From the Archives, April 26, 2020

The Last Reunion

The last Staff Reunion was held in 2014. Indeed, the Staff Reunion in 2014 was the 5th such reunion with the others occurring in 1983, 1989, 1999, and 2009. The 2009 Reunion was the only one that wasn’t organized by a core group of staff alumni and the only one not held during summer camp.

Most all of the Reunions have followed a similar format, trying to recreate a day at camp. The idea has been that with former staff members returning with their families, the former staff may want to give their children and spouses a taste of what their lives were like, including shooting sports, boating, and some sort of dinner and campfire program. The 2014 Reunion was unique in that it also had an archiving dimension: it had a station to record camp stories and a station to scan old camp photos. You can read up on the previous reunions here: http://www.virtualboxwell.org/staff_reunions.php.

The patch seen here was designed specifically for the 2014 Reunion. It utilizes a map of the Old Hickory Boxwell and the Boxwell Reservation design originally created by Public Relations master Chuck Creasey. It listed the names of all the camps at Old Hickory Boxwell, but not the previous Boxwells themselves. The design was used as a patch and a t-shirt for the 2014 Reunion. In fact, the design was popular enough that a slightly modified version became the design for the 2019 Staff hat.

So, why promote this particular patch this week? Because the 2021 Reunion is right around the corner. This Reunion will celebrate the centennial of Boxwell–ALL the Boxwells. And later this week, we’ll start our drive to find former staff members in order to have the biggest staff reunion ever. We hope you’ll join us in our efforts. See you in 2021!

Reunion Patch

2014 Staff Reunion Patch

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