NOAC 2015 Details
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.
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 https://registration.oa-bsa.org 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.
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. Each room includes linens, a pillow, and towels.
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.
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 on Monday, August 3 or Tuesday, August 4 of the conference, 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.
What to Pack?
All NOAC participants and staff members are required to wear their full Scout uniform when attending shows, training sessions, and meals. The activity uniform may be worn during recreational events such as afternoon and evening activities.
What to Pack?
The packing list will be released in the future.
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.
During the first quarter of 2015, the NOAC Annual Health and Medical Record Submission process will become available. Once the submission system is open, everyone attending NOAC will be able to initiate their individualized barcoded medical form through their NOAC Registration System. Additional process information on the medical form is described on the 2015 NOAC Medical Form Submission page.
Additional information about the medical services available at the conference will be included in the April 1, 2015 administrative information.
No BSA Annual Health and Medical Record examinations will be performed by NOAC medical personnel onsite.
Last revised on March 14, 2015