The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the flagship national Order of the Arrow event. It is held every two years at a major university campus and is attended by as many as 8,000 Arrowmen from all 50 states. It is second only to the BSA National Jamboree in size and scope.
What is the National Order of the Arrow Conference?
The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is an experience unlike any other in the Order of the Arrow, and Scouting in general, with innovative training opportunities in the morning, large-scale activities in the afternoon, and professionally produced evening shows! It is the Scouting event of the year spanning a week at a hosting university campus. This NOAC, thousands of Arrowmen will climb into the Rocky Mountains to the campus of the University of Colorado Boulder from July 29 to August 3, 2024, and we want YOU to join us as we Seek New Heights!
How do we have FUN at NOAC?
NOAC has a ton of different things to do across the week. In the past, there has been a helicopter landing, competitions ranging from ceremonies to a triathlon, patch trading, a conference-wide festival and much more. Exciting activities have ranged from elaborate escape rooms to national basketball competitions, golf excursions, and even professionally produced 5K and triathlon events! However, we have unorganized fun at NOAC as well. Constantly at NOAC Arrowmen from across the country meet, befriend each other and trade both collectible patches and ideas.
How can I gain useful skills at NOAC?
NOAC offers a variety of training opportunities to learn more about leadership, ceremonies, inductions, professional skills, sustainability, and more! These training sessions are developed by talented facilitators and are designed specifically to expand your ability to thrive as an Arrowman, leader and person. They expand your ability to serve your lodge, community and self.
What about these evening shows?
Almost every evening, the entire conference will gather in the largest indoor venue offered by the hosting university for a professionally produced show! NOAC shows hold a high production value with the power to instill the NOAC theme, inspire new leaders in the OA and provide an engaging experience for all attendees. They are the pinnacle event of each night that displays the scale of our membership and highlights many of the skills and talents within the Order of the Arrow.
How are we going to get there?
We plan to travel by van with activities along the way. We will be leaving Saturday, 7/27/24 and returning on Sunday 8/4/24. Details are still being finalized on what we will do while traveling and where we will stay. Those who register early will get to help decide.
How to register?
Space is limited and approximately 33% of the slots for attendees to NOAC have been filled! Save your spot and register now! Register here
Learn More About NOAC 2024
From July 29th-August 3rd, 2024, Arrowmen from around the country will have the unique opportunity to gather together at the University of Colorado Boulder to build ties of brotherhood and grow together as cheerful servants. Thousands of Arrowmen will attend the 2024 conference to share ideas, learn from one another, and most importantly experience an outstanding conference that is unlike any other event in Scouting.
A typical NOAC day consists of the following:
- Morning Training Sessions
- Afternoon Activities and Special Events
- Evening Show
- Evening Activities and Special Events
The training at each NOAC is world class. Trainers at NOAC are hand selected by conference leadership for their immense knowledge and expertise in a particular subject. Trainers come from around the world to share their expertise so that you may bring information and new ideas back to your home lodge and grow as an individual. Training session topics include leadership, event planning, and ceremony performance, among many others. No matter what you’re interested in there is a NOAC training session for you!
Each afternoon, conference participants can choose from a wide array of activities and special events. The National Order of the Arrow museum will be on display showcasing unique historical items that cannot be found anywhere else in the world.
What’s one thing scouting is recognized for all over? Adventure. This year expect to see all kinds of activities from climbing to SCUBA diving. Arrowmen can also participate in OA ceremony evaluations to improve their performance and learn from the experts. No matter what your talents there is no shortage of opportunity to showcase them at NOAC.
After dinner, all participants and staff gather at the university’s arena for the evening show. These shows are on par with what you would expect on Broadway or the biggest touring concert of the year! These shows will remain as one of your fondest memories of NOAC.
After the evening show, there are many opportunities to enjoy fun, food, and fellowship (not to mention trade your favorite patches!).
After an exciting conference like this, what more can a person do than SLEEP! You are going to need your rest to make sure you don’t miss out on all NOAC has to offer.
If this experience of a lifetime sounds like the event for you, please reach out through the contact us section so we can keep you informed as details become available.
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