Conference Functioning Committees
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.
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 conferences.
Matt Walker of Richardson, Texas, has been appointed conference program
chairman. He appoints lead advisers and supports the national chief and
vice chief in managing and producing the conference. Clyde Mayer, the
Order of the Arrow Director, will be the conference staff adviser. Other
members of the national committee serve on the various functioning committees,
helping to guide the development of specific areas of the conference.
The 2004 National Conference is organized into several 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:
|Activities and Recreation
||Responsible for staging a variety of activities,
including: athletic competition, recreation activities, displays,
movies, religious services.
||The support arm of the conference, providing
for a variety of services that make the conference operate smoothly,
including registration, housing, food service,
service lodge, transportation, security, health and safety, etc.
|American Indian Activities
||Responsible for conducting the many and
varied American Indian programs, including pageants, dance, singing
and regalia competitions, and the American Indian show.
||Oversees all community relations, hometown
news, media contacts, VIP relations, information booths, radio
station, and the NOAC Web site. Publishes the daily conference
|Extreme High Adventure
||This committee is responsible for instructing
and conducting the extreme high adventure programs at the conference
(i.e. climbing, kayaking, scuba, etc.)
||Responsible for oversight of daily financial
and business operations of the conference. Responsible to the conference
director for fiscal operations.
||Responsible for developing and providing
leadership to the Founders' Day festival held on Wednesday, the
last full day of the conference.
|High Adventure EXPO and Training
||This committee is responsible for staging
the conference High Adventure EXPO where participants will learn
about the latest technologies and equipment for high adventure
|Inductions and Ceremonial Events
||This committee will help lodges improve
the quality of their OA ceremonies (Ordeal, Brotherhood & Vigil).
This includes staging techniques, presentation, memorization, and
American Indian regalia.
||Provides Information Technology services to the
various other NOAC committees.
||This committee is responsible for the
development, production and staging of the Opening Show, Recognition
Show, and Theme Show.
||Responsible for all special events and
activities at the conference including programs for selected conference
participants, Very Important Arrowmen (VIA) luncheons, band and chorus,
Distinguished Service Award and Red Arrow reception and
dinner, professional Scouter dinners, meetings with national officers
and committeemen, OA museum, etc.
|The Outdoor Adventure Place (TOAP)
||This committee is responsible for the
development, construction, and operation of the The Outdoor Adventure
Place skills area. Outdoor skills demonstrated will include cooking,
pioneering projects, leave-no-trace, low impact camping, camping
equipment usage, orienteering, and much more.
||Responsible for the successful operation
of the NOAC and Indian trading posts.
||This committee is responsible for developing
and conducting more than 130 OA training programs and educational
opportunities for both youth and adult participants.
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