From the Archives, May 21, 2017

Waste Water Treatment Facility

(We apologize for the late posting; we had some weather issues!)

As the 2017 camping season approaches, it seems like this might be a good time to show some of the changes that have gone on at the reservation over the last year. Not all of these changes are “sexy,” but some were entirely necessary.

The biggest change in terms of scope, cost, and “un-sexiness” is a new waste water treatment facility. Located right next to the original facility on the road down to the Boat Harbor (the fenced area is the old treatment plant), the new facility is considerably larger and no longer allows any kind of waste to empty into the lake. The next time you visit Boxwell and you notice that the grass up around the Cripple Crab is especially green, well, now you know why!

Waste Water

The new treatment facility between Stahlman and the Boat Harbor. To orient yourself in the photo: directly ahead in the fence is the old treatment plant, to the right is Stahlman, to the left is the Boat Harbor, and behind is the Boat Harbor Maintenance area.

From the News, May 17, 2017

Boxwell is THE camp

We’ve mentioned before how “back in the day,” the Council had more than one Scout camp.  There was Camp Fisher in Manchester.  There was the African American camp.  There was a camp for Clarksville troops too.  There were also LOTS of one week encampments that various troops called “camp.”  And, of course, there was Boxwell.

In 1932, the Executive Committee committed to centralizing council camp operations, thus essentially making Boxwell THE Council camp.  Other camps would be recognized as council encampments, but the Council’s efforts would push toward the central camp.

“Boy Scout Camps,” The Tennessean, Sunday, April 10, 1932, pg. 17

Boy Scout Camps, 1932

From the Archives, May 14, 2017

Camp Graffiti 2

After last week’s response to the staff graffiti, we thought we would post some more! Who knew graffiti would be so popular?

While most graffiti at Boxwell is simply listing names of a particular area staff for a given year, sometimes it gets a bit more elaborate. There are always artists on the camp staff and camp graffiti gives them a chance to let their flags fly!

So, this week is some more art from the Stahlman Handicraft. This is a work by Alex Cox, who worked both Stahlman and Craig staffs (primarily Stahlman) beginning in the mid-1990s, before ending his run as Stahlman Commissioner in 2002.


Baden-Powell graffiti, the handiwork of Stahlman Staff member Alex Cox, late 1990s, early 2000s.

From the News, May 10, 2017

C. M. Cooper Heads Negro Boy Scouts

Charles M. Cooper is probably a name you haven’t heard of before, but in 1943 he was appointed Field Executive of Nashville Council’s Negro Boy Scout Troops.  As you can see from the article, he had a strong background in Scouting and had been involved in the Council for some years.  As you can also see from the article, “Negro Scouting” is not a particularly large part of the Council with only nine active troops under Cooper’s supervision.

“C. M. Cooper Heads Negro Boy Scouts,” The Tennessean, June 27, 1943, pg. C-10.

Cooper Heads Negro Scouts

From the Archives, May 7, 2017

Camp Graffiti

If you’ve worked camp staff, you’ve seen camp graffiti. In fact, you’ve probably participated in created graffiti.  For the most part, Boxwell graffiti is harmless stuff. Generally, it is nothing more than camp staff members literally leaving their marks. Sometimes a staff will all sign a wall or the inside of a door. Over the years, there have also been pieces of furniture that have been covered with staff names as well. Believe it or not, much of this graffiti has been lost as furniture is destroyed or walls are painted over and the process begins anew.

There are still plenty of examples left though! This week’s photo is a message from Stahlman Trading Post Staff member Will Gentry. While there are other names here, it is Gentry’s message to the future that truly resonates with the camp staff experience.

If you can’t make it out, here are Gentry’s words: “To Absent friends, This is my home, and there is no other place like Camp Stahlman[.] Take my advice, enjoy it while it last’s [sic]. My most fond memories have come from this place. You don’t know what you have till it’s gone. Cherish the time you spend here, for one day you miss it and theres no place like Camp Stahlman.”

Stahlman Graffiti

Trading Post graffiti message from Will Gentry.