Inductions and Ceremonial Events



Inductions and Ceremonial Events (ICE) is offering activities throughout the conference. From training to individual coaching and evaluations to competitions ICE has something for you!  Do you think your ceremony team is one of the best in the nation? Then ceremonies competitions may be for you!

Are you looking for a way to improve ceremonies in your lodge? Join us for ceremony evaluations!  The goal of ceremony evaluations is to improve ceremonial performances and to maximize the quality of the induction experience for the candidate.   More details will be released in January.


The Inductions and Ceremonial Events committee at NOAC will be providing opportunities for individual and lodges to participate in ceremony evaluations and competitions. View the guidelines listed below.


Suit Up for Ceremonies

The Suit Up For Ceremonies staff is very excited to offer new programming this year. We will be offering training classes on how to dress your ceremonial team from the ground up in northeast woodlands, southeast woodlands, north central plains, southern plains, and prairie.

This year we will be offering ceremonial costume evaluation for both the individual and the team. This part of our program will allow guests to get feedback on their current ceremonial costuming. For the first time, at this NOAC, participants can compete for a chance at national recognition on both the individual or team level. The competition will allow the guest, with a good costume to compete against others from across the country. Each principal will have a first, second, and third place. The team competition will also offer a chance at first, second, and third place. The way a costume will be judged is based on a numerical scale. We have created a rubric attached for both the individual (Ceremonial Principal Judging) and group (Ceremonial Team Judging) for all to see how the judges will be scoring.

If a person(s) is interested in the competition aspect they must fill out the individual (Individual Competition App) or team (Team Competition App) pre judging application and have it postmarked no later than June 25, 2012 and mailed to:

Richard Hynes
23 Brushwood Hill
Franklin, MA 02038

The Judging is directed by a set of rules (General Comp Rules) aimed at keeping all competitors on the same level. The process of how to apply is outline for an individual (Individual Competition Rules) and a team (Team Competition Rules). The competition aspect of our program was piloted at Indian Summer 2011 with a great success rate. This year at NOAC 2012 we look to make it even bigger and better with the help of your competitors.

If you have any questions about the Suit Up for Ceremonies program or application process, please contact Ed Lafave via email at: elafave1@nycap.rr.com

NOTE: All of the supporting documents for Inductions and Ceremony Events can be accessed on the Documents and Downloads page in the NOAC Registration System.

Revised 6/03/2012