The VirtualBoxwell team is sad to report the passing of James E. Akers, son of Ward E. Akers. James was on the staff at both the Rock Island Boxwell and the Old Hickory Boxwell. He was quite busy in his life after Boxwell as well. Read his full obituary here: https://www.legacy.com/obituaries/timesunion/obituary.aspx?n=james-eric-akers&pid=193973664&fhid=12954
On July 5, 1921 the VERY FIRST Boxwell opened in Linton, TN.
A truck picked up Scouts going to camp at the intersection of the Belle Meade and Harding Road at 10am and 4:30pm. Camp only ran for about three weeks at the time and cost less than $6 a week!
We are hoping to start a new tradition, not just here at VirtualBoxwell, but across Middle Tennessee Council by celebrating BOXWELL DAY–a day commemorating the opening of the first Boxwell.
To that end, we ask for two things from you:
1) Share this message far and wide. If you use social media, share the post. If you are looking on the website, share the link. Spread the word so that everyone knows this is a new Middle Tennessee Council holiday!
2) Take this opportunity to share your favorite Boxwell stories in the comments AND, if you are staff member, contact an old friend and reminisce about years gone by!
Thank you to all the professionals, volunteers and staff members who have worked for 100 summers to keep Boxwell alive and flourishing!
Happy Boxwell Day everyone!
Happy Fourth of July! Be safe tonight.
This is the Final Call for letting us know where to find you and contact you. Online updates end tomorrow night. Help us celebrate July Fourth AND Boxwell Day on July 5th by completing the form! Don’t forget to share with your other camp staff friends!
Have a safe and happy 4th of July from your friendly Camp Stahlman explosives clan.