2009 NOAC Updates

Posted on 01 January 2009 by Dan


Just received the latest OA National Events Information Newsletter, if you haven’t subscribed to get these valuable updates, you can subscribe to the National Events Information Email List.

Here are the highlights:

NOAC 2009 Will Be Theme Driven
The 2009 NOAC will be the first National Order of the Arrow Conference to be driven by a theme. The theme, “The Power of One”, will be worked into every aspect of NOAC including the shows, training, communications, and recreation.

Deposit Due
There is a $100 deposit due March 1, 2009 for all NOAC participants and staff.

NOAC Contingent Fundraising Workbook
The National Events Promotion Team and the NOAC Communications Committee has put together a comprehensive guide for fundriasing for the 2009 NOAC. Use the NOAC 2009 Fundraising Guide to ensure cost is not a barrier for your Arrowmen to attend NOAC.

Arrowmen Conservation School
According to the newsletter, the “Arrowmen Conservation School (ACS), a new program at the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference, is designed to provide lodge and section-level youth officers with the knowledge and training required to develop and execute a localized ArrowCorps project.”

Each contingent will be able to nominate a three member team (two youth & one adult) from their lodge to attend ACS. To attend, an Arrowman must have participated in an OA High Adventure experience (OA Trail Crew, OA Wilderness Voyage, OA Ocean Adventure, or ArrowCorps5).

Concierge
There will be a Concierge Staff at the 2009 NOAC. According to the newsletter, “the Concierge Staff is part of the Order’s focus on better customer service for NOAC guests. The Concierge Staff will assist lodge contingents in resolving unexpected issues that contingent leaders may encounter after arriving at Indiana University which cannot be resolved through ordinary channels.”

New Health Form Available Now
This is the statement that was in the newsletter. The second paragraph makes it sound like the new Annual Health and Medical Record is the only health form that will be accepted.

The National Office of the Boy Scouts of America has developed a new and comprehensive medical form. This form will replace the current BSA Medical forms. In the past, the Medical Staff for the National Order of the Arrow Conference has required that everyone attending the conference have a current BSA Class 3 Medical Form. This form needed to be completed within 12 months prior to attending the National Order of the Arrow Conference.

As you prepare for the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference you will need to make sure that you use the correct medical form. The new form is available on the NOAC registration website [LINK – https://registration.oa-bsa.org/guides/documents/Medical_34605.pdf ]. All other forms will not be accepted at the conference. Please download the form and complete it with your medical provider. Please make sure that the form has all of the appropriate signatures.

Are you planning on attending the 2009 National Order of the Arrow Conference?

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4 Comments For This Post

  1. Dissatisfied Says:

    Anyone who’s scoutlike should write a letter to National Council saying that there discriminating against our scouts and leaders who may be a little on the heavy side… There should be no weight limits in scouting… I thought scouting was for everyone…. Looks like National threw that rule out the door with these forms!! I hope this causes a big uproar for change!!

  2. Dan Says:

    To be honest, I have a feeling the new form requirement will be removed for the 2009 NOAC. I have a feeling someone jumped the gun a bit, since the old forms are valid until 2010. Its a tad unreasonable to make this decision and announce it for the first time in Jan 2009, since everyone going would have to get in to see their doctor within 7 months. (and that is if they all found out about it this month)

  3. Francis Montry Says:

    The new health form disciminates. Their height/ weight chart or BMI way of determining fitness was invented around 1840 while studying social physics. It is intended to screen whole populations, not individuals. Through numerous studies and clinical research, many highly respected organizations have proven that BMI is not a reliable indication of health. The two most obvious examples of this unreliability are highly muscled individuals who are very fit and healthy that may have a heavy body weight because muscle weighs so much more than fat placing them in the overweight or obese categories. Likewise, thin individuals who have a low body weight with very little muscle and a tremendously higher percentage of fat may have a normal BMI, which would be an incorrect indication of healthiness.
    In 2004, research published in the official journal of the American College of Sports Medicine stated that in most cases studied, the BMI did not accurately reflect the subject’s percentage of body fat. The issue with BMI is that the same criteria are used across the board when in reality there are numerous circumstances that are not taken into account. Specifically, BMI does not distinguish between body fat and muscle mass. Joshua Ode, Ph.D., Michigan State University stated this exact point when commenting on BMI, “whether you’re an athlete or a 75-year-old man, all the same cut points are used.” Another of the circumstances that impact the reliability of BMI is the subject’s heritage. Studies conducted by McMaster University, Duke University, Michigan State University and California University all show that BMI thresholds are significantly inaccurate base upon the racial heritage of individual groups. On average BMI numbers drastically underestimate health risks in people of South Asian, Chinese and Aboriginal descent while at the same time overestimate the risk in people of African American and South Pacific descent.
    Salim Yusuf, Ph.D., National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute states, “Many of us now realize that body mass index is a very poor measure of adiposity – how fat you are – and how much health risk you face. BMI is a tool best used at home to get a person’s attention but for true health markers a person needs numerous tests including waist size, blood cholesterol levels and blood pressure.” With so much agreement in the scientific community concerning the unreliability of BMI, I ask you why the BSA would enact such stringent rules for their membership. Furthermore, there is no exaggeration in the use of the word stringent as a review of the BSA BMI compared to the U.S. Army BMI requirements shows a difference of only 8% in the allowable numbers. The BSA truly feels that their 100% volunteer leadership should be within 8% of the same “fitness” levels of the men and women who train daily, work in harsh environments and are deployed to combat war theaters? Isn’t this asking a bit much?

  4. Response to medical form Says:

    In the new medical form as referenced above in a comment by Dissatisfied, it is said that there is a weight limit on scouting. This section is only “recommended” by the national council mainly to use as a guideline for Philmont, Sea Base, and other high adventure events that require physical fitness. These rules have always been in effect for these high adventure trips but have never been established/published in one of these documents. Hopefully this clears up any problems you had before.

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