National Order of the Arrow Conference
All youth and adult members
of Ktemaque Lodge are invited!
The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC)
is the premier
event of the Order of the Arrow. It is Scouting's second-largest
national program event. Over 10,000 Arrowmen from across our
nation gather for an inspirational and
unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and
lots of fun! The evening shows are full of theatrics and special effects.
Why come to NOAC? Click here
and find out why! Photos
from NOAC 2009.
The next National Order of the Arrow Conference will be held August 3 - 8, 2015
at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. The Order of the Arrow will celebrate its 100th anniversary
at NOAC 2015.
Don't miss out on NOAC in 2015, because the next one won't be until 2018!
To reserve your spot in our lodge contingent talk to your lodge chief,
adviser, or lodge staff adviser today.
All Arrowmen attending the 2015 National Order of the Arrow
Conference will receive a once-in-a-lifetime souvenir, a special edition red sash
to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the
learn more, click here.
We look forward to seeing you as part of our contingent for NOAC 2015!
To ask questions or sign up, contact
our Lodge Adviser.
Matthew Mann, Program Adviser
10 brothers from Ktemaque Lodge participated in a
week of fun, fellowship, and learning as they attended the National
Order of the Arrow Conference in East Lansing, Michigan from July
29-August 3. The temperatures in East Lansing were scorching, with some
days hitting temperatures in the high 90s to 100 degrees. Even the high
temperatures did not keep the participants from taking advantage of all
the activities planned for the national conference. An important aspect
of NOAC is the many training cells that contingent members attend
during their week. These training cells allow arrowmen the opportunity
to learn about new national programs as well as gain new skills that
can be used to further the local lodge program. Some of the most
interesting sessions involved learning wilderness medicine techniques,
trekking, the Vigil Honor, and leadership skills. One of the highlights
of the week was attending the Leadership Symposium where members had a
chance to discuss leadership styles and goals with nationally renowned
leaders. Some of the leaders present included Bradley Haddock, Chairman
of the National OA Committee, Admiral Dan McCarthy of the U.S. Navy,
and Marcia Newman of the Greenleaf Center for Servant Leadership.
In addition to the insightful training sessions, the Ktemaque lodge
contingent had the opportunity to participate in outdoors activities
such as the TOAP course, learn about new outdoor equipment at The
Experience, or attend “Meet the Man” sessions. A few members of
Ktemaque Lodge attended a “Meet the Man” session featuring acclaimed
Western artist Gregory Perillo. Mr. Perillo is currently the foremost
artist of Native American life and as the official artist for NOAC 2006
he was commissioned to paint the official conference portrait. This
portrait titled “The Legend Lives On” was on display at this session.
It features Chief Chingachgook and Uncas in front of the Legend on a
large animal skin. Also present at this event was Walter Vines, the man
who in 1957 painted the original Legend on deerskin. This deerskin was
used in ceremonies to assist lodge members in remembering the Legend.
Mr. Vines then explained the display of the original Legend which was
on hand for the event. The members of Ktemaque Lodge attending this
session were impressed with both works of art and found Mr. Perillo to
be very honest in conversation and dedicated to his work. During other
afternoons, contingent members participated in sporting competitions
and continued to cheerfully serve others. On Monday and Tuesday
afternoon, members of our contingent participated in Operation Service
where arrowmen helped Michigan State University maintain its facilities
through performing various maintenance works on campus.
The NOAC festivities continued into the evening as each night featured
a different theme show. The shows included speeches by the national
officers, the Chief Scout Executive as well as Indian dance and a final
theme show. During another show the plans for “Arrow Corps 5” were
unveiled. The OA and the United States Forest Service will work
together to improve five national forests across the country. These
projects will take place at various national forests during the summer
of 2008. During the Awards and Recognition show on Sunday, members of
Ktemaque Lodge cheered as Thomas Bain, NE-2C Section Adviser received
the Distinguished Service Award (DSA). Contingent members were
especially inspired by the closing show on Wednesday evening that
focused on the struggles that a young man, Brandon, faced while
attempting to do the right thing. In the end, the values of cheerful
service to others guided him in the right direction. On Thursday August
3, the Ktemaque contingent was exhausted but glad to have been a part
of NOAC 2006. Many of us anticipate attending the next NOAC. Don’t miss
out on the opportunity to create memories that you will cherish for a
lifetime. Hope to see you there!