Camp Parnell Updates
We’ll continue our Boxwell updates this week. This week’s change is another that is critically important, but also is not super “sexy.” Still, there will be a few out there who will be happy about this! As the new STEM program grows at Camp Parnell, updates needed to be made. So, two big improvements this summer, though neither of them photograph very well!
The first photo demonstrates a very simple fact: Parnell Dining Hall has water again! No more port-a-potties at the STEM Center. The other issue that has now been resolved is cooling. No more ceiling fans; new air conditioning units have been put in to the dining hall as well.
Is Parnell back up and completely operational again? No. But having the dining hall back in fundamental working order is a huge step!
“With the Scouts,” July 10, 1921
Throughout the 1920s and into the 1940s, the local newspapers ran sections specifically about Boy Scouts. These went under various names, such as “With the Scouts,” as seen here, or “Boy Scout News” or something else. The Tennessean gave a whole page for several years called “The Nashville Scouts’ Own Page.” The news was similar: council news, yes, but predominantly Troop news. After all, writing articles was part of what a Scribe did!
Here is an article from July 10, 1921. The second part is some troop news (rather brief this week), but the first part is about Boxwell. Indeed, this article is discussing what the very first week at the very first Boxwell was like…
“With the Scouts,” The Nashville Banner, July 10, 1921, pg. 14
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!
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