From the Archives, May 30, 2021

Staff Pranks: The Repost Round-up

The general rule of thumb amongst the staff is “Staff Stuff Stays Staff Stuff.” As caveat to that is, “The names have been changed to protect the guilty.” In other words, there are a lot of shenanigans that the staff have gotten into over the years. Most of the stories will never be told here as we try to honor the Staff Rule, but there are a few that have gotten out over the years. As summer camp is about to begin, it seemed like a good time to do a repost round-up on those stories.

The Crippled Crab Rolled in Toilet Paper ||
The Beaver Story, 1987 ||
The Bread Cure ||
M-80 Devilment ||
The 1987 Craig Electrical Corps ||
Truck in Parnell Dining Hall ||
A Gift of Firewood, 1985 ||
Inflatable on the Roof ||
Ode to the Milk Crate ||
See Rock City ||
Car in Parnell Dining Hall ||

The Staff Reunion is almost here. Get together with your friends to relive these stories and more!

2021 Staff Reunion T-shirt
Design for the Reunion T-shirt

On This Day, May 29

On this day–Thursday, May 29, 1975–groundbreaking ceremonies were held at 3414 Hillsboro Road for the new Jet Potter Scout Service Center. The Center was part of the 1972 Capital Development Campaign. A new Scout Center had been under discussion for quite some time. At least as early as 1966, Akers and the Executive Board were discussing the idea and looking for land to build it. The current site was purchased in January 1967, but because of the cost involved construction of the building was wrapped up in the Capital Campaign in 1972. Seen here is a photo from the ground breaking festivities. From left to right are Council President C. A. “Neil” Craig, son of Edwin W. Craig, Webb Follin, Jr., Chair of the New Scout Service Center Committee, Anne Potter Wilson, daughter of Jet Potter, and, of course, Council Executive Ward Akers. Anne and her husband David Wilson ran the Jet Potter Foundation, the major contributor to the Scout Center.

Service Center
Ground-breaking for Jet Potter Service Center on Hillsboro Road, May 29, 1975

From the Archives, May 23, 2021

Namesakes: Al Hendrickson

Begun in 1991 and completed in 1992, the COPE Tower was made possible through a combination of donated labor and materials as well as a financial contribution from COPE’s patron saint Billy Walker. An impressive structure, the tower’s construction involved Nashville Electric Service drilling holes for and donating the posts and the Navy Seabees pouring the concrete floor. And yet, the tower is dedicated to and named after a man most people don’t know today: Al Hendrickson.

Born in August 1927, Alvin Eugene Hendrickson was a military man for a long time. He served in World War II, the Korean War, and the Vietnam War. His service spanned three different branches of the armed forces: the Army, the Navy, and the Air Force. Always an enlisted man, he eventually retired from the Tennessee Air National Guard after 40 years of service in the US Military. Originally from Washington state, Hendrickson was also a Shriner, a Mason, and a member of Faith Methodist Church, where he had served as Sunday School Superintendent.

He was also a Scouter and involved with a host of Scouting activities. He was Scoutmaster of his troop for a time. At Boxwell, he was often involved in Brownsea, serving as the program’s quartermaster, and with Wood Badge as well. Indeed, throughout the 1980s and 1990s, Hendrickson was a fixture on the Reservation, popping up in connection to a variety of events and programs.

Of course, he was most well known for his connection to COPE. He was involved with the construction and development of COPE from almost the beginning. He became the second director of the program and remained active with the program even after giving up the directorship. By all reports he was a pretty easy man to work for and his military background made him an excellent organizer. He was a man who could get things done.

As for the tower name, it was Billy Walker who decided he wanted the tower named after Hendrickson. Dutch Mann carved the wooden sign and Walker had the metal plaque made. It was dedicated to Hendrickson at end of Wood Badge MT-38 in September 1994.

He passed away on July 28, 2014 at the age of 86.

Al Hendrickson, 1990s
Al Hendrickson in the 1990s

On This Day, May 21

On this day–Saturday, May 21, 1938–the first council Ordeal was held at the Narrows of the Harpeth Boxwell. The Wa-Hi-Nasa lodge 111 had been formed the previous month and so a ceremonies team from another lodge performed the first ceremony. The first inductees at this ceremony were Scouts Roy Shaub, Hilary Osborn, O. E. Brandon, Jr., Lynn Farrar, and Forest Glascow. Adults included Council Executive William J. Anderson, Assistant Executive James Gribble, and Council Commissioner Tillman Newsum. Shaub and Brandon were also Boxwell staff members.

Narrows of the Harpeth Camp Boxwell SIgn

2021 Summer Camp Staff Reunion

2021 Staff Reunion

Fellow staff, it is at last time to register for the 2021 Staff Reunion. You have three weeks (June 6 is the last day) to register for the event.

Cost is $20 per person and that covers dinner, a t-shirt, and a patch. You will get a Staff Reunion t-shirt, but can also purchase a Boxwell Centennial t-shirt for the non-staff members of your family. Or you can just register for dinner. Additional t-shirts ($10) and patches ($5) are available as well.

If you haven’t used Doubleknot before, I would encourage you to move slowly and read the directions as you go.

This is it ladies and gentlemen. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on July 3rd!

Below are the designs for the Staff Reunion t-shirt, the Centennial t-shirt, and the Reunion patch.

2021 Reunion Patch
2021 Staff Reunion patch