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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

How many Scouts flipped for the Fling Thing

Smiles all around on the zip line

Let the jousting begin

Fencing anyone?

Climbing with casts...No problem!

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

Falcon Skydiving Team helps kickoff the Saturday night festivities

STEM provides an out of this world experience for one Scout

Miss Kansas, Theresa Vail, teaches proper shooting techniques at the BB gun range

The Beechnutz put on an impressive show in the sky

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

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

A patriotic start to a busy Saturday

Scouts learn disability awareness during wheelchair basketball

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

An impressive Saturday night fireworks finale

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Bryan Wendell, an Eagle Scout, is the senior editor of Scouting and Eagles' Call magazines. You can read more of his posts at blog.scoutingmagazine.org

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