It was meant to be a fun trip to the country for inner-city children. Instead, a lawsuit claims, it degenerated into racially motivated emotional and physical abuse.

The Kiwanis Club of Memphis, Tenn., which sponsored the camp trip for 80 children, and the Boy Scouts of America are being sued for $15 million.The lawsuit says the children were forced to eat charred wood from a camp fire, drink lake water and were left unsupervised in the woods at Kia Kima Scout Reservation in Hardy. It says the July 1997 abuses were racially motivated; most of the Memphis campers are black and the camp officials white.

Kiwanis Club executive director Joy Foshee said the allegations were found to be false.

"It was looked into by both the Boy Scouts and the Kiwanis. We found out that there was nothing that happened," Foshee said.