Snipe Hunting at Linton, 1927
It is nice to know that the more things change, the more they stay the same. So, if you’ve ever wondered to yourself how far back snipe hunting goes, well, at least until 1927!
The article here is the second week of camp at the Linton Boxwell in 1927. The Nashville Banner ran the story from the camp scribe Thomas “Tommie” Anderson. “Walter” in the first paragraph is Walter Whittaker, the camp cook. Also, understand that the Linton Boxwell experience was closer to a modern camporee than it was to modern Boxwell Reservation.
As you can see, half the article is about introducing the new boys at camp to the camping experience. There were about 80 boys in camp that week, 60 of whom were Scouts who were staying for a second week. It was the 20 newbies who were being hazed here. Still, as the rest of the article intimates, it was all in good fun and everyone came together for the group sporting events in the afternoon. Still, as different as Linton seems from Old Hickory, it is nice to see that snipe hunting is a time honored Scouting tradition!
“Snipe Hunt Thrills Camp Boxwell Scouts,” Nashville Banner, June 30, 1927, pg. 7