The Virtual Museum

Special Exhibits

While the Permanent Exhibits section provides you a general overview of Boxwell and how the camp has worked, the Special Exhibit section focuses on, well, special exhibits! Here you will find a more detailed look at the reservation's past, or more appropriately, slices of the reservation's past.

Given the nature of these exhibits, there are two things to keep in mind. First, this section of the museum will be a work-in-progress. As time goes by more special sections will be added. Second, just like a real museum, as time goes by, some exhibits will be rotated off. After all, if they stayed forever, they would be permanent, not special!

The first special exhibit focuses on the 1959 Capital Development Campaign that built Boxwell at Old Hickory Lake. Most people know that the reservation opened in 1960, but very few are aware of the history behind the opening and how it came about. This exhibit will explore the plans, the development, and the opening ceremonies of Boxwell's 1960 opening.

The second special exhibit focuses on the now defunct Camp Murrey. For most staff members and Scouters today, Murrey has never existed. However, Murrey was part of the original Boxwell at Old Hickory Lake and its history deserves some exploration. This exhibit will look at what Murrey was and how it operated. It is, in short, a look back at a different world of Scouting.

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A Working Farm

From its opening until 1976, Boxwell was not only a Boy Scout resident camp, but was also a working farm. Tobacco was grown on the backside of the reservation in fields now encompassed by CubWorld. Cows were kept on Explorer Island. There were even pigs!

Historically speaking, Scout camp was looked at as a venture that would lose money. Thus, to offset the costs of Scout camp, the reservation sold off tobacco, milk, and pigs. Indeed, at the end of the summer, Staff would actually help with these processes!

Of course, having your camp be a farm led to some interesting scenarios. Sometimes the cows got out. There are tales of cow patties on Parnell's porches awaiting the camp in the morning. There are also quiet stories of staff members who rode around on the hood of cars, chasing cattle at night!


1959 Capital Campaign


Camp Murrey


Parnell 1993

Parnell 1993

The Staff Hat Project

Parnell 1993