2020 Boxwell Staff Census

2020 Staff CensusGreetings Boxwell Staff member,

As you may be aware, 2020 is the centennial of the Middle Tennessee Council. Next year, 2021, is the centennial of Boxwell.  Events are being planned to commemorate both events.

Obviously, there will be a staff reunion in 2021.  But there will also be a staff alumni event at the Council’s Centennial Jamboree. The goal of the Reunion Committee is to track down every single staff member who has served on Boxwell staff.  And we need your help to do it.

Please follow the link below, which will give you a few more details and then send you to a Google document to update your contact information. With this information, we will be able to keep you up to date with these upcoming events as we are confident you will want to participate!

But more importantly, we share this link so that you can share it with your camp friends.  Please, send this link to any and every camp staff member you know; ask them to do the same.  Consider this the Boxwell Centennial Census and we need your help to complete it!

We’re looking forward to tracking everyone down and seeing you either this October, next summer, or both.

Please follow and forward this link: http://www.virtualboxwell.org/2021_staff_reunion.php

Grady Eades
2021 Reunion Committee Chairman


From the Archives, April 26, 2020

The Last Reunion

The last Staff Reunion was held in 2014. Indeed, the Staff Reunion in 2014 was the 5th such reunion with the others occurring in 1983, 1989, 1999, and 2009. The 2009 Reunion was the only one that wasn’t organized by a core group of staff alumni and the only one not held during summer camp.

Most all of the Reunions have followed a similar format, trying to recreate a day at camp. The idea has been that with former staff members returning with their families, the former staff may want to give their children and spouses a taste of what their lives were like, including shooting sports, boating, and some sort of dinner and campfire program. The 2014 Reunion was unique in that it also had an archiving dimension: it had a station to record camp stories and a station to scan old camp photos. You can read up on the previous reunions here: http://www.virtualboxwell.org/staff_reunions.php.

The patch seen here was designed specifically for the 2014 Reunion. It utilizes a map of the Old Hickory Boxwell and the Boxwell Reservation design originally created by Public Relations master Chuck Creasey. It listed the names of all the camps at Old Hickory Boxwell, but not the previous Boxwells themselves. The design was used as a patch and a t-shirt for the 2014 Reunion. In fact, the design was popular enough that a slightly modified version became the design for the 2019 Staff hat.

So, why promote this particular patch this week? Because the 2021 Reunion is right around the corner. This Reunion will celebrate the centennial of Boxwell–ALL the Boxwells. And later this week, we’ll start our drive to find former staff members in order to have the biggest staff reunion ever. We hope you’ll join us in our efforts. See you in 2021!

Reunion Patch

2014 Staff Reunion Patch

Merry Christmas!!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you out there from all of us here at VirtualBoxwell!  Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

And, in what is now an official holiday tradition here, we give you this photo of DE Buff Groth (Camp Director at Parnell in 1980) sitting on the lap of Tom Willhite (Santa; Reservation Director, 1976-1994).

See you all again in 2020, the Centennial of the Middle Tennessee Council.  We have a few things planned…


Tom Willhite as Santa Claus as a Council Christmas party; 1980 Parnell Camp Director Buff Groth on his lap


Congratulations John Zumbro

We wanted to give a shout out to Assistant Ranger John Zumbro today. John will be leaving Boxwell as he has landed the Head Ranger position at the Ben Delatour Scout Ranch in the Long Peaks Council in Colorado.

Pictured here is Ranger Rob Ward (left) and John (right, in truck) in 2018. John was not only a former Stahlman staff member, but as we have showcased before, he was married on Boxwell Reservation property!

Congratulations and good luck to John and his wife Paula from the VirtualBoxwell team!

John Zumbro

Rob Ward (left) and John Zumbro (right) at Stahlman Dining Hall, 2018