From the Archives, November 29, 2015

Buried Cars

While we have covered this in the Stories and Legends section of the Primer, we felt like this particular story required another visit–with a limit more detail.

For those of you who don’t know, there has long been a story passed down through the years that behind the compound there are several cars buried. It seems outrageous to even consider, but as it turns out, the story is true. In an interview in September 2002, Tom Willhite explains how this could be.

“Back in the ‘60s and ‘70s, you could get equipment at Ft. Campbell. You could get sedans. When I first started in Scouting in 1964, the council had a bunch of ’56 Chevrolets that were passed down from one DE to another. You know, they were Army surplus and [the Council] would get ‘em. They’d be in good shape. Didn’t have a whole lot of miles on ‘em. Old ’56 Chevrolet. They were not air conditioned, but one DE would sell it to another DE for a hundred bucks and the title was in the Middle Tennessee Council. So, we’d use it; I used one when I first started in Scouting in ’66, or ’64. I had a ’56 Sedan I used for a while until we started using lease cars… Eventually, all the old cars, we quit using ‘em. We would take ‘em behind the compound and park ‘em. Take parts off of ‘em, sell to people, parts off of ‘em…

“So, when I get there [as Reservation Director] in ’76, along in ’77 or ’78, I decide to start getting rid of that junk. So I sold [the junk] to a guy, with the Scout Executives’ permission, for $4000. He worked on [the pile of junk] for months, getting it out of there and finally he said, I don’t want no more of it. So, I sold [the junk] again to another guy for fifteen hundred dollars. And he got all he wanted. Oldman Construction company was always doing bulldozer work for us. So, we brought a bulldozer in, dug a big hole, smashed all those things and pushed them in the hole and buried them. All that stuff is buried behind the compound.”

The photo here is by Michael Seay. It is an aerial of the compound (and the back of Woodbadge) taken in 1978. You can see the road down to the dump (the large cleared area near Woodbadge Pond). The cars were buried up closer to the compound itself.

Buried Cars, 1978

An aerial photo of the compound from 1978. The dump, Woodbadge Pond, and the Crab are all visible. It is the cleared area closer to the compound that the cars are buried.

From the Archives, November 22, 2015

The Field Trials

Even for those who have worked at camp for years, there are still hidden places at Boxwell. One of these hidden treasures are the Field Trial Ponds.

When you enter the Reservation, immediately to the right in the fields before you come to the road to Akers Cabin/Fehrmann Training Center, you will find the Field Trial ponds.

These were not natural ponds, but were built in the early years of the Reservation, as you can tell from the raised embankment in the photo. The area was stocked with fowl and for many years in the 1960s, Ward Akers and other “big wigs” would bring out their dogs to train them in flushing out fowl.

Hence the name, “Field Trials.”

Field Trials

One of the abandoned field trial ponds found in the fields upon entering the reservation.