NOAC On Site Visit
Arrowmen across the country are busily preparing for the 2002 National
Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), scheduled to open on July 27th.
Lodge Contingents are finalizing their travel plans, packing their
t-shirts, and getting all ready to go. But the preparation for
this NOAC began many months ago.
After the Conference youth leaders were selected at the
2001 National Planning Meeting back in
December, the various committees began their plans for
this great event. Then, in early March, the key conference leadership
visited Indiana University
to plan the
second largest gathering the Boy Scouts of America has to offer.
The key conference leadership touring the IU campus.
The beautiful city of Bloomington was cold and rainy in
early March as the National Chief,
National Vice Chief, Region Chiefs, Conference Vice Chiefs,
Service Lodge Chief, Lead Advisers, and selected support staff
stepped though the gates
of Indiana University.
However, only thoughts of warm sunny weather and fun was on the
minds of these key leaders as they prepared for NOAC this year.
Friday night started with the arrival
of these leaders from all over the country. After a
relaxing supper, they began their mission: To get the nitty
gritty plans ironed out for the Conference. This includes
determining the facilities
and schedules for all NOAC activities, visiting the key areas
of the school,
and finalizing the program plans for the conference.
Conference Leaders planning for NOAC.
will be a great host for NOAC", 2002 National Chief
Clay Capp proudly
stated. "We have a winning team assembled to put on this
it will be a fabulous one."
As the group walked through the conference,
they fine-tuned the
locations for all the good things NOAC has to offer.
There are great training facilities, a fine location for
Founder's Day, and excellent venues for the many other
event and competitions. For example, the
HPER (Health, Physical Education and Recreation) building has
several large gymnasiums that will give rise to some really great
competitions this year, not to mention an
Olympic-sized pool. Arrowmen will have an opportunity to
top facilities while they have the chance to score big in the
The main HPER gym.
The HPER pool
After touring Indiana University Saturday morning, the group
got "down and dirty" adding more information to their plans, and
resolving any scheduling or facility conflicts.
Saturday night ended with great aspirations
of the conference, as the
Conference Vice Chiefs
reported their updated
plans to the assembled leaders.
Sunday morning awakened with gently falling
snow as everyone departed to continue planning for
the conference at home.
Key Leaders fine-tuning their plans.
When the sun rises at 5:43am this July 27,
over 7,000 Arrowmen will start to invade Bloomington as they
make their way to Indiana University. It is the planning
of the national key leaders that will help make this
year's NOAC a blast!