CAM the Ram’s Story
CAM the Ram is the official animal ambassador of Colorado State and is cared for by a group of student volunteers called the Ram Handlers. The Colorado A&M student body voted to call themselves “Rams” in 1945, the college’s diamond anniversary. The first woolly ram, named Buck, made his debut at a basketball game against Denver University on Jan. 11, 1946. “The senators spruced up the ram they’d chosen and presented Buck to the college,” reported the Silver Spruce yearbook. “He was greeted with wild applause, and served as a spirit booster the rest of the basketball season. He attended each game faithfully, escorted in style. Truly a loyal Aggie.”
President Morgan officially named our animal ambassador CAM the Ram – for Colorado A&M – during halftime at a basketball game versus archrival Wyoming in 1954. CAM has been a steady spirit booster ever since, still escorted in style by student volunteers.
Your gift to the CAM Forever fund will underwrite CAM’s daily feeding and care, Ram Handler support, and travel costs.
Invite CAM to Your CSU Event
Please submit this request form for events. Contact the Alumni Association for more information.
Take CAM with You
Download and print Flat CAM and take him on all your adventures. Tag @coloradostatealumni on Instagram and @CSUAlumni on Twitter to share your photos with the Ram family!
Upcoming CAM Appearances
CAM’s Birthday Party
Sat Feb 4 10am-12pm
CSU Rec Center
Ram Handlers participate in CAM’s training and care, transportation to events, sharing CAM’s story with Rams fans of all ages, and traditions such as his sprint across the end zone during home football games. The Alumni Association, which supports CAM and manages the Ram Handler program, encourages students from any and all majors and backgrounds to apply.
Applicants must be currently enrolled at CSU and able to commit a minimum of one year to the program. Previous animal handling experience is not required, and students from all majors may apply. A Ram Handler’s mission is to actively promote CSU through working with CAM the Ram and will engage with University constituents, model the Principles of Community, and uphold the tradition of CAM the Ram.
Applications for students interested in becoming a Ram Handler for the 2023-2024 school year will be available on this website March 1, 2023.