Throwback Thursday: Scouts Camp like it’s 1999

A tent with a view: scouts pitched tents on the lawn at McGuire Nuclear Station for the 1999 encampment.
A tent with a view: Scouts pitched tents on the lawn at McGuire Nuclear Station for the 1999 encampment.

Since 1988, thousands of young men have visited McGuire Nuclear Station for the annual Duke Energy Boy Scout Encampment. What initially started out as a small gathering of 50 scouts at McGuire, has now turned into an overnight event hosting hundreds. Through a partnership with Duke Energy, troops have the opportunity to pitch a tent under the stars on the nuclear station’s lawn, like those pictured above from 1999. The following day, scouts earn their nuclear science merit badge, which has been at the core of the program since the encampment’s inception.  

28 years later the program is still going strong. McGuire Nuclear Station will welcome 575 members of the scouting community tomorrow for the kick-off of this year’s encampment.