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National Order of the Arrow Conference

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.
Update January 3, 2015 
Over 15,000 Arrowmen and staff have registered to attend NOAC 2015.

All youth and adult members of Ktemaque Lodge are invited!  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, lodge 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 Order.  To 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.

NOAC 2006
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!

NOAC History

NOAC 2012, NOAC 2009, NOAC 2006, NOAC 2004, NOAC 2002, NOAC 2000, NOAC 1998

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