Commission to hold public Pathfinder Camporee forum in October

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GILLETTE, Wyo. — The Campbell County Commissioners have called for a public forum in October seeking comment on the 2024 International Pathfinder Camporee, an event projected to bring thousands of people to Gillette.

The forum will be held at the Cam-Plex Energy Hall Ball Room on Oct. 5 starting at 6 p.m., according to an Aug. 30 announcement, where every resident who wishes to comment on the event will be given two minutes to speak.

Representatives from the Campbell County Public Land Board, Parks and Recreation, Chamber of Commerce, Cam-Plex, Fair Board, the International Pathfinder Camporee, and the commission will attend the forum to answer public questions and to present information on the 2024 event, according to the announcement.

An electronic survey will be made available on Aug. 31 and will remain active until Sept. 14 in preparation of the public forum.

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The camporee is a major, six-day, international religious festival put on by the Seventh Day Adventist Church that plans on bringing 55,000 people to the community of Gillette in 2024 for six nights. The event, comprised largely of minors, will be closed to the public as attendees camp out at every available spot at the Cam-Plex.

The forum announcement comes less than a week after the land board approved both a memorandum of understanding and an event contract with the International Pathfinder Camporee during a special meeting on Aug. 24.

With the MOU, the City of Gillette and Campbell County will split the $1.5 million price tag for dirt work at Cam-Plex Park that will allow the Pathfinder Camporee to bring in their own portable amphitheater.

Previous versions of the MOU had the spending cap for the amphitheater dirt work at $1.7 million and included $600,000 in additional costs; however, that version had been removed and the cap reduced by the Campbell County Commission and later garnered support from the Gillette City Council, which passed a resolution in favor of either version.