B-School Traditions: Duke's Campout

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Shortly after arriving on campus, MBAs at Duke’s Fuqua School of Business get a taste of what it’s like to be part of Duke’s Cameron Crazies student cheering section as they fight to secure coveted Blue Devils basketball tickets through an annual event for graduate students called Campout.

To earn a spot in the lottery for a chance to buy season tickets, groups of students camp out for 36 hours, from a Friday evening to Sunday morning in early September, in a campus parking lot and athletic field. Some sleep in tents and RVs, others in the back of rented U-Haul trucks. Periodically, teams must check in to prove they haven’t left. Failure to check in means disqualification and no basketball tickets.

Throughout the day and a half, various events are held including a silent auction, a DJ both nights, a “corn hole” bean bag toss tournament, and a video competition that makes use of the Vine mobile app. Also, on Saturday morning, Campout participants take part in one of 14 community service events at local chapters of charities like Habitat for Humanity, Ronald McDonald House, and Veterans Helping Veterans.

This year’s Campout was held Sept. 6 to 8. About 400 Fuqua MBAs registered to participate, and more than 300 completed it successfully.

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