From the Archives, February 7 , 2021

Boxwell Adventure ’87

This week we bring you another Boxwell Centennial treat: the 1987 Promotional video! In the late 1970s after Tom Willhite took over as Reservation Director, he started to promote summer camp every year. This was done with volunteers, former staff members, and sometimes the OA. This was a slide presentation in the 1970s into the early 1980s. By the mid-1980s, we had video.

This is the first promotional film we know of using the video technology of the time. Like the 1967, the color has bled somewhat and the original picture is not very sharp. This video is also much shorter than the 1967 film, clocking in at approximately seven (7) minutes.

However, if you pay close attention, the 1987 promotion video has some real jewels in it. You can find in these seven minutes: the old rappelling tower, prone rifle shooting on the camp’s cotton mattresses, LOTS of COPE shots (it was still a very new program), Scouts doing the movements to “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes,” Fort Campbell personnel running the rifle range, the 1986 staff hat (often called the “Amoco hat” because of the oval patch), Council Executive Hershel Tolbert and Reservation Director Tom Willhite cooking steaks, and a close up on lovable Parnell/Craig staff member John Estes singing at the campfire. And don’t forget to appreciate the 1980’s smooth jazz guitar!

Find the video on our YouTube channel: https://youtu.be/c-npYZsgRbQ

1987 Promotional Still
The “title card” from the 1987 promotional film: a scout diving into the water from the docks.

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