Snipe Hunting at Linton, 1927
It is nice to know that the more things change, the more they stay the same. So, if you’ve ever wondered to yourself how far back snipe hunting goes, well, at least until 1927!
The article here is the second week of camp at the Linton Boxwell in 1927. The Nashville Banner ran the story from the camp scribe Thomas “Tommie” Anderson. “Walter” in the first paragraph is Walter Whittaker, the camp cook. Also, understand that the Linton Boxwell experience was closer to a modern camporee than it was to modern Boxwell Reservation.
As you can see, half the article is about introducing the new boys at camp to the camping experience. There were about 80 boys in camp that week, 60 of whom were Scouts who were staying for a second week. It was the 20 newbies who were being hazed here. Still, as the rest of the article intimates, it was all in good fun and everyone came together for the group sporting events in the afternoon. Still, as different as Linton seems from Old Hickory, it is nice to see that snipe hunting is a time honored Scouting tradition!
“Snipe Hunt Thrills Camp Boxwell Scouts,” Nashville Banner, June 30, 1927, pg. 7
Pop Culture and Camp
Popular Culture has always had a large influence at Boxwell. This makes sense. As it is young people who tend to make the program work, popular culture tends to be a big part of their interests!
Songs are one of the easiest examples. If you ever sung a television theme song like “Gilligan’s Island” or “Brady Bunch,” that’s pop culture. We’re fairly certain “The Saturday song” comes from the 1975 film Jaws. Ever sung “Log!”? It comes from a cartoon, Ren and Stimpy. But there are other examples as well. Star Trek and Star Wars spoofs have appeared in various forms. This week’s photo shows a running skit at Camp Craig in 2004: The Dukes of Hazzard. As you can imagine, it involved the vehicles shown and catching bad guys around the flag pole.
On top of the truck as “Daisy Duke” is Aaron Patten. The standing middle row from left to right is Cole Cunningham, Randy Coats, Caleb “Cookie” Campbell, Maurice McClure, and Tim Ratliff. On the ground is Jason Flannery, Michael “Cub” Gregory, and Morgan “FrenchY” Gerville-Reache. Believe it or not, three of these young men go on to be Program Directors; one is the current Reservation Director!
Based on today’s interview with Andrew Whitt, some brief corrections were made to the Stahlman leadership history for the 1980s and 1990s. Clearly still some holes in the 1990s, so if you can help, let us know.