On July 30- August 4, 2018, Arrowmen from around the country will have the unique opportunity to gather together at Indiana University to celebrate the 2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC). Each time a national conference is held, Arrowmen come together from around the world to share ideas, learn from one another, and most importantly experience an outstanding conference that is unlike any other event in Scouting. NOAC is open only to members of the OA.
“NOAC is the ultimate OA experience. The amount of history and activities that are presented are both phenomenal and interesting. Each night they have some form of show that cannot be described without seeing it for yourself. It’s like an Olympic opening show every night. There is so much to do at NOAC. If you have free time you can walk anywhere within seconds and find a hands on activity to learn or play.” – Former Mikanakawa Lodge Chief, Joe Chappell
A typical NOAC day consists of the following:
- Morning Training Sessions
- Afternoon Activities and Special Events
- Evening Show
- Evening Activities and Special Events
The training at each NOAC is world class. Trainers at NOAC are hand selected by conference leadership due to their immense knowledge and expertise in a particular subject. Trainers come from around the world to share their expertise, so that you may bring information and new ideas back to your home lodge and grow as an individual. Training sessions range in topics from leadership, to event planning, to Native American crafts, dancing, and ceremonies just to name a few. No matter what you’re interested in, there is a NOAC training session for you!
Each afternoon, conference participants can choose to participate in a wide array of actives and special events. The National Order of the Arrow museum will be on display showcasing unique historical items that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
What would a gathering of people from all over the country be without a little competition? Attendees have the opportunity to compete in athletic events like dodgeball and ultimate Frisbee. Arrowmen can also participate in OA ceremonies evaluations to improve their performance and learn from the experts. Interested in Native American dance? We have that too! No matter what your talent, there is no shortage of opportunity to showcase them at NOAC.
After dinner, all participants and staff gather at the university’s arena for the evening show. These shows are nothing short of amazing and are on par with what you would expect on Broadway or the biggest touring concert of the year! Each evening show is unique ranging from the opening and closing show, to Native American dance, to national awards and recognition. These shows will remain as one of your fondest memories of NOAC.
After the evening show, there are many opportunities to enjoy fun, food, and fellowship (not to mention trade your favorite patches)!
After an exciting conference like this, what more can a person do than SLEEP! You are going to need your rest to make sure you don’t miss out on all that NOAC has to offer.
Interested in attending the 2018 NOAC? Register HERE
We are collecting $100 from people who are interested in attending. The selection is not first come, first serve and the selection process/ criteria is TBD. We plan on loading in as many people as possible into the national system on October 2nd, so please register before then in order to have the best chance of attending the conference.
Each lodge is limited in the number of Arrowmen that can attend and national is imposing the same 3 youth to 1 adult ratio from 2015. We expect that there will be more interest than spaces available. The $100 will be applied to your NOAC attendance cost if you are selected and will be refunded if you are not.
The conference fee is $525 and we are still working on finalizing the contingent fee including travel, food, multi-day pre-conference activities, and miscellaneous expenses. Past pre-conference activities include Six Flags, Cedar Point, Ford Museum, Wright Patterson Air Force Museum, and the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. The expected total fee will be similar to the 2015 NOAC fee at $900-$1000. The lodge can offer limited financial assistance to those who need help attending the conference. Future information will be available on the lodge website and at lodge events. For further questions, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information click here for the OA national page.