Some 400 campers will put up tents at McLeod Plantation, lock arms around a bonfire Saturday night and sing "We Are The Champions" as part of a celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Boy Scouts in the United States.

Each camper will toss an item on the fire symbolizing the first century of the Boy Scouts. A light and laser show will follow.

"We are proud of Scouting. It's been a good thing over the years," said Al Rice, committee chairman of the James Island Scouting Centennial Celebration.

Tents already are going up at the plantation field the scouts cleaned, cleared and mowed. By the weekend, 25 campsites will be visible to the thousands of motorists who travel past the location daily.

On Saturday, the public is invited to help mark the centennial at an event that includes Scouting demonstrations, Civil and Revolutionary war re-enactors, vendors and music by the Folly Beach Bluegrass Society, the Red Top Ramblers and Sugar Hill.

The Scouts did an extensive cleanup of the field that makes up about half of the 30-acre plantation at Folly Road and Maybank Highway, Rice said. Tires, fast-food wrappers and beer bottles were among the refuse collected in more than 50 bags of trash, he said.

"The property was actually in poor repair because it was covered in litter," Rice said. "It was just a lot of garbage."