It’s time to discuss one of the great mysteries for the modern staff member: what in the world is that thing in Craig basement? We don’t have a photo of this particular location in its heyday, so you’ll have to use your imagination. Remove the chairs and the cots and the mattresses and you have Camp Craig’s original indoor rifle range.
The range was part of the original set up for Camp Craig. The structure remaining in the back of the basement was basically an “indoor berm.” The angled metal wall would deflect the bullets into a sandtrap below after the shooter had fired through the target, which was hung off the red wooden frame. The numbers denote the positions for the shooters: 8 Scouts could fire at a time. You’ll notice on the concrete blocks on the wall there are little round brown circles–the last remains of the sound proofing, which were essentially old cardboard egg cartons. Further back on the floor are the red lines denoting where the shooters would be positioned.
The indoor range was eventually replaced by the current Dan Maddox range in the mid-1980s. Tom Willhite got the new range built as part of an unofficial, quasi-capital campaign he quietly ran to upgrade facilities at Boxwell in the early 1980s. By Craig’s opening for 1986, the outdoor range was open and has been in use ever since.
A mere ten years ago brings us the staffs of 2010. Hugh Travis was Council Executive and Carl Adkins was the Reservation Director. The Reservation had just celebrated its 50th Anniversary and had grown quite a bit over the previous ten years, especially in Camp Light in what is now known as the High Adventure Area.
Camp Stahlman was led by Danny Waltman as Program Director and Steve Eubank as Camp Director. At Camp Craig, Ian Weir was Program Director and Tony Turner was Camp Director. CubWorld was led by co-Program Director Jake Jones and Jody Looper and Camp Directors Lee Kashdan and Lindsey Sublett. And there is a slew of reservation programs! COPE was led by Nic Jared, the Boat Harbor by Michael Allen, the Shotgun Range by James Bryant, the NRA Light Rifle Program by William Bridgers, and the Pool by John Kasper. Steve Belew was the head ranger.
We have staff photos for Craig, Stahlman, CubWorld, Administrative Staff, and the Pool staff. All by John Kasper.
The Millennium staff of 2000 had a lot going on! Joe Long was now Council Executive and Ron Turpin was Reservation Director. Because of the 1994 Capital Development Campaign, the Boat Harbor was now back in full force and Murrey had been transformed into CubWorld. Parnell however was closed and would never again see the light of day as a resident camp.
Stahlman was led by Program Director Andy Verble and Camp Director David Williams. Camp Craig was led by Program Director Michael Salazar and Camp Director Carl Denton. COPE was led by Lance Ussery and Bill Freeman was the head ranger. Both the leadership of the Boat Harbor and CubWorld have, unfortunately, been lost to history.
Shown here is a full Boxwell staff (entire reservation) photo as well as a Stahlman Staff Photo and a Craig Staff photo. All taken by John Kasper (we think).
Thirty years ago brings us to the year of 1990. In 1990 Scouting dropped Skill Awards and moved back to rank requirements. Hershel Tolbert was still Council Executive and Tom Willhite was still Reservation Director.
Stahlman’s Program Director in 1990 was Brent Limbaugh with Larry Green as his Camp Director. At Camp Craig was Jerry Barnett as Program Director with Greg King as Camp Director. Parnell was closed for the next two summers. The Boat Harbor was still closed, but COPE now existed and John Hickman was its Director. Camp Murrey was still alive and run by Christy Willhite. And yes, Pearl Schleicher was still running the kitchen!
We have staff photos for Stahlman and Craig for 1990, both taken by Business Manager Russ Parham.
Forty years ago was the summer of 1980. Hershel Tolbert was Council Executive and Tom Willhite was now in his 5th year at Reservation Director. The red staff hat was now part of Staff life. Everyone was happy to get back to normal in 1980 as Stahlman was closed for the first and only time in 1979.
Ernie Ragsdale moved to Stahlman as Program Director after having spent the previous year at Camp Craig. At Parnell, Perry Bruce served as the Program Director. Camp Directors was professionals Doug Clevinger (Stahlman) and Buff Groth (Parnell). Craig was built, but closed. The two year rotation with Parnell had begun. The Boat Harbor was closed, COPE had not yet been built, and Camp Murrey still existed, run by Gladys Roberts.
Seen here are both the Stahlman and Parnell Staff photos for 1980. Both taken by Russ Parham.