As 15,000 Scouts and Scouters meander Michigan State University, college students are bound to be wondering why so many friendly young people in Scouting uniforms and red and white sashes have taken over campus.
But any Arrowman can tell you exactly what’s happening at MSU. The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), marking the organization’s centennial anniversary, is bringing Scouts from all over the country together in celebration. Simulated ice climbing, epic obstacle courses, and mini zip lines are at work enthralling young and seasoned Scouters, alike. Together, members of Scouting’s honor society unite in brotherhood.
“I can honestly say Scouting has played a significant role in my development as a person and has really shaped where I want to take my life in the future,” conference youth leader Taylor Bobrow explained to Lansing State Journal. “The unity, the brotherhood and the excitement felt here during our national conference really gives us the energy to move forward until we gather again.”
The event began Aug. 3, and caps off Saturday. Daily goings-on are streamed live and archived on NOAC TV, ensuring even Arrowmen not in attendance can get in on the Order of the Arrow action.
While Scouts across the globe tune into the event remotely, the crowd with feet planted on MSU’s campus is the largest attending body in the conference’s history. With an opportunity to hear from BSA President Dr. Robert M. Gates and watch Chief Scout Executive Select Mike Surbaugh tackle the OAWarrior course, the event’s ability to draw a sizable Scouting crowd is not surprising.
Watch the video below to glimpse what’s happening at NOAC, and catch up on all that Arrowmen have to be excited about this week by heading to Bryan on Scouting.