HAYS, KS -- Fort Hays State University's Gross Memorial Coliseum will soon be surrounded by more than 1,330 Boy Scouts during the 14th annual Howard/Wichael Memorial FHSU Campus Camporee on April 20, 21 and 22.
The campus camporee was first held in 1988 as a way for rural Boy Scouts without resources to meet with university professors and other contacts in an organized event focused on the acquisition of merit badges.
Since its conception, the camporee has grown in size and scope. This year, representatives from the Kansas Department of Wildlife and Parks, County Extension personnel, state foresters, and the city manager, in addition to several FHSU professors, will be available as instructors in comprehensive merit badge courses.
Participating Scouts will camp around the coliseum and attend any of the approximately 45 merit badge classes being offered.
This event is being sponsored by "Scouters for Scouting," a consortium of area adults and private funding.
Volunteers are needed for Saturday, April 21, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Persons interested in working any or all of this time are encouraged to contact June Howard at (785) 625-3171.