Of course they went. Captive audience. If I was a Boy Scout at a jamboree and the President, whoever it was was coming, I’d be standing there too.
Something to do. No matter how many activities are at a camp, it can get boring, so you do whatever “the thing” is.
If it was the President of Merck or Uber the crowd size would have been precisely the same.
But if it was Gabe Newell, it’d be twice the size. Cheap shot but he’s super-rich and makes it off the backs of kids so I don’t feel bad.