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Our History

NOAC 1958

1958 National Order of the Arrow Conference

The Order of the Arrow met in Lawrence, Kansas at Kansas University for the 43rd Anniversary Conference. While also called a National Order of the Arrow Conference, the acronym NOAC was still not in official usage. The 1958 NOAC was considered extra important because the OA leadership was already planning on skipping 1960 as a Conference year. This was to avoid conflict with the 50th Anniversary Jubilee Jamboree and also to line the Order up for its own 50th Anniversary meeting in 1965. A record 2,368 Arrowmen attended. It was the first conference where each state was represented.

The Conference theme was, “Brothers in Service – Leaders in Camping”. As in the past, training sessions were held on multiple days with a wide array of discussion topics. Dance competition, Brotherhood Chorus and barbeque were again on the schedule. For the first time ever a Brotherhood Band was part of the festivities. The Distinguished Service Awards (DSA) were presented. Founder Goodman again delivered his customary closing challenge to Arrowmen.