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Order of the Arrow

The Order of the Arrow is a recognized official program activity of the Boy Scouts of America, intended to recognize those Scouts who best exemplify the Scout virtues of cheerful service, camping, and leadership.

Founded in 1915 by Dr. E. Urner Goodman and Carroll A. Edson at the Treasure Island Camp of the Philadelphia Council, just seven years after British General Sir Robert Baden-Powell invented scouting in the United Kingdom, the Order of the Arrow is the uniquely American "Honor Society of Scouting."

This recognition provides encouragement for others to live these ideals as well. Arrowmen are known for maintaining camping traditions and spirit, promoting year-round and long-term resident camping, and providing cheerful service to others.

OA service, activities, adventures, and training for youth and adults are models of quality leadership development and programming that enrich and help to extend Scouting to America's youth. The Cho-Gun-Mun-A-Nock Lodge is the local branch of the Order of the Arrow. The Lodge officially became a part of the Order of the Arrow in 1948.

2018 National Order of the Arrow Conference
Mon. July 30 - Sat. August 4, 2018
Indiana University, Bloomington, IN

The National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) is the premier event of the Order of the Arrow, and is Scouting's second-largest national event. Over 15,000 Arrowmen from across our nation gathered for an inspirational and unforgettable experience full of fellowship, training, adventure, and fun in 2015!

During NOAC, Arrowmen will participate in a six-day conference which includes top notch training sessions, cool recreational opportunities, evening shows full of theatrics and special effects, and exciting programs.

Arrowmen attend with our lodge contingent, or as a staff member supporting the thousands of Arrowmen attending the conference.

We are unsure of the cost at this time, but we want to start collecting deposits toward NOAC. We expect the cost of a youth to attend NOAC will be approximately $300-$400 per person, depending on the amount of money available in the Assist an Arrowman Fund. We expect transportation costs to be an additional $300-$400 per person.

Adults will be selected after we have determined the number of youth registered for NOAC. We can only send one adult for every 3 youth that are registered. If you want to be considered for a adult slot in the contingent, please register on the below link. The Lodge and Chapter leadership will be selecting adults for the contingent.

In 2015, we sent 37 youth and 12 adults to NOAC in East Lansing, MI, the home of Michigan State University. 2015 had the largest attendance in history because it was also the 100th Anniversary of the Order of the Arrow.

Adults and other youth that are unable to attend NOAC will be contacted about attending a special 3-day Mini-NOAC, being planned for August 1-3, 2018, in Dubuque.

You can register and pay a deposit for a youth, and register for consideration as an adult at the following website: http://www.hawkeyebsa.org/Event.aspx?id=1621.

More information to come as it becomes available. Check this page frequently for updates.

Mini NOAC

Wed. August 1 - Fri. August 3, 2018

Holiday Inn Dubuque/Galena, 450 Main St, Dubuque, IA 52001

The Mini NOAC event will again be held in 2018. There will be great fun, fellowship, and you may learn more about the Order of the Arrow along the way!

Mini NOAC will be geared to the following people:

  • Youth not able to attend NOAC
  • Adults not able to attend NOAC due to the 3-1 Youth-Adult ratio
  • Adults not selected by their chapter to attend as part of the NOAC Contingent
There are several ways to attend Mini NOAC:
  • Full Registration for all 3 days - includes hotel accommodations, all meals from Wednesday Lunch thru Friday Dinner, a T-Shirt, an event patch and a whole lot of FUN!!!
    • Adults - $300
    • Youth - $250
  • Registration for all 3 days - does NOT INCLUDE hotel accommodations
  • DOES INCLUDE Lunch and Dinner all three days, a T-Shirt, an event patch and a whole lot of FUN!!!
    • Adults - $200
    • Youth - $140
  • Daily Attendance - does NOT INCLUDE hotel accommodations
  • DOES INCLUDE Lunch and Dinner for the selected day, a T-Shirt, an event patch and a whole lot of FUN!!!
    • Adults - $80
    • Youth - $60
The cost difference for the Full Registration is because Adults will be assigned 2 per room, whereas the Youth will be assigned 3-4 per room, depending on the number of Youth registrations.

Requests for a Parent and a Scout to share a room will be accommodated, if possible.

There are several attractions available near the hotel, but this time we will not be pre-purchasing tickets. You will need to purchase the tickets yourself.

Nearby attractions include: (The below prices are for March 2017. Prices subject to change by August, 2018)

  • Grand Harbor Resort’s onsite Indoor Water Park
    • Adult - $18
    • Youth - $14
  • Mississippi River Museum and Aquarium
    • Admission Only
      • Adult (18-64yrs) - $15.00
      • Senior (65+) - $13.00
      • Youth (3-17yrs) - $10.00
    • Admission + Film Combo
      • Adult (18-64yrs) - $19.00
      • Senior (65+) - $17.00
      • Youth (3-17yrs) - $14.00
    • Total Experience (Admission + 2 films)
      • Adult (18-64yrs) - $21.00
      • Senior (65+) - $19.00
      • Youth (3-17yrs) - $16.00
For those not wishing to leave the hotel, there will be games, events, and fun at the hotel during free time.

You can register for Mini NOAC.

2018 OA Fall Conclave

6:00pm Friday, September 7th – 11:00am Sunday, September 9th, 2018
HHCSR - Camp Wakonda
4521 Boy Scouts Rd
Central City, IA 52214

Fall Conclave is the first opportunity for 2018 Ordeal Candidates to complete their Ordeal. Ordeal Candidates MUST attend Friday night of Fall Conclave in order to complete their ordeal.

Fall Conclave is also an opportunity for Ordeal Members to complete their membership in the lodge, if they completed their ordeal no later than 2017 Fall Conclave.

Fall Conclave is one of the opportunities to provide service to YOUR camp. Those completing their ordeal will be part of Clans that will have specific projects. For the rest of the conclave participants, you get to select your work project.

For all but the Ordeal Candidates, our cooks provide delicious meals that are the envy of most of the surrounding Scout Camps. Ordeal Candidates, don't worry, Saturday night's Cracker Barrel is a feast in your honor.

Fall Conclave Online Registration

Fall Conclave Registration Forms

2018 Fall Fellowship

Fall Fellowship is a fun event for new Ordeal members of the Lodge. If you completed your Ordeal at either 2018 Spring Conclave or 2018 Fall Conclave, you are invited to attend Fall Fellowship for FREE!

The LEC has authorized an additional opportunity to complete your Brotherhood. This will be a two-year experiment for Fall Fellowship 2017 & 2018.

You can register for the event on the Council Calendar by accessing the Fall Fellowship event.

Or, you can download the Registration Form and drop it off at the Council Office with your Registration fee.

Registration Notes

If you register ONLINE, please bring a copy of Parts A and B of your Health Form to turn in at Registration.

Fall Fellowship is planned as a fun event for new Ordeal Members who completed their Ordeal at either 2018 Spring Conclave or 2018 Fall Conclave.

There will be fellowship, fun and games, and a Q&A session with your current and elected leaders of the Lodge.

If you want to earn some Service Hours for your new Pink Card, you can attend Camp Service Day at Camp Wakonda from 8:00am-noon, and you will earn credit for every hour worked. Also, if you attend Camp Work Day, the Camp will provide you with lunch on Saturday.

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