New for 2016: Parnell STEM
Perhaps the biggest “new to Boxwell” in 2016 is the change at Camp Parnell. If you haven’t been following, Parnell’s last summer was 1998, which means that camp has basically been dormant for over 15 years! This year though, that status changed.
This summer Camp Parnell, or more specifically, the dining hall at Camp Parnell, reopened for Scouts. The dining hall has been re-classified as the Parnell STEM Center. For those who don’t know, STEM is the newest fad in the world of education and is an acronym for Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics. A STEM emphasis is designed to put training in fields that will most help students compete in 21st century society. For Scouting, this means the merit badges of Engineering, Digital Technology, Electronics and the like. (You can find the specifics behind the BSA STEM program here: http://www.scouting.org/stem/Awards/BoyScouts.aspx)
So, what does this mean for Parnell? The Parnell STEM Center is the dining hall transformed into a STEM Merit Badge center. There are four teaching areas and a conference space. The STEM Center offers merit badges in those mentioned above as well as Robotics and Nuclear Science (and more!). In many ways, the STEM Center is another way to attract older Scouts to what Scouting has to offer by using a dedicated space for those merit badges, not unlike COPE or the Boat Harbor. What is different is that there are computers everywhere!
The photos below give a glimpse of the STEM Center is like. There are lab coats for the Scouts. Kits to practice electronics. Little robots to program. Desktop Computers as far as the eye can see. And, of course, Parnell Dining Hall being used again for the first time since the summer of 1998.
As we’ve mentioned before, on our Facebook page, we do a weekly “Remembering the Staff” post, but we normally don’t here because we have all the staff photos posted elsewhere. However, 1976 is just too big a year to NOT comment on!
New for 2016
Just about every summer has something new at Boxwell. Sometimes it is a big change; sometimes it is something small and subtle.
This week’s photos are quite literally the newest additions to the Archives, added just last week after Staff Week ended. The two photos–one from Craig and one from Stahlman–both focus on the Archery Range and the “special guests” found there. For Craig, there is a bear and a cobra. For Stahlman, a bear, a hog, a turkey, and a Tyrannosaurus Rex!
It is possible these have been used in previous years, but this is the first time we’ve caught the change. It is an amusing approach to the merit badge!
Taking A Break
We’re going to keep it simple this week. Staff Week has just ended at Boxwell and Week 1 of Scouts is about to begin. Thus, this seemed like a good place to just post of photo of staff members after a long day of work.
These are Stahlman staffers, ca. 2000. Cory Younts is holding the dog, but we aren’t sure who the others are. Regardless, it is clear a hard day’s work has been completed!
Collection of Roman Reese.