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2002 NOAC Organizational Structure

National Conference Committee
National Conference Functioning Committees

National Conference Committee

The National Order of the Arrow Conference is planned and produced by a National Conference Committee, consisting of section chiefs from across the country and members of the National Order of the Arrow Committee. A National Planning Meeting, held in December prior to the conference, is used to select a theme and begin development of the conference program.

The section chiefs elect a national chief, vice chief, four region chiefs, and conference vice chiefs to develop and deliver their program plans. Members of the National Order of the Arrow Committee will host and provide overall guidance and leadership for the conference.

Veteran Arrowmen from around the nation make up the National Order of the Arrow Committee and bring to the NOAC not only extensive Order of the Arrow and Scouting experience, but years of experience in staging and administrating past NOACs.

A Vice-Chairman of the National Order of the Arrow Committee serves as Conference Program Chairman. He appoints lead advisers and supports the national chief and vice chief in managing and producing the conference. The Order of the Arrow Director is the Conference Staff Adviser and holds the professional accountability for the conference. Other members of the national committee serve as a Program Facilities Coordinator, or on the various functioning committees, helping to guide the development of specific areas of the conference.

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National Conference Functioning Committees

The 2002 National Conference is organized into twelve functioning committees. Program committees are led by a Conference Vice Chief, with other section chiefs serving on the committee. A member of the National Order of the Arrow Committee serves as Lead Adviser to each committee. The committees recruit additional youth and adult staff, as necessary, to carry out their conference responsibilities. Specific committees and their areas of responsibility are outlined below:

American Indian Events
Responsible for conducting the many and varied American Indian programs, including pageants, dance, singing and attire competitions, the American Indian show, etc.
Camping and High Adventure
Responsible for all camping exhibits, high-adventure activities and for the development, construction and operation of all outdoor/camping skills areas.
Oversees all community relations, hometown news, media contacts, VIP relations, information booths, radio station, and the NOAC web site. Publishes the daily conference newsletter.
Competitions and Recreation
Responsible for staging a variety of activities, including: athletic competition, recreation, displays, band and chorus.
Financial Services
Responsible for oversight of daily financial and business operations of the conference. Responsible to the conference director for fiscal operations.
Founder's Day
Responsible for developing and providing leadership to the Founder's Day festival held on Wednesday of the conference.
Inductions and Ceremonial Events
A committee organized to help lodges improve the quality of their OA ceremonies (Ordeal, Brotherhood & Vigil). This includes staging techniques, presentation, memorization, and American Indian attire.
Leadership Development (Training)
Responsible for developing and conducting more than 125 OA training programs and educational opportunities for both youth and adult participants.
Responsible for the development, production and staging of the opening show, recognition show, theme show, and other conference-wide productions of this kind.
Special Events
Responsible for all special events and activities at the conference including programs for selected conference participants, Very Important Arrowmen (VIA) meals, religious services, Distinguished Service Award and professional Scouter dinners, meetings with national officers and committeemen, OA museum, etc.
Support Services
The support arm of the conference, providing for a variety of services that make the conference operate smoothly, including equipment and materials, service lodge, transportation, recognition and awards, security, health and safety, print shop, etc.
Trading Post
Staffing and operation of the conference trading post. Oversees the Indian trading post at the conference.

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Revised 11/19/01