From the Archives, February 28, 2021

Boxwell T-shirts: The Repost

As summer camp and the reunion for 2021 start gearing up, patch and t-shirt designs are in the planning stages. So, we thought we’d do a repost and then link out to a few items this week.

First, the links. In April 2019, we ran a brief series on Boxwell t-shirts. Below are the links to the Boxwell at Old Hickory Lake t-shirts. We also included a link to the famous Seymore Duck shirt post.

April 14, 2019: Old Hickory Boxwell T-shirts, 1960s and 1970s
April 21, 2019: Old Hickory Boxwell T-shirt, 1997
April 28, 2019: Old Hickory Boxwell T-shirt, 2014
August 4, 2019: Old Hickory Boxwell T-shirt, Seymore Duck

Second, the repost. Rock Island is the camp where t-shirts and a commissary first became part of the Boxwell experience. Below is the original post on Bob Alley’s Boxwell staff t-shirt from April 7, 2019.

From the Archives, April 7, 2019
Boxwell T-Shirts: Rock Island

It’s time to look at Boxwell t-shirts! Obviously, there have been quite a few of them, so we can’t possibly cover all of the shirts ever produced. However, we’re going to spend April looking at some popular Boxwell t-shirts over the decades.

This week’s t-shirt is the oldest Boxwell t-shirt we know of. This was the Staff t-shirt of Bob Alley when he worked on the Rock Island Boxwell staff in the 1950s. Clearly, there isn’t anything particularly special about the shirt. However, in a period before staff hats, a staff t-shirt was an easy to delineate Scouts from Staff.

“Staff” isn’t printed on the shirt anywhere, so how are we certain the shirt was a staff t-shirt. First, the Rock Island Commissary didn’t sell t-shirts and clothing like modern Trading Posts do. Second, Bob Alley told us it was a staff t-shirt. That seemed pretty definitive.

If you have a Boxwell t-shirt, take a picture and send it our way. Staff t-shirts are the top priority, but all Boxwell t-shirts are important. When you send the photo, please try to include the year if you remember! Contact us at or (Copy and paste the address; hyperlinking leads to incredible amounts of spam!)

Rock Island t-shirt
Staff T-Shirt at the Rock Island Boxwell, 1950s

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