NATIONAL OA CONFERENCES
It wasn't until 1954 that
the Lodge had a group of Arrowmen participate in a National Order of the
Arrow Conference. That year a group of lodge members traveled to the Conference
held at the University of Wyoming in August.
1958 TRIP TO THE NATIONAL
ORDER OF THE ARROW CONFERENCE
A group of Arrowmen, including
Dabney Kennedy and Ric Wilkins, traveled to the National Order of the Arrow
Conference held in the summer of 1958 at Lawrence, Kansas, by way of Philmont
Scout Ranch. They toured the prison at, Boulder, Colorado, the Royal Gorge,
and Pikes Peak. They met Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Col. Carroll A. Edson
face to face at the Conference and had both men sign their OA Sashes.
The participants watched
a group out of Colorado do a team dance using live rattle snakes as part
of their dance. Several incidents happened during the Conference including
one of the scouts getting mad at a gag pulled on him. He retaliated by
breaking the glass on the fire alarm and pulling the alarm. This brought
several fire trucks to the dormitory. Also one of the Scouts got into a
fight with some of the local college students. Needless to say, Dabney
Kennedy, the organizer of the trip, was not too happy with the group! However,
they did make it home safely.
LARGEST GROUP TO ATTEND
1961 was a big year for the
Lodge. Not only did they host the Area 9-D Conference at Camp Billy Gibbons
on August 4-6, but twenty Arrowmen attended the National Order of the Arrow
Conference at Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, from August 21-24
under the leadership of Glen E. McClatchey of Brownwood.
1994 NOAC Lodge Patch
Six Arrowmen participated
in NOAC held at Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana, on July 31
- August 4, 1994. Under the leadership of Don M. Beach and John Cox, Michael
Beach, Cody Stephens, Michael Fulton and Bradley Maples went to the Conference.
They went to the quarterly finals in Volleyball and Michael Beach received
a red ribbon in Indian Dancing.
1996 NOAC Lodge Patch
1998 NOAC Lodge Patch
2002 NOAC Lodge Patch
2002 National Order of the Arrow Conference
Arrowmen have attended every
NOAC since 1994. The 2002 NOAC was the last attended by Otena Lodge.
NOAC 2002 took place from July 27 - August 1, 2002 on the campus of Indiana
University at Bloomington. Approximately 7,000 Arrowmen attended the Conference.
The theme for the 2002 National Order of the Arrow Conference was “Test
Yourself and So Discover.” Arrowmen from Otena Lodge attending were
Joey Ellis, Kendal Teague, Jared Blair, and Alex Huse. Adult advisers were
Bob Rider, Pam Rider and Shirley Teague.
2002 National Order of the
Left to Right: Joey Ellis,
Jared Blair, Kendal Teague,
Left to Right: Robert
Pam Rider, Shirley Teague
|The days were filled with
attending a vast array of training cells and sessions designed to educate
Arrowmen with useful up-to-date information. All Arrowmen at the conference
had the opportunity to attend various sessions, take the training home
and use it to strengthen the Lodge and use it in their everyday life as
The OA Museum was visited
and offered 6,000 square feet of OA memorabilia and was a great place to
see not only the history of the Order, but of Otena Lodge and Camp Billy
Gibbons as well. An Otena Vigil lodge flap was donated by the lodge and
placed on the US map displayed in the museum.
The Otena contingent also
attended a religious assembly, Scout's Own Service with inspirational speaker
which was held at Indiana University Auditorium.
One of the favorite areas
was the Total Outdoor Adventure Place (TOAP) where participants tested
their physical strength and mental ingenuity. By far, the two favorite
events were the climbing wall and the mechanical bull riding. Other activities
included: learning about Leave No Trace camping, building teamwork through
the challenge events, orienteering, shooting, disability awareness and
its experiences, fly fishing, and meet the National Forest Service mountain
men. By the way, one of National Forest Service mountain men was Fred Atnip,
formerly of Comanche Trail Council. Chris Firth and Tim Price worked on
staff in the TOAP area as well.
Another interesting area
explored was the High Adventure Exposition where the latest technologies
and equipment for high adventure activities. Equipment manufacturers and
retailers displayed and demonstrated their latest products.
Patch trading was also a
favorite activity. NOAC participants interested in patch trading met at
IU Fieldhouse, near Assembly Hall. This was the place to be if patches
were your game!
The "Grand Hodag" was a super
charged activity with live music, food, and fellowship.
Of course, the nightly shows
were always entertaining. The opening show featured a parade of giant lodge
flaps of all the lodges in attendance. The Otena Lodge flap was carried
by Alex Huse. Other nightly shows included the History and Recognition
Show, American Indian Show, and the Closing Theme Show. Immediately following
the closing Theme Show on Wednesday night, NOAC participants were greeted
by members of the National Order of the Arrow Committee and National Boy
Scout Executive Staff who served ice cream outside Assembly Hall. NOAC
officially closed with an impressive fireworks display.
Ready to board the van
for a long trip to NOAC
Left to Right: Bob Rider,
Pam Rider, Alex Huse,
Shirley Teague, Kendal Teague,
Jared Blair, Joey Ellis
2002 -Dr. Pepper replica
of NOAC Otena flap.
Left to Right: Alex Huse,
Jared Blair, Joey Ellis,
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