From July 29 to August 4, 2012 Arrow Men from around the
National gathered at Michigan State University to practice their brotherhood
skills. The participants were kept very
busy with a vast variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Such activities
would include morning trainings ranging from regalia crafting seminars to
leadership trainings and in the evening fun and games.
With NOAC being BSA’s second largest program in number of
participants you can be sure that there will be lots of patch trading! In fact
there were even people still up at 12:30 AM trading patches and scouting
memorabilia. There were patch auctions held every evening raising lots of money
for the local Kids to Camp program.
Section C-5A had many participants from every Lodge. As well
as many on staff for NOAC. The three section officers all served on staff.
David Steinkruger worked on NESA@NOAC where he prepared for the Wednesday
evening NESA show featuring five Eagle Scouts who all made something great with
their life. Matt Ostdiek worked backstage for the Shows department, rendering
excellent videos to be showed at the evening shows. Matt made “day in review”
videos and worked on bringing video on screen for the shows.
Garrison LeRock worked in the ARC@NOAC or Activities and Recreation where he helped direct different programs such
as Lodge Ball, NOAC Idol, and NOAC Jeopardy. Garrison also helped with the
evening party on Thursday called “Hodag” that featured a number of different
games and the popular Miss Michigan. While working on staff you were lucky if
you could get to bed before 1 AM and wake up after 7AM. All staff members of
NOAC put in many hours making sure their guests were satisfied with their stay.
Of course the amazing week of NOAC couldn’t have even
happened without the excellent hospitality of Michigan State University. The
Order of the Arrow is in great appreciation for MSU’s service.