CAM the Ram
About Our Mascot
Show your love for CAM!
CAM the Ram needs you to help keep his legacy and tradition going forever! A gift to the CAM Forever fund will underwrite CAM's daily care, Ram Handler support, and travel costs.
CSU's Official Mascot
Our beloved CAM has been a Colorado State University tradition for more than 60 years. Anyone who has been to a home football game knows that CAM is the center of every game-day experience. Whether it’s before the game welcoming fans at his trailer or celebrating in the end zone after a Ram touchdown, CAM is there! In addition to home games, CAM proudly represents CSU at other events throughout the year.
CAM is cared for by a group of student volunteers called the Ram Handlers. They are responsible for CAM’s daily care, training, and prepping him for public appearance.
CAM 101: The History of CSU Mascots
The University’s first mascots were famous pets on campus, including a dog named Peanuts from 1912-1918, and a black bear cub in 1919.
In 1945, the Colorado Agricultural College student body voted to call themselves Rams, and the first woolly mascot, a ram named Buck, made his debut at a basketball game against Denver University in January 1946. He was decorated with a blanket emblazoned with “Aggie Rams.” Buck even got to ride in an airplane round-trip to the game.
In 1954, CAM became the official mascot. President Morgan christened CAM the Ram during halftime at a Colorado A&M vs. Wyoming basketball game.
Ram Handlers are a team of distinguished student volunteers from majors all across campus who give their time to support CSU's most loved tradition. Ram Handlers trim and wash CAM, transport him to and from events, and run with him across the end zone at the notice of a cannon boom during home football games. But more importantly, they are interacting with alumni and Rams fans of all ages at events University-wide. They make photos with CAM possible; they're always at the ready with CAM facts should anyone ask; they're armed with information about the Alumni Association and upcoming programming at all of their events; and they help fans understand how they can support CAM by giving to the CAM Forever fund.
Ram Handlers are no longer accepting applications for the 2019/20 academic year. Please check back in the spring of 2020 for application details for the following year!
Invite CAM to your event
CAM the Ram and his Ram Handlers are available for official University events. To make a request, fill out the CAM appearance form.
Take CAM with you!
Download and print Flat CAM and take him with you on all your adventures. Tag @coloradostatealumni on Instagram and @CSUAlumni on Twitter to share your photos with the Ram family!
Facts about CAM the Ram
CAM is the official Colorado State University mascot.
CAM stands for Colorado A&M, the University's previous name.
CAM is a domesticated breed of sheep known as a Rambouillet.
CAM is cared for and trained by the Ram Handlers, a volunteer group of students.
CAM is supported by the Alumni Association and by donations to the CAM Forever Fund.
Sheep have 8 teeth on the bottom of their mouth (and none on the top!).
Sheep eat alfalfa, hay, grass, corn, oats, and other plants.
Sheep are ruminants – they have a four compartment stomach.
Sheep wool is flame retardant.
Official Sponsors of CAM the Ram
CAM the Ram is the official mascot of Colorado State University and is cared for by a group of student volunteers called the Ram Handlers.
Learn more about CAM the Ram. The CSU Bookstore is the Official sponsor of CAM and the Ram Handler program. Visit the Ram Zone stores in Fort Collins and Denver. All purchases at the Denver location directly support the Alumni Association.