On This Day, July 28

On this day–Friday, July 28, 1961–the Crippled Crab was dedicated. Built after Boxwell Reservation at Old Hickory Lake opened in 1960, the Crab was funded primarily by the Nashville Kiwanis Club. The dedication began at 6:45pm that evening and including a family outing at the reservation. As the story goes, the building’s unique designed necessitated having a model brought on site so the builders could see how the awkwardly shaped administrative office was supposed to look.

Crab Construction
The Construction of the Cripple Crab in August 1961.

Want to learn more about Boxwell history? Buy the first Boxwell history book, For the Good of the Program, available for pre-order until August 31, 2021 here: https://mtcbsa.doubleknot.com/event/a-century-of-middle-tennessee-scouting-at-boxwell-1921-2021-book-pre-order-cc120/2832417

100th Anniversary Reunion Gatherings

All former Scouts and Scouters are invited to join us for the Scouting Alumni Reunion to celebrate the 100th Anniversary of the Middle Tennessee Council (MTC). On Saturday, September 25, 2021 the MTC will host an Alumni Reunion gathering as part of the Council 100th Anniversary Jamboree at Boxwell Reservation. The Alumni Reunion is opportunity for Scouts and Scouters from across generations to come together for friendship and fellowship and to celebrate Scouting. The reunion will take place at the Order of the Arrow Lodge at Boxwell from 1:00 pm-4:00 pm and will have a different theme every half hour. Each theme will include a short presentation. You are welcome to attend as many sessions as you like. A schedule of the themes is listed below.

Wood Badge Alumni (1:00 – 1:30)
Eagle Scout Alumni (1:30 – 2:00)
Boxwell Camp Staff Alumni (2:00 – 2:30)
Order of the Arrow Alumni (2:30 – 3:00)
Silver Beaver Alumni (3:00 – 3:30 )
Executive Board Alumni (3:30 – 4:00)

We hope to see you there to reminisce about old times while seeing Scouting in action today.

Questions? Contact Linda Carter, Assoc. Development Director at lcarter@mtcbsa.org

REGISTER here: https://mtcbsa.doubleknot.com/event/100th-anniversary-jamboree-reunions-cc657/2633215

For the Good of the Program Pre-Order

For the Good of the Program: A Century of Middle Tennessee Scouting at Boxwell, 1921-2021

Have you ordered your history of Boxwell yet? The book contains history on all four Boxwell locations, maps, photos, and stories.

On reader of an early draft commented, “I will say that even though my family and I have no history with scouting, I found it to be a highly engaging exploration of how various moments in U.S. and local history during the last century are reflected through the lens of a local youth organization such as scouting.”

The book is available for pre-order until August 31, 2021 here: https://mtcbsa.doubleknot.com/event/a-century-of-middle-tennessee-scouting-at-boxwell-1921-2021-book-pre-order-cc120/2832417

From the Archives, July 25, 2021

Aerial Boxwell Repost Round-up

There are still several “repost round-ups” we’d like to do before the year is over. So many themes to explore! For this week though, we thought we’d take to the air!

Over the years, we have posted several aerial images of Boxwell. This week, we combine them all into one big post. Today an aerial photo of camp might not seem like that big a deal what with drones. But for most of Boxwell’s history, getting a good aerial photo was gold. Enjoy!

“LIBERTY” from the Bicentennial Muster in 1976
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2021/04/02/on-this-day-april-2/

Narrows of the Harpeth, 1938
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2017/11/19/from-the-archives-november-19-2017/

Rock Island from 5000 Ft
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2019/03/24/from-the-archives-march-24-2019/

On This Day, July 9–the first aerial photo of Old Hickory Lake Boxwell on July 9, 1960
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2021/07/09/on-this-day-july-9/

“LIBERTY” from the Bicentennial Muster in 1976
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2021/04/02/on-this-day-april-2/

Buried Cars (Behind the Compound), 1978
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2015/11/29/from-the-archives-november-29-2015/

Camp Murrey, 1978
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2015/05/03/from-the-archives-may-3-2015/

See Rock City, 1991
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/08/17/from-the-archives-august-17-2014/

Assortment of Aerial Photos
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/02/23/from-the-archives-february-23-2014/

More Assorted Aerial Photos
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/02/16/from-the-archives-february-16-2014/

Still More Assorted Aerial Photos
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/02/09/from-the-archives-february-9-2014/

Parnell from the Air
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/01/26/from-the-archives-january-25-2014/

Stahlman from the Air
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/01/19/from-the-archives-january-19-2014/

CubWorld and Boat Harbor from the Air
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/01/12/from-the-archives-january-12-2014/

Reservation from the Air
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/01/05/from-the-archives-january-5-2014/

Boat Harbor by Drone, 2017
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2017/08/13/from-the-archives-august-13-2017/

Our very first aerial photo we ever published… The Crippled Crab, 1972
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2012/09/16/photo-of-the-week-september-16-2012/

Aerial Reservation
Boxwell Reservation from the air. Camp Craig is in the foreground with Explorer Island to the right

Want to learn more about Boxwell history? Buy the first Boxwell history book, For the Good of the Program, available for pre-order until August 31, 2021 here: https://mtcbsa.doubleknot.com/event/a-century-of-middle-tennessee-scouting-at-boxwell-1921-2021-book-pre-order-cc120/2832417

The Passing of Frank Arias

The VirtualBoxwell Team is sad to announce the passing of Frank Arias. Frank had served on the Boxwell staff from 1982 to 1985. He began his run at Boxwell as Stahlman’s Kitchen Director. At the end of that summer he joined the ranger staff as an Assistant Ranger for Willie Claud. He remained until 1985 when he moved on to other projects. Frank was a Vietnam Veteran, a Little League coach, and a Scoutmaster.

Frank Arias passed away July 22, 2021. He was 75 years old.

Information on visitation and funeral services may be found here: https://www.alexandergallatin.com/obituary/Frank-Arias