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Recreation

Embark on unforgettable adventures and create lifelong memories in our Recreation category, where you can unwind, have fun, and connect with nature through a variety of exciting outdoor activities and leisure pursuits.

SCUBA Experience

Ready to discover the thrill of breathing underwater? Don’t miss the “try dive” experience! Join us for an introductory SCUBA adventure where you’ll learn the basics of diving and plunge into CU Boulder’s buffalo-shaped pool. All you need is your swimsuit and a towel. Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday sessions start every 30 minutes and last 1 hour. Sessions require preregistration but there may be limited capacity for walk-ups on a first come first serve basis.

Escape Rooms

Embark on an adrenaline-fueled journey into the heart of excitement with our array of captivating escape rooms. Each room offers a unique, immersive experience that challenges participants to unleash their inner sleuths. Whether you’re deciphering codes in a high-stakes espionage mission or unraveling the secrets of a pharaoh’s chamber, every twist and turn promises an exhilarating test of wit, agility, and teamwork. With themes ranging from nuclear meltdowns to treacherous mine expeditions, there’s an escape room adventure for every thrill-seeker. Dare to enter, and let the adventure begin!

Mountain Bike Boulder

Discover why Boulder is renowned as one of the nation’s top biking destinations with our exhilarating bike excursion! Begin your journey on campus, then pedal your way through Boulder and into the picturesque foothills. Prepare for an afternoon filled with adventure as you tackle incredible mountain bike trails, soak in breathtaking views, and enjoy endless fun amidst the natural beauty of the area.

Chess Tournament

Prepare to engage your intellect and test your strategic prowess at the NOAC 2024 Chess Tournament. This prestigious event brings together chess enthusiasts from across the country for a battle of wits unlike any other. This is an open program that does not require pre-registration.

Flatiron Hike

Embark on an unforgettable adventure away from the hustle and bustle of NOAC with an epic hike in the Flatirons! Starting at Chautauqua Park, you’ll be greeted by breathtaking views as you traverse this exhilarating 3-mile trail. Prepare to be challenged by a steep climb of approximately 1500’ during the first half of the hike, then revel in the satisfaction as you conquer the ascent and begin your descent back downhill to complete the loop.

Jeopardy Tournament

Think you know your OA knowledge? Put it to the test during this team style OA Jeopardy competition to find out which lodge knows the most about the OA. This is an open program that does not require pre-registration.

Fairway Fiesta

Hey there! Get ready for a blast at the Fairway Fiesta, the coolest event at the National Order of the Arrow Conference Mini Golf Tournament! It’s not just about golf; it’s about hanging out with awesome folks, laughing, and maybe even winning big. We’ve got some seriously fun courses lined up, full of twists, turns, and surprises. Whether you’re a pro or just starting, this is your chance to shine and maybe even snag the title of Mini Golf Champion! So come on, join us for a day of fun, friendly competition, and memories that’ll last a lifetime. See you at the Fairway Fiesta!

Kingpin Bowling Tournament

Get ready to roll with the King Pin Bowling Tournament at the National Order of the Arrow Conference! Calling all bowlers and enthusiasts alike – it’s time to lace up your bowling shoes and aim for greatness at the most anticipated event of the conference. The King Pin Bowling Tournament will be an evening of strikes, spares, and spirited competition that will have you feeling like royalty on the lanes. Whether you’re a seasoned pro or a casual bowler, this tournament is your chance to showcase your skills and vie for the title of King Pin Champion! With lanes set up to accommodate bowlers of all levels, everyone has a shot at glory. But it’s not just about the pins – it’s about the camaraderie, the laughter, and the memories made with fellow Arrowmen. So gather your teammates, don your bowling shirts, and prepare for an unforgettable fun and friendly competition. Will you rise to the occasion and claim victory, or will the elusive perfect game slip through your fingers? There’s only one way to find out – join us at the King Pin Bowling Tournament and bowl your way to greatness at the National Order of the Arrow Conference!

Video Games

Need to get in your gaming fi x? Enjoy playing video games from a wide selection and compete against your fellow Arrowmen. No pressure, just fun! This is an open program that does not require pre-registration.

Mascot Madness

Welcome to the electrifying arena of Mascot Madness at the National Order of the Arrow Conference! Prepare yourselves for a spectacle like no other as mascots from across the nation gather to compete in an epic showdown of spirit, skill, and sheer entertainment. From the majestic to the whimsical, these larger-than-life characters are ready to dazzle the crowd with their antics, dances, and signature moves. As the drums pound and the cheers roar, the energy in the air is palpable, pulsating with excitement and anticipation. Join us as we witness the magic of Mascot Madness unfold, where every flip, twirl, and high-energy performance brings us one step closer to crowning the ultimate champion. So rally behind your favorite mascot, let your spirit soar, and get ready to be swept up in the frenzy of Mascot Madness at the National Order of the Arrow Conference!

NOAC's Got Talent

Welcome to the electrifying stage of “NOAC Has Talent”! Performers from far and wide converge to showcase their extraordinary talents. From dazzling singers to mesmerizing dancers, from awe-inspiring magicians to hilarious comedians, tonight’s stage is set to ignite with creativity and passion. As the spotlight awaits its next star, anticipation hangs thick in the air. Who will captivate the audience with their artistry? Whose performance will leave us breathless with wonder? It’s a night of dreams, where talent knows no bounds and the journey to greatness begins with a single step onto the stage. So, sit back, relax, and prepare to be amazed as “NOAC Has Talent” unfolds before your eyes. Let the show begin! This is an open program that does not require pre-registration.

Community Service Projects

Welcome to Operation Community Service, a cornerstone event of the National Order of the Arrow Conference! As stewards of our communities, we recognize the importance of giving back and making a positive impact wherever we go. That’s why we invite you to join us in lending a helping hand to the Boulder, Colorado, community. Scheduled for Tuesday to Thursday afternoons, these projects typically last around 1 hour, allowing you to make a tangible difference while still enjoying the conference’s myriad activities. Together, let’s embody the spirit of brotherhood and service as we come together to support and uplift the Boulder community. Sign up today and be a part of something truly special at the National Order of the Arrow Conference’s Operation Community Service!

Survivor Challenge

Welcome to “The Challenge” at the National Order of the Arrow Conference – where adventure meets opportunity, and every obstacle is a chance for growth and triumph. Step into a realm of excitement and discovery, where Arrowmen of all ages are invited to push their limits, unlock their potential, and embrace the spirit of adventure. From heart-pounding challenges to strategic puzzles, The Challenge offers a dynamic blend of physical activity and mental agility that will test your limits and push you to new heights. Gather your lodge and rally your teammates as you navigate through a series of thrilling obstacles, daunting tasks, and exhilarating adventures. But remember, in The Challenge, it’s not just about finishing first – it’s about teamwork, strategy, and perseverance. Will you rise to the occasion, conquer the challenges, and emerge victorious, or will you fall short in the face of adversity? This is an open program that does not require pre-registration.

Via Ferrata and White Water Rafting: Mt. Blue Sky

Start your day by rafting the continuous, steep Class IV section of Clear Creek known as Upper Clear Creek. It’ll have your heart racing all morning. After a quick lunch break, head to the cliff side for a mountaineering excursion! The Via Ferrata is a combination of traversing the cliff side, rappelling, and concluding your trip by ziplining back down to our outpost. Spend your day venturing through the mountains with this thrilling combo of activities.

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE 15+ AND HAVE A SIGNED SAFETY WAIVER AND SWIM TEST ATTESTATION TO PARTICIPATE.

Ziplining and White Water Rafting: Jungle Bridge and Upper Clear Creek

Start off the day on a cliff side zipline tour. With six exciting lines and additional features such as the Jungle Bridge, this is a can’t-miss Colorado adventure! Finish off with an exciting 450-foot line running directly over Chicago Creek. After lunch, it’s time to raft the exciting and technical whitewater of the Upper Clear Creek rafting! Starting high in the canyon, there’s just enough time to warm up before you drop into the fi rst class IV rapid. You’ll encounter 30 major rapids on this 8-mile trip, dropping an incredible 1,300 vertical feet. This continuous, steep, technical section will keep your paddle moving and your heart thumping as you crash through pulsing Class IV rapids.

ALL PARTICIPANTS MUST BE 15+ AND HAVE A SIGNED SAFETY WAIVER AND SWIM TEST ATTESTATION TO PARTICIPATE.

If you are looking for more information on how to register for an event, we recommend viewing the Program Registration Guide.