NOAC Arrival Day Coverage
Bright and early Monday morning, NOAC staff members were hard at work putting the finishing touches on what will be the most innovative NOAC ever. Planning for this event began just as NOAC 2015 came to a close three years ago, and now it’s showtime!
The first contingent arrived before most of the staff started breakfast. All the way from San Francisco, 6 youth and 3 adults from Achewon Nimat Lodge ended their long journey around 6:00 a.m. when their shuttle dropped them off at the Foster Quadrangle. They were exhausted and fatigued, but nonetheless excited to be here. These delegates left San Francisco on July 23rd, taking both Amtrak and Greyhound across the country to get to NOAC. They reported the worst part of their journey was when their train ran out of garden salads and they were forced to eat $8.00 microwavable cheeseburgers. The delegates from Achewon Nimat Lodge spent a couple of days touring Chicago before making the final push to Indiana University. They are now checked-in and ready for an exciting week!
Agaming Maangogwan from Michigan and Lo La’Qam Geela from Oregon both arrived at Wright Quadrangle at the same time and were psyched to go through the check-in process and start exploring the conference. The Arrowmen from Michigan are most excited about participating in the Spartan Race and patch trading, while the delegates from Oregon are looking forward to participating in the ceremonies competitions. Like these two lodges, most contingents are anticipating the many adventures and activities to be had at NOAC 2018.
All NOAC activities are now in full swing. Seek is taking both delegates and staff by storm. The Arrowman to meet the most people through Seek will win a grand prize at the end of the week, and delegates are already racking up points in the hopes of earning other rewards. Make sure to stay current with the Seek leaderboard to track your progress and see which badges you’ve earned!
Much like Seek, patch trading is also making its way onto the grounds of Indiana University. Lodges throughout our Order have created some amazing patches and patch sets reflecting their creativity and local style. Patch Trading Monitors and designated trading areas will give delegates a pleasant and safe experience while engaging in the popular pastime.
All of these activities, and many more will enable Arrowmen of all ages to decide their destiny at NOAC and beyond.