GILLETTE (WNE) — An international Christian youth gathering that in the past has drawn more than 55,000 people will be held in Gillette in 2024.
The International Pathfinder Camporee, an event put on by Seventh-Day Adventist churches that happens every five years, will take place at Cam-plex in August 2024.
For the last few months, Campbell County Convention & Visitors Bureau and Cam-plex staff have worked with the International Pathfinder Camporee to move its event to Gillette.
Jessica Seders, executive director of the visitors center, said the event could have $25 million in economic impact, and it will be the largest event Campbell County has ever hosted, attracting more than 50,000 people from more than 100 countries.
It has previously been held in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, since 1999.
Pathfinders is similar to a coed Scout club, and it’s organized by local Seventh-day Adventist churches. The clubs earn merit badges, learn outdoor skills, go camping, learn Bible knowledge and have fun being involved in community service projects.
Jeff Esposito, general manager of Cam-plex, said the events facility “is perfectly able to ramp up and host a group of this size.”
“This decision is a testament to our community and its ability to not only draw large international events with our world class facilities but our commitment to support one another for the good of our community,” Seders said in a press release.