Boxwell Greats: Larry Green
There is no single individual who has been as connected with Boxwell Reservation at Old Hickory Lake as closely as Larry Green. His family lived close to the Reservation and thus had close ties to the property from the beginning. His mother often prepared the birds caught at the dog trails and his brother Punkin and his uncle Bill both served on the early ranger staff. At about 16 years of age, Green started working at Boxwell too, mowing the grass, working on vehicles, and helping with the farming operation, summer work he continued from 1966 to 1969.
After graduating college, Green joined the ranks of the Scouting professionals in August 1971. He was the District Executive for Central District, which is today mostly the Nashboro District. Green came on right as the 1972 Capital Development Campaign was gearing up and helped his district to raise their goal. He also got to serve for the first time as Camp Director in 1974 at Camp Parnell, working with Program Director Steve Eubank. It is important to note that Green was DE when not only a “papering troops” (making up false troops to inflate the membership numbers) scandal broke nation-wide, but when the Akers investigation exploding, leading to close scrutiny of the records. Green area’s was squeaky clean, but it was quite an introduction to professional Scouting! Still, looking to move up, Green left Middle Tennessee briefly for a joint Scouting-US Department of Human Relations opportunity in 1976 with the Twin Pines Council. Unfortunately, as this position did not pan out as planned, Green briefly left Scouting in September 1978.
But life has funny twists and turns and by 1980, he was back in the Middle Tennessee Council as the DE for what was now called the Nashboro District. During these years, Green served as Camp Director again… and again… and again. He was Camp Director at Parnell in 1981, this time with Jerry Barnett as Program Director. He was back in 1982 with Barnett, but now at Camp Craig. Then he served as Camp Director again at Stahlman in 1990 with Brent Limbaugh as Program Director. And then his FIFTH run as Camp Director came in 1992, also at Stahlman when Andy Whitt became Program Director. In the days when Camp Directors were ONLY professional staff, Green served in the role more than any other person… AND he wasn’t done yet!
When Tom Willhite retired in 1994, Green became the next Director of Support Services, which meant he became the next Reservation Director. He came as the 1994 Capital Campaign was wrapping up and thus oversaw the creation of CubWorld and its program as well as the other changes that came with 94 campaign. He also had the unfortunate responsibility of letting the Schleichers go, primarily over concerns with their health. Ranger Willie Claude retired as well, leading Green to hire Bill Freeman as the new Head Ranger. Despite these changes, Green was ready to go when camp started in 1995. Obviously, he had a wealth of experience he brought to the job.
A change in leadership at the top later that summer created great stress for Green. So much so in fact, that by the end of summer camp in 1996, Green had stepped down as Director of Support Service and went back to the district level, this time Dan Beard. He came back to Boxwell as Camp Director in 2002 and 2003 and finally retired permanently from Scouting in 2006, ready to never return.
And then in 2011, Carl Adkins, the Reservation Director at the time, gave Green a call. Adkins had asked Green to return to Boxwell on several occassion, but Green had always said no. But now, there was new leadership running the Council and Green felt he could be useful again. He returned to camp staff in 2011 as Cubworld’s Camp Commissioner and has been there ever since. In fact, most Thursday evenings during camp, you can find him cooking steaks for Scoutmasters. All told, Green’s camp career has touched every era of Old Hickory Boxwell from Akers all the way up to Flannery. He is a Boxwell institution.
Seen here is Stahlman Camp Director Larry Green (far right) in 2002 with Program Director Andy Verble (far left) and Camp Commissioner Alex Cox (center).