NOAC 2022 - July 25 thru 30, 2022
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Thousands of Arrowmen from around the country will meet at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, next year for the 2022 National Order of the Arrow Conference. If you want to be one of those attendees, now is the time to sign up.
Registration opened this week for the flagship national Order of the Arrow event, which returns after the 2020 event was cancelled because of the COVID-19 pandemic. A virtual event called Momentum Launch was held instead.
“After months of cancellations, NOAC is the national event we all need,” Order of the Arrow National Chief Derek Porter says. “Now, the OA is coming back in full force. When we gather at UT next summer, it will be proof that our Scouting family can get through challenging times and come out stronger on the other side.”
Typically, the event draws about 8,000 Order of the Arrow members from every state. The 2015 conference, which commemorated the 100th anniversary of the BSA’s honor society, saw nearly twice that number. Organizers are expecting at least 6,000 attendees for 2022 conference, slated for July 25-30.
Since 1948, the modern NOAC has been held roughly every two years at a major university campus. The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, has hosted the conference in 1977, 1992 and 2000. Being at a university gives youth an opportunity to experience a college campus in a safe Scouting environment. Delegates will stay in the dorms for the week and will eat in the dining halls.
The conference features arena shows, national awards, competitions, training classes and a conference festival. Plus, there’ll be time for everyone’s favorite pastime: patch trading.
“NOAC is the pinnacle of OA events,” National Vice Chief Greg Brown says. “Seeing thousands of Arrowmen from all across the country gather together for the conference not only makes for an incredible week but also provides a renewed sense of purpose to guide our organization for the months and years to come.”