Last month’s Scouting 500 at Kansas Speedway welcomed 13,000 youth and adults to one of the largest Scouting events of the year.
Everyone in the Heart of America Council family was invited: Cub Scouts (and their families), Boy Scouts, Varsity Scouts, Venturers, Sea Scouts and Explorers. This was the second Scouting 500 ever; I blogged about the first back in 2014.
From Sept. 22 to 24, packs, troops, teams, crews, ships and posts camped alongside other units from their district. Campsites were conveniently located just outside the 1.5-mile tri-oval race track.
All the fun was found inside the tri-oval. The place was packed, with more than 150 different activities spread among 15 program venues known as “Pit Stops.”
The Pit Stops, like the Scouting movement as a whole, offered a diverse set of experiences young people couldn’t find anywhere else.
But seeing’s believing, right? So here are 17 photos that show how the Scouting 500 kicked fun into high gear.
1. Scouts fulfilled their need for speed.
2. Scouts played firefighter for a day.
3. Scouts had plenty of time to be goofy.
4. Scouts breathed underwater.
5. Scouts camped with their families.
6. Scouts raced on the BMX track.
7. Scouts zipped down the zip line.
8. Scouts experienced life as an astronaut.
9. Scouts met Miss Kansas.
10. Scouts saluted members of our military.
11. Scouts reached new heights.
12. Scouts hit the target.
13. Scouts got a surprise in the skies.
14. Scouts saw a real race.
15. Scouts demonstrated athleticism.
16. Scouts hung out with Venturers.
17. Scouts met the lieutenant governor of Kansas.
Thanks to Matt Armstrong, the council’s senior marketing director, for the photos and info.