Achewon Nimat Lodge 282

Order of the Arrow

San Francisco Bay Area Council #28

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2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC)

NOAC Contingent Information:

2015 Contingent Chairperson - Jack Gillette,

2015 Contingent Adviser - Steve Kline - 510.584.6081,

NOAC 2015 Forms:

Centennial NOAC 2018 - Indiana University, Bloomington, IN:

The 2015 National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC) will be one of your most memorable Scouting experiences. NOAC 2015 will be held at Michigan State University from August 3 through August 8, 2015 and is projected to be one of the largest in the Order’s history with more than 12,000 Arrowmen in attendance.   The contingent travel dates though will be from Monday, July 27th until Monday August 10th.

NOAC will feature a number of unique events, including national competitions for ceremonies, drum, and dance; evening shows; the OA history museum; and awesome recreation competitions such as soccer, basketball, and ultimate Frisbee. Highlights such as the Founder’s Day festivities including the Founder’s Day Parade, the Grand Hodag, and the inter-Region dodge ball battle are some of the exciting events at NOAC.

Arrowmen can participate in service projects, high adventure opportunities, leadership training, American Indian Activities training, and much more. While enjoying the various activities, Scouts will have a great time meeting new brothers and sharing their experiences with people from around the nation.

Estimated Trip Cost:

The cost for the 2015 NOAC experience will be approximately $1,300.00. This includes; NOAC Fees, Transportation, Meals, Lodging, Chicago Touring, & Gino's Pizza Party in Chicago. Conferenceships are available for any youth attending.

Trip Dates (preliminary):

Leave Monday, July 27th, 2015 in the evening and return on Monday, August 10, 2015 late in the afternoon.

Trip Agenda (preliminary):

Monday, July 27              Leave Oakland Amtrak Station in the evening via the Coast Starlight route (destination Portland)

Tuesday, July 28             Leave Portland via the Empire Builder route (destination Chicago)

Thursday, July 30            Arrive Chicago, stay at Hostelling International Chicago

Saturday, August 1         Tour Chicago, have dinner at Gino’s Pizzeria

Sunday, August 2           Tour Chicago, Leave Chicago via the Blue Water route (destination East Lansing, Michigan & Michigan State University)

Monday, August 3           NOAC starts

Saturday, August 8         NOAC ends

Saturday, August 8         Leave East Lansing via the Blue Water route (destination Chicago)

Saturday, August 8         Leave Chicago via the California Zephyr route (destination Emeryville)

Monday, August 10         Arrive Emeryville Amtrak station late in the afternoon

Train Route: Red Line (going) - Oakland to Chicago / Blue Line (return) - Chicago to Oakland:

Train Route (Getting There) – Amtrak Coast Starlight & Empire Builder:

Route - Oakland to Portland

Travel Time – about 17 hours

Widely regarded as one of the most spectacular of all train routes, the Coast Starlight links the greatest cities on the West Coast. En route daily between Oakland and Portland, the Coast Starlight passes through Sacramento, Redding and Eugene.  The scenery along the Coast Starlight route is unsurpassed. The dramatic snow-covered peaks of the Cascade Range and Mount Shasta, lush forests, fertile valleys and long stretches of the upper Sacramento River provide a stunning backdrop for your journey.

Route – Portland to Chicago (via Glacier National Park)

Travel Time – about 45 hours

Traveling daily between the Pacific Northwest and Chicago along major portions of the Lewis and Clark trail, Amtrak's Empire Builder provides the perfect way to experience the rugged splendor of the American West.  The mighty Empire Builder takes you on an exciting adventure through majestic wilderness, following the footsteps of our early pioneers. From Portland we’ll have spectacular views of Mt Hood and Beacon Rock as we pass through the Columbia River Gorge towards Glacier National Park and the Big Sky Country of Montana.  Along the way we’ll have magnificent views of the Gassman Coulee Trestle, the North Dakota plains, the Mississippi and see the skyline of Minneapolis and St. Paul before arriving at Chicago’s Union Station.

Chicago Touring and Gino’s Pizzeria:

We’ll spend Saturday in Chicago touring the city and then cap off the day with dinner at the original Gino’s Pizzeria.  Established in 1966 by two taxi cab drivers and a friend, Gino’s is the standard for deep dish pizzas and is visited by local Chicagoans’, celebrities (such as Achewon Nimat Arrowmen) and people from around the world.

Train Route (Getting Back) – Amtrak California Zephyr:

Route – Chicago to Emeryville

Travel Time – about 51 hours

Experienced travelers say the California Zephyr is one of the most beautiful train trips in all of North America. As you climb through the heart of the Rockies, and further west through the snow-capped Sierra Nevada’s, you may find it hard to disagree.  The Zephyr runs daily between Chicago and Emeryville following much of the same route as the transcontinental railway completed in 1869 by the Central Pacific and the Union Pacific Railroads.  Coursing through the plains of Nebraska to Denver, across the Rockies to Salt Lake City, and then through Reno and Sacramento into Emeryville.  Scenic highlights include the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada’s, Moffat Tunnel, Colorado's Gore, Byers and Glenwood Canyons, Winter Park, Truckee River Canyon, Donner Lake, San Pablo Bay and the Carquinez Strait where it crosses the only double-tracked steel railroad bridge west of the Mississippi.

Bill Parker NOAC Conferenceship Fund:

Achewon Nimat Lodge working with the Council Development Department, established the Bill Parker National Order of the Arrow Conferenceship fund in 2011. Bill passed away in 2010 and this conference fund was setup to recognize Bill’s passion for NOAC and his years of service to Scouting and the Lodge. The purpose of the fund is to provide monies toward a youth’s participation in the National Order of the Arrow Conference. Preference will be given to an Arrowmen attending his first NOAC.

The administrators of the Parker Conferenceship fund will be authorizing a special version of the 2015 NOAC contingent patch to be given for each $25 donation received from a youth and each $50 donation received from an adult. The monies for this patch come from a separate donation and not from the lodge.  Click here for the donation form.

Map and Directions to 2015 NOAC (Michigan State University) - East Lansing, Michigan:


From Interstate 80

1.  Start Driving or take the Train East about 2400 miles.


Copyright © 2006-2017 Achewon Nimat Lodge 282, San Francisco Bay Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, All Rights Reserved

1001 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA  94577-1514, (510) 577-9000  |  Site Map  |  Site Info and Policies  |  Contact Webmaster

National Order of the Arrow Conference (NOAC)

Reservation/Application Form

Lodge Conferenceship Form

Coast Starlight Route Info

Payment Coupons

Parker Conferenceship Form

Empire Builder Route Info

Travel Agenda

NOAC Promotional Flyer

Blue Water Route Info

Uniform & Equipment info

NOAC Training Sessions

California Zephyr Route Info

Map of Michigan State University

Chicago Touring Agenda

Tracking our Trains

Contingent Schedule