John Bemis (jbemis@CASS.MA02.BULL.COM)
Mon, 8 Aug 1994 15:53:33 -0500
To all, this was my first NOAC and I was impressed. While there were
some opportunities to explore, the overall conference was very good.
Pachachaug Lodge 525 was extremely busy, everybody earned the "activity
pin" that was offered. Everybody left highly motivated and ready to get
on with running the lodge. We had 14 youth and 6 advisors (2 travelled by
car). The contingent had the lodge chief, both vice chiefs, ceremonies
comm chr, comunication comm + vice chr, council service comm chr, publication
comm + vice chr. Plus the adults were lodge advisor, both special advisors,
and a DE.
We arrived early, Saturday afternoon, took the time to explore the
campus, eat supper, patch trade, order pizza. On Sunday, more walking, church,
greeting the lodges as they arrived, etc. The contingent attrended the
opening show in spite of the crowd. I was impressed with the show, it
was a very definite Scouting values message that came across to me. I did
like the first "Jacks are Wild" with the dance recreation of a boy
elected and inducted into the O/A but the later scripts left much to
be desired with the exception of the final show. I attended the after
the show internet party over by the agitator. the scouts playing in the
water were from my contingent. they looked like otters playing not boys.
The DE, Mike MacDonald and I both enjoyed meeting all of you. (A note-
Jessianne, I did get the 2 flaps, thanks). We kept running into
each other for the rest of the week. Anyone want to trade patches?
Monday, we attended the classes. Two were exceptional, one was a
dud. The Pre-ordeal ceremonies team competed. They were nervous, and
picked up an enormous amount to information. They ranked 36th amoung the 90+
teams, not bad for the first time. The show on Monday night "Awards" was
Tuesday, we attended classes. The crowd split for the Indian Activities and the
Vigil Ceremonies. This is the first time we have ever had youth
attend the Vigil Ceremonies. On friday there is going to be a few changes
as we have our second Vigil night. Yhe IA part was very well received but
the dancing was marred by a thunderstorm. I was caught out in the TOAP area
under a tarp with Miss Teen USA. Not bad huh! The evening show was very
impressive with the competition on stage.
Wednesday, we attended classes. The NOAC man race was run, we didn't
ever hear the results, we had two running & swimming. The founders day events
was a great flea market. I helped over at the silk screen booth.
"Zeke" MacFarland. the NE Region Chief made the screen design. The supper
plan left me a little hungry. The evening show was very good. the fireworks
and ice cream social was great. we ordered more pizza!
Thursday, we went to the show. It was great! The transportation
called for us to leave at 1020 on the bus. The contingent voted to get their
own ride. We found a limo company that picked us up at noon and delevered us
to the airport by 1 for the 2:40 flight. Why BSA only had 12 buses to move us
all with people being forced to miss the last show was the problem. we
worked around it. we got stuck in Chicago without an airplane anyways! it
will be a trip to remember.
YiS, Jay Bemis
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