EAST LANSING, MI (WLNS) – They came in by plane, bus and cars. In total 15,000 boy scouts are invading MSU for a special conference and an even more special anniversary.
It’s not every day you find 15,000 boy scouts gathering in one place. The National Order of the Arrow Conference or NOAC as it’s called; MSU was the perfect spot to handle such a crowd.
“Right after we opened registration, we overflowed everything. We had way more people than we could ever expect to have here,” said Patrick Butchell, communication, NOAC.
The local economy benefits too Greater Lansing convention and visitors bureau tells 6 News that those not staying on campus are expected to use over 1,400 local hotel rooms and pump $3.5 million into the region’s economy.
The NOAC is boy scouts’ honor society and service organization.
It runs for a week and teaches scouts all about leadership, brotherhood and staying physically fit.
Elliott Gregg came in from Orlando. He’s looking forward to talking with others to keep his troop organized.
“The classes making sure we run lodges better down to the chapter level making sure it runs smoothly as well,” said Elliott Gregg, boy scout, Orlando, Florida.
The Centennial Anniversary brings scouts a special red sash and it also brings the largest crowd in conference history, twice as many who gathered three years ago at MSU.
The area’s charm is what brings them from the four corners of the country to East Lansing.
“The MSU staff is really great to work with and we had a great experience planning. We’re going to have a great experience here now that we kicked things off.”
With this many people on campus, police want to inform the public of the increase in traffic, especially around the Cherry Hill Park Area.