About 11,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders from the Kansas City area gathered in eastern Kansas to celebrate the Boy Scouts' centennial.


 About 11,000 Boy Scouts and adult leaders from the Kansas City area gathered in eastern Kansas to celebrate the Boy Scouts' centennial.

The gathering, organized by the Boy Scouts' Heart of America Council, began Friday and ended Sunday. Organizers said it took almost two years to put together the event, one of the country's largest Scouting anniversary celebrations.

The campout included an entertainment stage, a scouting midway and four large camp areas serving as bases for Boy Scouts and Cub Scouts from 19 counties. It was held at a Scout-owned field near the organization's Camp Naish in Bonner Springs, according to The Kansas City Star.

Sean Fowler, whose father, Dwight, is a troop scoutmaster, said the Boy Scouts taught important skills.

"In school, they teach you how to prepare for the work world, and you just kind of absorb it," said Fowler, of Independence. "Here you learn by doing things. You've got nature, and it's quiet at night."

Activities at the gathering ranged from geocaching, rock climbing, field sports, scuba demonstrations and climbing monkey bridges. Younger Cub Scouts took part in a human foosball game, vegetable bowling and tomahawk throwing.