21 photos from the first-ever Scouting 500 in Kansas City

More than 12,000 Scouts turned up at Kansas Speedway last weekend for the inaugural Scouting 500. The final results: Everyone in attendance had a high-octane weekend they’ll never forget.

As this positive story in the Kansas City Star explained, Scouts could have “ridden a zip line, raced go-karts, flown remote-control helicopters, climbed rock walls and learned about welding, carpentry, archery and more.”

But seeing, as they say, is believing. So check out 21 photos from the event, courtesy of Heart of America Council Marketing Director Matthew Armstrong.

I gotta say, it looks like these Scouts had a life-changing experience that reminds them why they joined Scouting.

Some Scouts found their way through the Meltdown
Some Scouts found their way through the Meltdown
How many Scouts flipped for the Fling Thing
How many Scouts flipped for the Fling Thing
Smiles all around on the zip line
Smiles all around on the zip line
Let the jousting begin
Let the jousting begin
Fencing anyone?
Fencing anyone?
Climbing with casts...No problem!
Climbing with casts…No problem!
The Olathe Fire Department may have found a future firefighter
The Olathe Fire Department may have found a future firefighter
Ready to Race! Event Chairman, Scott Boswell, Emcee, Christa Dubill, and Scout Executive, Kenn Miller
Ready to Race! Event Chairman, Scott Boswell, Emcee, Christa Dubill, and Scout Executive, Kenn Miller
Falcon Skydiving Team helps kickoff the Saturday night festivities
Falcon Skydiving Team helps kickoff the Saturday night festivities
STEM provides an out of this world experience for one Scout
STEM provides an out of this world experience for one Scout
Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, teaches proper shooting techniques at the BB gun range
Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, teaches proper shooting techniques at the BB gun range
The Beechnutz put on an impressive show in the sky
The Beechnutz put on an impressive show in the sky
Malaysian Scout leader Ms. Ping Ying Choo and Gill Clay, grandaughter of Baden Powell
Malaysian Scout leader Ms. Ping Ying Choo and Gill Clay, grandaughter of Baden Powell
Back from Antarctica, Alex Houston speaks to fellow Eagle Scouts at the Royal Gathering of Eagles
Back from Antarctica, Alex Houston speaks to fellow Eagle Scouts at the Royal Gathering of Eagles
The writing is on the wall. This graffiti is encouraged
The writing is on the wall. This graffiti is encouraged
Full speed ahead...One of the most popular activities had to be the go kart track
Full speed ahead…One of the most popular activities had to be the go kart track
A patriotic start to a busy Saturday
A patriotic start to a busy Saturday
Scouts learn disability awareness during wheelchair basketball
Scouts learn disability awareness during wheelchair basketball
Making it to the top of the climbing tower...No problem
Making it to the top of the climbing tower…No problem
BSA NASCAR driver, Scott Lagasse Jr., greets Scouts during the pre-race flag parade
BSA NASCAR driver, Scott Lagasse Jr., greets Scouts during the pre-race flag parade
An impressive Saturday night fireworks finale
An impressive Saturday night fireworks finale

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      • Open to all Scouts & Scouters; even former Scouts could have visited and reconnected. Webelos could camp with a Troop or their Pack. Other Cubs could have family camped with their Pack or just come on Saturday as a day visitor.

        The next one will not occur until 2018. It is planned to be an event every 4 years just like the National Jambo or International Jambo.

      • Tina it was for all programs and their leaders. It was a blast. I believe the council is planning on one every four years, as this was two years in the making.

        • No planning on a Scouting 500 every 4 years but some big Heart of America wide council event like this is my understanding. They kind of liked how the 2010 100th celebration went and wanted to do some big council thing more often.

    • It was for both. It was pretty cool. They had a Boy Scout camping area and one for Cub Scout so that they could “family camp” since that is all Cub Scouts below Webelos can do.

  1. Bryan – looks like SHACJam, the Sam Houston Area Council celebration of 100th anniversary of scouting, back in summer 2010. Did you do a report on that?

  2. My family all had a great time. I also got my Wood Badge beads awarded to me by Gill…which was super cool. 🙂

  3. My oldest was there, he says it was “the best ever” he did the zip line, but didn’t weight enough o get all the way down so they had to pull him by his feet to the end. But he did it. Most proud 7 year old on the planet.

  4. This looks like a really cool event with a variety of activities. However, some things appear to violate G2SS – zipline without a helmet, fencing, gocarts.

  5. The Scouting 500 was the coolest, most awesome event EVER!!! Thanks to everyone who worked relentlessly to make this event so spectacular.

  6. Yes, this was planned and develop for Scouting of today with lots of activities kids -simply can’t get anywhere else- certainly not all at one place, at one time. Scouting is definitely in sync with kids today, while at the same time offering the time honor activities that Scouting is so well known for. This council “jamboree” aka, “jam” will be offered every four years by the Kansas City Scout Council, which is well known as one of the best across the country

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