how and when to register for NOAC through your lodge.&nbsp; It is never too early to provide your lodge membership everything they need to know now about NOAC 2020.</p>

Aug 05, 2019   NOAC 2020, NOAC Callout
20/20 Challenge - Callout #2 - Fundraising Ideas

<p><span><span><span><span><span>Are you excited about going to NOAC 2020, but unsure how your lodge can raise enough money? Hopefully your lodge leadership is already thinking about fundraising and may have even started already. The more money you raise, the more Arrowmen can attend this outstanding event August 3-8, 2020 at Michigan State University!!<br /> <br /> Here are some ideas that have been collected from lodges all across the country. Some are simple, and some are more complex. They all require some work and time to make them successful. You can choose one or several, but the key is to get started now! &nbsp;Please be sure to follow the BSA rules for unit fundraising and be sure to run your ideas through your local council or lodge staff adviser for approval before you begin.&nbsp;</span></span></span></span></span><br /> &nbsp;</p> <ol> <li><span><span><span><span><strong><span><span>Car Wash</span></span></strong><span><span>: picking a high traffic area where most cars are travelling at city pace. Most people do not want to give up more than 15 minutes to get their car wash, so staff it appropriately.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Spaghetti Dinner</span></strong><span>: a time-tested favorite! For the general public, using a church or sponsoring institution hall works well. For a "Friends of (name) Lodge" event, consider an evening at your summer camp dining hall.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Golf Tournament</span></strong><span>: a complex fundraiser. Suggestion is that you find a local charity tournament and see if they need help staffing the event. Also, if you have someone who has managed a golf tournament before (or can find one!), you may be able to handle it on your own. Big earning potential, but approach with caution! Get experience help.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Haunted Hayrides/Haunted House</span></strong><span>: Location, Location, Location! Most of these do well by word-of-mouth, so in your first year, being on the "beaten path" is a plus. Advertise with a large sign in front of the location, or in a local news outlet. Staff heavy, as this takes more work than it appears. Set dates and keep them!</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Parking Attendants</span></strong><span>: Seek out local fairs, craft shows, renaissance fairs and ask if they need help parking cars. With some adult adviser support, perhaps you can manage the lot for them. Over-staff the event to assure rest breaks.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Sporting Events</span></strong><span>: If you are fortunate enough to have a sports team in your area, there are several opportunities. Parking attendant, manning a concession stand or cleaning up the arena after the game are a few. Be clear on how many times and when you are expected to be there. No second chances on a miscommunication!</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Selling Christmas Trees</span></strong><span>: a high earner but complex. Can be pre-order, spot selling or both. Get a mix of 6 ft and 8 ft trees. Best if you partner with a local fire department. Set up a tree lot next to the fire company (or any 24/7 manned organization) consisting of rebar hammered into the ground and a fence if you can erect temporary posts and chain-link. The three weeks approaching the holidays works best with the Arrowmen manning the event in the evenings and during the weekends, and the fire company manning it during the school days. Contact tree makers via internet or local growers. Sell out! Manage your inventory to run out before Dec. 25th!</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Holiday wreaths</span></strong><span>: Simpler and works well with a pre-order approach. Lots of knocking on doors! &nbsp;Vermont Center Wreaths (<a href="www.vermontcenterwreaths.com">www.vermontcenterwreaths.com</a>) advertise in SCOUTING Magazine, along with several other companies, on wreath sales. Also try Mickman Brothers.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Mulch sales</span></strong><span>: need access to a stake bed or other such vehicle. Visit upscale neighborhoods and take orders for bags of mulch. Work out a deal with a local garden shop to buy the mulch. If you have proper manpower and know in advance, you can spread the mulch for a donation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Pancake Breakfast</span></strong><span>: can be done at your sponsoring institutions hall or you can partner locally. Applebee's allows Scouting groups to host events where the Scouts sell tickets to the breakfast</span></span></span></span></span></span>&nbsp;<span><span><span><span><span>and serve the customers. Applebee's charges a small fee (about $1), and you sell the tickets at a price you think will work. Everyone likes pancakes!</span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Memorabilia auction</span></strong><span>: key is to collect the stuff early! Hit the big collectors and get donations. Pull the older, rarer pieces from the lodge patch box and sprinkle them in. Having a real Auctioneer call the bidding helps as well. These work well at banquets, conclaves, Trade-o-Ree's and other meetings where large numbers of people are interested in the material. Pure profit!</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Chocolate Bars</span></strong><span>: "World’s Finest" is a company that works with Scouting and the bars sell for $1. Easy to sell if Scouts have parents who work in offices! Check out Boys Life as there are usually ads in there also.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Yard work/snow removal</span></strong><span>: Select an area of your community and offer yard cleanup. After a snowstorm, visit the homes and offer to shovel driveways and walks for a donation.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Concession at larger Scouting events</span></strong><span>: stock and man a concession stand at events such as Pinewood Derbies, University of Scouting or Trade-o-Ree's.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Walk-a-Thon</span></strong><span>: Gather "pledges" for a period of time, and then all participating Arrowmen gather on a specific date and walk through a neighborhood or around a track. Large sports arenas are excellent for this also.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>"$$ off card"</span></strong><span>: work with local merchants and sporting goods stores to arrange % or dollars off. Create a card detailing the sales and sell the cards in the area. Some stores allow you to stand in front of the store to make the sales.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Krispy Kreme Donuts</span></strong><span>: works well with taking pre-orders. This can be repeated a number of times. If you don't have a Krispy Kreme, check with your local donut shop and see if you can work a deal.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Patch sales</span></strong><span>: Design and sell patches locally or nationally to raise funds.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Donations from adult Lodge members</span></strong><span>: Works well with adults who have attended a NOAC and know how much it can mean to a youth. Asking for a set donation, say $20, on a Vigil weekend or breakfast can work well. Often, a personal letter sent to members who rarely participate in lodge events asking for their financial help can pay off!</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Day of Community Service</span></strong><span>: Contact local agencies explaining that lodge members would be willing to do a day of service (cleaning, planting, etc). Once you have selected the event, collect sponsorships from local citizens or businesses in the form of committed money. Ask your local TV station or newspaper to visit the event.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Sports Tournament</span></strong><span>: Organize a tournament such as 3-on-3 basketball and charge teams to compete. Award the winner with a trophy. This also works for tennis, volleyball, badminton and mini-golf).</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Sub Sandwich Sale</span></strong><span>: Work with a local sub shop where you receive a portion of the sale of each sub. Then ask other parents or scouters who work in large offices or factories to advertise the sale on a certain day at lunch. Place the orders with the sub shop and deliver the sandwiches. This could be done several times at the same office or at a different location. Another way to distribute is to take orders from members of the churches your Arrowmen attend and distribute them in the church parking lot immediately after services (and just in time for football!)</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Karaoke Party</span></strong><span>: Find a donated venue (school gym, Sports arena, large hall, etc.), and pass out flyers advertising a Karaoke party. Borrow a machine and the screens and projectors and ask for donations at the door. Your food service committee can make sandwiches to sell for donations as well.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Cake Walk</span></strong><span>: ask parents and Scouters to make baked goods and sell them for donations at a large event such as a dance or ballgame.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Pump it up</span></strong><span>: coordinate with a local gas station and have Arrowmen serve as gas station attendants for donations.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Popcorn Sales</span></strong><span>: This must be closely coordinated with your Council. Use the Trails End Popcorn Sale and have Arrowmen sell popcorn with their share going to the lodge to support NOAC 2020. PLEASE: check with your council BEFORE conducting this fundraiser to assure no other conflicts.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Yard Sale/Flea Market</span></strong><span>: Ask the Arrowmen to collect things of no further use from their families, charter organizations or other institutions in their area. Store these until you have a substantial amount, and then blitz advertise (being sure to mention the sale revenue is being used to send scouts to a BSA event) the sale. Conduct it at a highly travelled location and be sure to sell out! Your Chairman of the Finance Committee can play a key role as a negotiator.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Council Executive Board</span></strong><span>: Make a sharp, crisp and upbeat presentation on NOAC 2020 to your CEB. Ask that they set up a scholarship fund to send Arrowmen to MSU. Be sure to invite the members that are Arrowmen to attend with your lodge!</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Bike Rally</span></strong><span>: Coordinate with a local bunch of motorcycle or antique car enthusiasts and arrange a rally where the Arrowmen can collect pledges at a dime or quarter a mile, then on a given day, have the group travel a certain route, and the pledges can then be collected.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Christmas Tree disposal</span></strong><span>: Most townships require Christmas Trees to be recycled. If you are in an area where the city does not pick up the tree, you can advertise and coordinate picking up trees and recycling them for a donation. Select 2-3 pick-up days after Christmas, line up customers and Arrowmen with pick-up trucks, and make some money!</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Nuts for Scouting</span></strong><span>: Sell cans of nuts door-to-door or at a parent’s workplace. Virginia Diner (www.nutsforscouting.com) offers a 50% profit on sales.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>First Aid kits</span></strong><span>: Who knows more about First Aid than the Scouts? A company that caters to first aid kit sales is Responsible Fundraising. You can make about 30% profit on a sale, and more info can be found at www.responsiblefundraising.org.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Conclave dunk tank</span></strong><span>: Set a goal (one NOAC fee, for instance) and have Conclave attendees donate towards the fee to toss balls. A "pie in the face" contest can be done similarly where people contribute to the fee, and then a name is chosen to toss the pie.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Happy Holiday lights</span></strong><span>: Canvas more affluent neighborhoods and offer to put up Christmas lights for a donation. Size up the job, select a date, and return with Arrowmen and ladders. Safety first!</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Pine needle removal</span></strong><span>: In some parts of the country, cleaning roofs and gutters on homes is an annual task. Visiting homes and offering to clean roofs and gutters for donations can save a homeowner a lot of work! Bring ladders, hoses and brooms.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> <li><span><span><span><span><span><strong><span>Sustainability</span></strong><span>: Collect specific wastes and turn them into cash. Terracycle (www.terracycle.com) has a program where you collect a specific type of waste (chip bags, water bottles, etc.) and send it to them (they pay postage) for cash. When you sign up, you select the "non-profit" of your choice to receive the rewards, and the Lodge collects the money! This may also work towards Sustainability Merit Badge.</span></span></span></span></span></span></li> </ol>

May 17, 2019   NOAC 2020, NOAC Callout