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16 Arrowmen attend 2015 National OA Conference

11 youth Arrowmen and 5 adult advisers from Kaweah Lodge 379 joined over 15,000 youth and adults at the largest ever gathering of OA members at the 100th Anniversary National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC), held August 3 to August 8, 2015 at the campus of Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan.

This was the first NOAC contingent from Kaweah Lodge (Alameda Council) since 1994.  Our Arrowmen worked hard to secure the $1,150 per person needed to fly to Michigan and attend NOAC, where they stayed in the campus dorms and enjoyed cafeteria meals.  Each day from Tuesday through Friday included a full program.  At the close of the trip, they got to see local attractions in central Michigan before returning to California.

NOAC was a huge event, as always, with training courses for the participants in the morning, and various competitions in the afternoon involving sports, games, and Indian lore.  Every evening featured an evening show or outdoor activity involving virtually all of the 13,000 participants and 2,000 volunteer staff.  Most of our Arrowmen also enjoyed fellowship activities, including trading OA cloth patches with new friends from across the country.

Alameda Council wishes to acknowledge and thank Richard Christman, Michael Panos, Grant "Fiji" Bernart, and Michael Coustier for serving as contingent advisers and accompanying the 11 youth Arrowmen to NOAC, and also thank our Scout Executive Charlie Howard-Gibbon who served on the NOAC training staff and helped the contingent as a driver and occasional chaperone.

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