Hundreds of Boy Scouts gather in Marshall Co. to watch the eclipse

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MARSHALL CO., Ky. (WKYT) - Hundreds of Boy Scouts gathered in Marshall County to camp out ahead of Monday's eclipse.

Along the banks of Kentucky Lake, the scouts are set up for a full summer camp experience capped off by the rare opportunity of viewing the total solar eclipse.

Older scouts stepped up to the rife range Sunday, while younger scouts launched beans out of slingshots for displays of marksmanship.

While the kids are having fun, on Monday, everyone's sights will be on the sky for an educational experience.

"I don't think I've seen an eclipse in general at, so this is my first eclipse and it's my first eclipse and it's a total eclipse," said Ted Veterano, 9, from Louisville.

Scouts from across the state are at Camp Roy C. Manchester including Venturing Crew 73 out of Lexington.

"One of my favorite things about camping is getting to see sunsets and sunrises, and I've heard that just before totality or just before, it's going to be like a 360 degree sunset and I think that's going to be really awesome," said Ryan Wharton of Venturing Crew 73.

The large group in Marshall County is not only learning but also advancing.

"Boy Scouts worked on Astronomy merit badge, Engineering merit badge, Inventing and Energy merit badges. Cub Scouts worked on their science tracks to get their rank advancements," John Baker, Eclipse Chair Event Chair said.

One ambitious troop even plans to launch a weather balloon carrying an array of cameras to capture totality.

"Hopefully, we can see the shadow of the moon cast upon the earth, like from 100,000 feet. That's going to be some incredible photos you get to see there," said Matthew Begin of Troop 1, from Jeffersonville, Indiana.

Keeping with the space theme, the scouts launched more than 200 model rockets ahead of the eclipse.

"Even though we're going to have another one come through in 2024, many of the kids here now might not see that, so the teaching moment is the fact that we're all a part of this big solar system that we have, " said NASA Solar System Ambassador Ken Alderson.

While most of the scouts are from Kentucky, a few of them went the extra mile driving as far away as Las Vegas, Nevada for a chance to see the total solar eclipse.

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