Words from the Chief
This is a reminder for everyone to go to NOAC 2009. The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is Scouting's second-largest national program event. NOAC is from August 1-6, 2009 at Indiana University. The reason for its growing popularity can be attributed to the fact that it is planned and carried out by Arrowmen. Youth involvement ensures that the conference program will be exciting, relevant, and non-stop fun.
Consider a few of the things that NOAC can do for you
1) A deeper understanding of the Scout Oath, Scout Law, Order of the Arrow Obligation, and what it means to "live" these words in one's daily life.
2) A renewed spirit, pride, and enthusiasm for Scouting and the Order of the Arrow.
3) Ideas their lodge can use to better serve Scouting in their home unit and council.
4) New program ideas, knowledge, and skills to improve the lodge.
5) Increased leadership skills and a better understanding of how to carry out the work of the lodge.
6) The latest information on camping and high- adventure programming, including how to successfully promote Boy Scout camping.
7) New friendships with fellow Arrowmen from throughout the country.
8) Memories to last a lifetime.
There are shows, theres training to make yourself a better Arrowmen in your lodge, theres games to play, and more!
So, come to NOAC and be prepared to have a fun time!
Yours In Service,
2009 Event Calendar
Lodge Business Meeting
Piedmont Community Church Basement - 7:30pm
Sunday, January 25th, 2009
PoppiFest and Ordeal
February 27 - March 1, 2009
Lodge Business Meeting
Piedmont Community Church Basement - 7:30pm
Sunday, April 15th, 2009
Lodge Spring BBQ and Elections
Location TBD -6:00pm
Sunday, June 14th, 2009
National OA Conference
August 1-6th, 2009
NOAC 2009 SPECIAL
August 1-6, 2009
The National Order of the Arrow Conference, more commonly known as NOAC, excites Arrowmen across the country. Why you ask? Just ask anyone in our lodge who has been to one, and they will probably say it is among the greatest scouting experiences they have ever had.
Imagine for a moment, you and eight thousand of your closest friends, descending on a major college campus for 6 days of brotherhood and fellowship, training and recreation, competition and friendship making. That is what a NOAC is all about.
From August 1st through 6th 2009, you will experience training, sports competitions, arena shows, gatherings, ceremony competitions, dance competitions, college dorming with your best friend, great food, the Founders Day Fair and Parade, patch trading, tons of lodge spirit, among many other great and amazing things.
In 2006, our lodge sent 10 participants to the NOAC in Michigan. This year we hope to increase that amount to 12 and it all starts with your help! If you have never been, this year is a perfect time to go, and even if you have been before, why not experience NOAC again? Our Lodge needs your help in making this the best NOAC ever!
If you are excited and ready to attend the 2009 NOAC, talk to our Lodge Chief or Lodge Adviser at the January 25th Lodge Meeting for more information and how to sign up. Stay tuned to www.event.oa-bsa.org and www.OA466.org for updates!
Remember, the theme is Im There. The question is, Will you be there?
The NOAC 2006 Experience: By Michael C.
On July 29, 2006, 10 Arrowmen traveled to the Michigan State University campus for NOAC. The six days flew by quickly and a great time was had by all who attended.
Those who attended included Lodge Chief Kevin C., Daniel W., Michael C., Patrick N., John W., Jim W., and Adult Leaders Kevin Fischer, Rick Clark, Paul Orgeron, and Jim Faison.
We took a red-eye flight from San Francisco to Detroit, arriving at 7 oclock East Coast time on Saturday morning. Catching one of several shuttle buses, we headed directly to East Lansing to join 8,000 Arrowmen for the largest ever NOAC.
We had a few hours to kill before the events officially got under way, so we all eagerly checked out the campus hotspots. The highlight of the campus was definitely the Student Union, featuring bowling lanes, a pool hall, and patch trading. NOAC 06 officially kicked off later in the night with our first of several shows.
However, the real fun started on Sunday with our first day of activities. Throughout the week, many exciting opportunities were offered to us. One major portion of the trip to NOAC was the classes. These classes were designed to enhance our NOAC experience or provide leadership and ceremonial training for us. Other classes taught Arrowmen about the history of patches or safety skills. Classes went on for several hours in the morning all week long.
We were also able to view the newest addition to NOAC, The Experience. The Experience was a promotion of the outdoors, and products which we as campers often use. This hands-on display allowed us a great look at camping gear.
Another exciting feature was the OA Museum, which was filled with OA and scouting history. Our lodge took a trip to the OA Museum on Monday. The Museum contained over 105 tables of memorabilia, containing over 50,000 items and filling over 6,000 square feet of exhibit space.
The show on Monday night was the Induction Ceremony for those receiving the Distinguished Service, Red Arrow, and Servant Leadership Awards. Among those inducted for Distinguished Service was the San Francisco Bay Area Councils Craig Leighty.
Lodge Leaders from all over the country gathered on Tuesday for the National Council of Chiefs. The Leaders in attendance discussed future national programs and provided feedback on existing programs.
Wednesday brought about Founders Day, which was a day-long celebration that began with an opening parade where regions and sections, were encouraged to use their creative skills to decorate their own golf cart. After the parade the Goodman Games started, which were intra-lodge friendly competitions.
In the afternoon Founders Day shifted attention to the Founders Fair. During the afternoon participants were able to visit lodge displays from all over the country. Founders Day closed with the final show of NOAC 2006. The show, entitled Texting Brandon: A Legacy of Leadership, spoke directly to the reasons why the Order of the Arrow exists, and why it will continue to be an organization that promotes service and leadership.
On Thursday morning we packed up and said good-bye to the Michigan State campus and NOAC. We still had a few hours to kill before we left for the airport so we went into East Lansing to just chill. We left Lansing around 2 oclock p.m. for Detroit. Leaving on the airplane back to San Francisco, we all felt like we had had a lifetime experience at NOAC, but were glad to be coming home.