Noble Man Institute

1-6-noble-man-instituteNovember 8-10 & November 15-17 2019

Noble Man Institute is an exciting retreat-based leadership program for newly initiated members of Sigma Tau Gamma based on Kouzes & Posner’s book, “The Student Leadership Challenge.” Noble Man Institute is the Fraternity’s national new member development program and is often the first time that members interact with the National Fraternity. The Institute centers around our six Principles while bringing together alumni and undergraduate members of Sig Tau from across the country to develop leadership skills, expand knowledge of the fraternity, and facilitate team building. Undergraduates will participate in large and small group activities, including outdoor ropes course-based activities.

Noble Man Institute is, in part, funded by the Sigma Tau Gamma Foundation. Donations to the Foundation by generous undergraduates, alumni, and friends of Sig Tau make programs like this possible. We thank you for your support.

After attending Noble Man Institute, undergraduates can expect to:

  • Describe their personal values and the six Principles of Sigma Tau Gamma.
  • Explain the Five Practices of Exemplary Leadership and identify their highest practice.
  • Compare and contrast the difference between fraternal ideals and behaviors.
  • Articulate ways to make a difference in their chapter and community.
  • Describe a growth mindset and employ strategies to bounce back from failure.
  • Recognize the importance that Fraternity membership plays on personal development and lifelong success.
  • Create a vision for their self and their chapter to move towards the fraternal ideal.

Dates and Locations
This year, Noble Man Institutes will be held at four locations over two separate weekends, allowing each chapter maximum opportunity to support their newest members by sending them to Noble Man Institute.

November 8-10, 2019 – Ascend Camp and Retreat Center, Texas
*Primarily serving Arizona, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Kansas, Louisiana, Missouri, Nebraska, Nevada, Oklahoma, South Dakota, Texas, and Washington.

November 8-10, 2019 – YMCA Camp Mason, New Jersey
*Primarily serving Massachusetts, Maryland, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, and Pennsylvania.

November 15-17, 2019 – YMCA Camp MacLean, Wisconsin
*Primarily serving Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Michigan, Minnesota, and Wisconsin.

November 15-17, 2019 – YMCA Camp Greenville, South Carolina
*Primarily serving Alabama, Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, West Virginia.

Cost and Registration
The cost of the program is $65 per participant. Chapters can register participants by following the instructions listed below. Travel to and from the camp is the responsibility of the chapter/associate chapter.

Registration Directions:

  • Visit the Noble Man Institute Event Page on
  • Click on the “Registration” tab and read the instructions
  • Complete the form.
  • The chapter should register all of its participants using the form linked below.
  • HQ Staff will bill the chapter for the appropriate registration fees.
  • The chapter’s Director of Finance can choose whether to bill members or cover the fees using chapter funds.
  • Participants will receive a registration confirmation from HQ within one week of registration.

When can I register?
Registration for the 2019 Noble Man Institutes opened on Monday, September 23, 2019, and will close on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. The registration fee is $65 per member and includes meals, lodging, and materials.

Who can attend?
Participants must be newly initiated members of Sigma Tau Gamma during the 2019 calendar year (Spring ’19 or Fall ’19) to participate in this program. Registration is accepted on a first come first served basis with a maximum attendance of 60 participants per site.

Why should I attend?
Noble Man Institute has proven to be a highly engaging and beneficial program for our newest members of the Fraternity. By tracking attendance at Noble Man Institute and Webb Academy, we have found an increasingly significant correlation between attendance at Noble Man Institute and later serving on their chapter’s Executive Cabinet. By analyzing participant survey data over the past three years, we have seen overwhelmingly positive feedback. 97% of attendees say that Noble Man Institute is a great program and that they would recommend attending to new members of Sig Tau.

Comments from Past Participants:

“This program is amazing and is a must for all new Sig Tau members.”

“Amazing Institute that will create amazing leaders.”

“I had a great time. The experience was great, helpful, really informative, provided new and fresh info. I am a new member and the whole experience gives you a new point of view.”

“It was one of the best leadership camps I’ve attended.”

“It was an awesome time and I feel I’m a better leader because of what I learned and met a ton of brothers.”

“The Institute helped me focus my plans on what I need to become a better Sig Tau and further my chapter.”

What should I pack?
Participants should pack casual clothing, typically jeans and Sig Tau apparel. Pack jackets and outdoor attire or activewear along with tennis shoes. Saturday afternoon’s activities will take place on an outdoor challenge course. Toiletries, towels, a sleeping bag or linens, and pillow are also required as linens are not provided.

Accommodations and Meals
All Noble Man Institute sites are at camp facilities. Participants will bring their own linens or a sleeping bag and pillow. Lodging will be provided in heated cabin facilities. All cabins are equipped with bathrooms and showers. All meals during the program are provided. Dietary restrictions can be accommodated, but they must be communicated while registering for guaranteed accommodation.

As is the case with all national programs, transportation to and from Noble Man Institute is the responsibility of the participant. Noble Man Institute takes place at rural campsites which are usually over an hour drive from the nearest airport. Airport transportation will not be provided. All participants are strongly encouraged to drive to Noble Man Institute.

Ascend Camp and Retreat Center, Texas, is designated as a fly-in site. Any chapter needing to fly should attend this weekend. The camp is located 25 minutes from the Dallas/Fort Worth International Airport. Chapters are responsible for providing their own transportation to the campsite.

Additional Information
Noble Man Institute is a substance-free program. Members found in violation will be dismissed from the program, their chapter will be billed a $200 no-show fee per member, and the individual members will be referred to their chapter’s Standards Board.

Questions about Noble Man Institute can Sigma Tau Gamma HQ at