The young men of Boy Scout Troop 46, based on James Island, saw their vision become reality this weekend at McLeod Plantation.
Last August, the then- fledgling troop decided to hold a weekend camp to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Boy Scouts this year.
The plan evolved into an invitation to troops from across the Lowcountry this weekend in a field at McLeod Plantation, which first needed to be cleared of brush and trash from Folly Road.
"We were all just at a meeting and someone, I think it was Jason, came up with the idea for it," recalls Robbie Lester, who had been considering quitting scouts until the event rekindled his enthusiasm. "I never dreamed it was going to be like this."
On Saturday, nearly 400 campers representing dozens of units of Boy Scouts, Webelos, Cub Scouts and other affiliates enjoyed an array of educational and recreational activities. Among them were scouting demonstrations; Civil and Revolutionary war re- enactors; music by the Folly Beach Bluegrass Society, the Red Top Ramblers and Sugar Hill; and the most anticipated event of the weekend, a big bonfire in the middle of the field Saturday night.
Al Rice, chairman of the James Island Scouting Centennial Celebration, said he thought the former owner of McLeod, the late Willie McLeod, would be proud of what was happening on his plantation.
"'Mr. Willie always wanted this field to be growing something," Rice said. "We may not have an agricultural crop here, but we are growing kids here today. We're growing our future leaders. And I think he would have liked that."