NOAC 2015 Details

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Dates and Location

The 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) will begin with dinner on Monday, August 3, 2015 and conclude following breakfast on Saturday, August 8, 2015. The conference will be held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.


All Arrowmen who are registered members of the Boy Scouts of America and have their council’s approval are eligible to participate in the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference. All guests must register as a member of a council contingent or be a member of the conference staff.

Conference Fee

The conference fee is $475.00 for youth and adult members who pay their total conference fee by the date set forth by the conference planning committee. Conference fees paid after this date will incur a late fee. The fee includes five night’s housing, 14 meals, program and support materials, registration materials, and recognition items.

Your local lodge contingent may have additional fees for transportation and/or other activities that may happen before or after NOAC. Please contact your local lodge contingent for more information.


To secure the youth and adult spaces desired, each council must complete the online Council Contingent Registration Form via the NOAC registration area at accompanied with a nonrefundable $100.00 per-guest registration deposit. No individual reservations will be accepted. All contingent reservations must be transmitted through the local council offer and accompanied by the transmittal form.

Registration for attendees and those interested in staff positions will open on August 1, 2014.

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Conference Onsite


Conference participants and staff will eat in the university's dining halls beginning with dinner on the first day of NOAC and concluding with breakfast on the last day of NOAC. Each meal will include main dishes, sides, beverages, and desserts.


Conference participants and staff will stay in the university’s residence halls. All attendees are encouraged to bring a fan with them, as not all residence halls are air-conditioned. Each floor within the residence hall has their own male and female bathroom facilities with showers, sinks, and toilets. Each residence hall will have a NOAC housing staff member assigned to it.

The university will provide each participant with two sheets, pillow, pillow case, blanket, and a towel. Towels and bed linens may be exchanged at your residence hall Service Desk during your stay.


NOAC security staff and University Police will be present around the university grounds 24 hours a day to provide a safe environment for participants and staff. Other security personnel will be present at arena shows and other major conference events. While at NOAC, if you need help, check in with a NOAC security staff member or an information booth. For immediate concerns where NOAC security is not available, guests are encouraged to dial 9-1-1 or go to a university staff member.

There will be plenty of walking at NOAC so it is best to be physically fit. Be sure to bring comfortable shoes and drink LOTS of water. Limited shuttle service will be available. Special transportation arrangements will be made for those in need.

For those flying to NOAC, chartered shuttle service will be available from Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) to MSU on August 3rd and August 8th only. Contingent leaders will be able to request this service with the NOAC registration system.

Trading Post

Items such as patches, neckerchiefs, hats, t-shirts, mugs, luggage tags, magnets, bolos, and more will be available for purchase from the NOAC Trading Post. Lodge contingent participants and NOAC staff members must utilize the online Trading Post to order merchandise in advance of the 2015 conference. This will help ensure all mementos desired can be obtained and avoid long lines and possible disappointment in attempting to purchase merchandise at NOAC. 

All mail orders will be shipped from the conference site between August 1 and August 7, 2015. Reserved orders must be picked up by 4:30 PM on Wednesday, August 5, at the NOAC Trading Post location.

Onsite at NOAC 2015, the official Trading Post will be have NOAC memorabilia, Order of the Arrow items, patches, prints, figurines from the National Endowment, and ScoutStuff supplies. Arrowmen are encouraged to pre-order their NOAC memorabilia as some items will sell out before the conference.

The conference logo itself will not be released until the first day of the conference, but each item description will give an overview of each available item.

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What to Pack?


All conference participants and staff are to be in full Scout uniform at dinner and all evening shows. For breakfast, lunch, training sessions, day time and evening activities and events, participants and staff may wear a NOAC, OA or Scout t-shirt or golf shirt with their Scout shorts or trousers during the conference.

The official Scout Uniform is appropriate to wear at any time during the conference.

Don't forget these items:

  • Beach towel for all water activities (Towels are not to be taken from resident halls.)
  • Personal water bottle(s)
  • Medications
  • Emergency phone numbers (including work #s)
  • Toothbrush & Toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • Underwear
  • Sun glasses
  • Sun screen
  • Shaving kit
  • Alarm clock

Medical Form

All NOAC participants and staff will be required to have a completed BSA Annual Health and Medical Record (Parts A, B, and C) with personal barcode to attend the conference. All youth and adult medical examinations (Part C) must have been completed after July 31, 2014 to be valid. The completed BSA Annual Health and Medical Records will be electronically submitted for review and approval to attend the 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference. No other type of medical forms will be accepted.

Additional process information on the medical form is described on the 2015 NOAC Medical Form Submission page.

No BSA Annual Health and Medical Record examinations will be performed by NOAC medical personnel onsite.

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Last revised on June 30, 2015