Every two years, Arrowmen from across the country gather on the campus of a major university for the National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC).

The National Order of the Arrow Conference is Scouting's second-largest national program event. The reason for its growing popularity can be attributed to the fact that it is planned and carried out by Arrowmen themselves. Youth involvement ensures that the conference program will be exciting, relevant, and non-stop fun.

These gatherings draw over 7000 Arrowmen, traveling from as far away as Europe and Asia, for five days of training, fun, and fellowship. With each conference, NOAC becomes more diversified, more fun, and more exciting.

NOAC has many different aspects and it is impossible to participate in every event in one year. Each year events are added and changed so you could go to NOAC every time and do new things each time. The main activities at NOAC include training, ceremonies evaluation, American Indian events, shows, competitions, and Founder's Day. NOAC has something for everyone of all backgrounds and all ages. It is definitely one of Scouting's most unique and entertaining training events.

The 2006 NOAC was held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI from July 29 to August 3, 2006.

The 2009 NOAC was held at Indiana University in Bloomington, IN, August 1-6, 2009

The 2012 NOAC was held at Michigan State University in East Lansing, MI from July 30 to August 4, 2012.

Curious how many people attendent this NOAC from your section? View the attendance here


The 2015 NOAC, which will celebrate the hundredth anniversary of our order, has yet to be announced so look for the announcement in January of 2013.

2012 National Officers at NOAC:



The National Officers can be seen above: Marty Opthoff (Central Region Chief), Dave Joyner (Southern Region Chief), John Rehm (National Chief), Preston Marquis (National Vice Chief), Eric Bush (NorthEast Region Chief), and Joe Barton (Western Region Chief)