Next Stop: NOAC 2012!

Grab Your Smart Phone and Participate in the Munzee Legacy
Posted by National Event Staff - July 25, 2012

NOAC Equipment List A new social scavenger hunt is coming to NOAC 2012! Regions, sections, lodges and Arrowman will be competing during the conference to see who can earn the most points and win fabulous prizes through the Munzee Legacy game!!!


Social Media at NOAC
Posted by National Event Staff - July 25, 2012

NOAC Equipment ListThe OA is #sOciAl this year at NOAC. Be sure to like or follow us to be kept up-to-date about all that is happening at #NOAC2012. And while you're at conference, be sure to share your thoughts, photos and videos with us. We're excited to see what you're doing!

Attention Eagle Scouts
Posted by National Event Staff - July 24, 2012

NOAC Equipment List Arrowmen who have attained the rank of Eagle Scout are encouraged to bring and wear their Eagle Scout medal on August 1, 2012, Eagle Scout Day at NOAC.

Recommended Equipment List
Posted by National Event Staff - July 21, 2012

NOAC Equipment List In addition to the necessary personal clothing items (shirts, shorts, socks, jacket, etc), the following are some recommended personal items to bring to NOAC.


2012 NOAC Contingent Leader Update
Posted by National Event Staff - July 20, 2012

NOAC Staff This "NOAC UPDATE" is to keep contingent leaders informed of preparations being made for the National Order of the Conference to be held at Michigan State University, July 30 - August 4, 2012.

How to use Social Media and Print Media to Share Your NOAC Experience
Posted by National Event Staff - July 10, 2012

Arrowmen Press Corps The NOAC Communications Staff will be holding a pre-conference Webinar to train Arrowmen Press Corps members on how to use social networks and lodge communication resources to relay what's going on at NOAC back to their home lodges. The Webinar will also provide strategies on how to establish relationships with local media prior to coming to NOAC to increase publicity of lodge activities. Arrowmen who are interested in serving on the Press Corps should also attend to learn about this opportunity at NOAC. Preregistration is required.
Webinars will be held on:

  • July 16 at 8 PM EDT / 5 PM PDT
  • July 17 at 9 PM EDT / 6 PM PDT
Click here to register for Arrowmen Press Corps Webinar

Arrowmen Press Corps
Posted by National Event Staff - July 2, 2012

NOAC Staff Are you a journalist at heart? Are you a lodge secretary? Are you interested in photojournalism? The Arrowmen Press Corps (APC) lets Arrowmen bring their experiences back to their OA brothers, their families, and their communities. Each APC member will be able to blog, share photos, videos, and stories about their everyday experiences at NOAC. Additionally, Arrowmen will receive support from the NOAC Communications Staff in sending articles and photos back to their local newspaper or lodge newsletter. Arrowmen Press Corps members will receive priority seating at the shows so they can capture the behind-the-scenes scoop and snap that elusive picture that tells the NOAC story. Each lodge contingent is encouraged to have at least one representative from their contingent to be a part of the APC, but lodges can have as many as three members. To register, talk to your contingent leader to sign you up for this great experience. Contingent leaders will look for APC registration under group activity. Only the contingent leader can sign you up for APC.
NOAC Registration Site

New Activity Offering - Lodge Web Site Competition
Posted by National Registration Staff - June 26, 2012

NOAC Staff Just Added!! Enter the NOAC Lodge Web Site Competition and see how your lodge's web site stacks up. Sites will be reviewed beginning July 1, 2012 so you need to act IMMEDIATELY! To enter, login in to the Contingent Leaders section of the Registration web site - Go to Manage Activities and Training. You will find the Lodge Web Site Competition listed under the Special Programs topical group. You will need to enter one youth member of your delegation as the lodge contact and also (on the Activity Options tab) enter the URL of your lodge's web site. Remember you only have until June 30 to enter so ACT NOW!!
NOAC Registration Site

NOAC Staff Medical Reminder
Posted by NOAC Medical Staff - June 23, 2012

NOAC Staff The Medical Staff would like to remind everyone of the 100% required submission of the BSA Medical Form in order to participate as a member of the Staff for the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference. This submission must be completed prior to your arrival at NOAC.

ISCA to host Trade-O-Ree Prior to NOAC 2012
Posted by International Scouting Collectors Association - March 28, 2012

iscaThe biggest Scout memorabilia show of the year is coming NOAC this summer. Lodge contingents that are arriving a little early should plan to come to the International Scouting Collectors Association sponsored trade-o-ree. Admission is free and all lodges are offered a FREE area each day to sell lodge memorabilia to help defray some of their NOAC costs. The trade-o-ree starts on the Friday before NOAC and goes through Monday afternoon, the registration day.

Compete in the NOAC 2012 Film Fest
Posted by National Promotions Team - March 27, 2012

videoLive on the set! Quiet everyone. Ready. Set. Action! “United, we leave a legacy” is the theme of the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference and the national promotions team is looking for chapters, lodges, and sections to submit what the theme means to them while promoting NOAC 2012.

A Call for Lodge Displays at the NOAC 2012 Museum
Posted by NOAC Museum Committee- March 26, 2012

noacDoes your lodge have a story? Does your lodge conduct service at your local camp? Does your lodge hold fellowship weekends? Does your lodge have a scrapbook or compiled record? Answer: of course you do! So why not tell it! Enter the Lodge Display Competition at NOAC 2012 and share your lodge history!



New Products added to NOAC 2012 Trading Post
Posted by NOAC Trading Staff - March 25, 2012


The NOAC 2012 Trading Post is open for business! Get your patches, hats, t-shirts, and other NOAC 2012 memorabilia today! Arrowmen may pre-order online at www.tradingpost.oa-bsa.org. New items have been added since the trading post was launched in February.

August 3 is Founder’s Day at NOAC 2012!
Posted by Frank Gamez, CVC of Founder's Day - February 26, 2012

oa-logoThe last full day of NOAC 2012 is Founder’s Day where the Order pays tribute to Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carol A. Edson, who founded the organization on July 16, 1915, at Treasure Island Scout Camp. Dr. Goodman once said, “The Order of the Arrow is a thing of the spirit rather than of mechanics.” And Founder’s Day reflects that vision. After a week of training, fellowship, and fun – the theme “United, We Leave a Legacy” continues on the final day of NOAC: Founder’s Day! continued


Celebrating 100 years of the Eagle Scout Award
Posted by Ethan Fowler, CVC of NESA at NOAC, February 25, 2012

oa-logoCelebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Eagle Scout Award this summer at the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference. The National Eagle Scout Association (NESA) is partnering with the Order to provide NESA themed programs including training sessions, leadership symposiums, and Eagle Scout Gatherings. continued


Getting to NOAC 2012
Posted by National Promotions Team, February 23, 2012

oa-logoHave you made your reservations to attend NOAC 2012? There are two ways to get there. You can attend with your lodge or join the NOAC 2012 staff. 8,000 Arrowmen are expected to arrive at Michigan State University on July 30, 2012, and you will not want to miss out on the opportunity. continued


Open for Business – Trading Post is Accepting Pre-Orders
Posted by NOAC Trading Post Team, February 22, 2012

oa-logoNOAC 2012 pre-orders are now being accepted at the OA Online Trading Post so get your order in today!  The online trading post has over 10 new items that are now available for pre-order  including the NOAC 2012 patch and back patch, baseball cap, belt buckle, hat pin, hiking staff medallion, decal, neckerchief slide, bolo tie, and T-shirt. continued


ARC will host lodge competitions, recreation, and the Grand Hodag
Posted by Taylor Blanc, CVC of Activities and Recreation, February 21, 2012

oa-logoLooking for the fun you can have at NOAC 2012? Look no further as the Activities and Recreation Committee (ARC) is planning entertaining and competitive activities for you and your lodge. From dodge ball to basketball, ping pong to golf, the ARC committee at NOAC will make sure that you have the time of your life at MSU. The ARC committee is split into 4 areas, Activities, Recreation, Competitions, and the Grand Hodag. continued



NOAC 2012 Trading Post Update
Posted by NOAC Trading Post Team- January 23, 2012

oa-logoIf you have not visited the online OA Trading Post, tradingpost.oa-bsa.org, recently, you definitely should. With the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) approaching quickly, NOAC 2012 items will be posted soon. Beginning mid-February, some of the unique items will be highlighted on the website and in future issues of “News You Can Use.” continued


Ready. Set. Action! NOAC 2012 Film Fest
Posted by National Promotions Team - January 22, 2012

videoLive on the set! Quiet everyone. Ready. Set. Action! United, we leave a legacy is the theme of the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference and the National Promotions Team is looking for  chapters, lodges, and sections to submit what the theme means to them while promoting NOAC 2012. continued



NOAC Training to Inspire!
Posted by NOAC Training Committee - January 22, 2012

trainingThe NOAC Training committee is excited to bring you an unparalleled training experience this summer at Michigan State University! The nation's best trainers will bring you top-notch classes that can only be experienced at NOAC. They will fuel your knowledge, excitement, and drive for our Order. With courses in Outdoor Adventure to ceremonies and evaluations, Leadership Summits to national level communications, there is something for everyone! Imagine conclave training on steroids, and you have this year's NOAC Training Experience! continued


Become a NOAC 2012 Lodge Road Warrior
Posted by National Promotions Team - January 20, 2012

road-warriorBecome a NOAC 2012 Road Warrior Lodge today and help build your lodge’s contingent. Lodges who meet the following requirements will be recognized as a NOAC 2012 Road Warrior Lodge at the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference. continued



Meet the NOAC 2012 Planning Committee Leadership
Posted by National Promotions Team - January 19, 2012

chiefsFrom December 27-30, 2011, section chiefs, members of the national Order of the Arrow committee and key volunteers gathered in Dallas, Texas, for the 2011 National Order of the Arrow Planning Meeting to begin planning for NOAC 2012. Section chiefs gathered on the first evening for the national chief and vice chief elections. John Rehm was elected the 2012 national chief and Preston Marquis was elected the 2012 national vice chief. Both John and Preston will oversee the planning for NOAC 2012. continued


Conference Life at NOAC 2012
Posted by National Promotions Team- January 18, 2012

When the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) begins on July 30th, 8,000 Arrowmen will descend on Michigan State University (MSU). Beginning at the national planning meeting and continuing over the next months, the Spartan Hospitality Group at MSU will work with the NOAC planning committee to ensure the needs of all guests will be met. From housing to food to getting around, MSU and the planning committee have you covered. Now, let’s get a run-down of what to expect on site. continued


NESA to celebrate 100th year of the Eagle Scout Award
Posted by Jonathan Hillis, 2011 National Chief - January 17, 2012

Ever heard of Arthur Eldred? In August of 1912, almost exactly one hundred years before our upcoming NOAC, he earned the very first Eagle badge. He was so ahead of the curve that he didn’t receive the actual badge until a month later, because the medals hadn’t even been produced yet. continued



Adventure and World Records Headed to NOAC 2012
Posted by National Promotions Team- January 16, 2012

scubaUntil now, you’ve heard a lot about all of the cool things that have happened at NOAC’s past: shows, kazoos, dodge ball, and a ton of other exciting activities. Well, we are now excited to tell you about all of the cool things that the section chiefs have been planning for this time around! NOAC gets bigger and better every conference, and 2012 is no different. Over the next few months, each of the committees will share more of their plans on the NOAC Blog at event.oa-bsa.org. But, until then, we thought you would like to know about a few of the new plans. In this issue, learn about scientific breakthrough with Outdoor Adventures, NESA@NOAC, and the world’s largest water gun fight. continued

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About NOAC 2012

Welcome to the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference website. Here you will find everything you need to know about NOAC 2012, how to go, what exciting opportunities await you and the plans for the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference.

More than 8,000 Arrowmen will travel to East Lansing, Michigan, home to the 2012 National Order of the Arrow Conference at Michigan State University. Arrowmen will participate in a 6 day conference focusing on top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, attending evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and checking out the exciting programs NOAC has to offer.

NOAC will be held from July 30 through August 4th, 2012. Begin planning your trip to this exciting national event. Arrowmen will travel to NOAC with a contingent from their lodge or as a staff member supporting the thousands of Arrowmen attending the conference. To get to NOAC and reserve your spot in your lodge contingent, talk with your lodge chief, lodge adviser or lodge staff adviser today. This fall, your lodge will begin recruiting Arrowmen to attend NOAC 2012. Remember, Next Stop: NOAC 2012!

Revised 7/25/2012