Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays from VirtualBoxwell!
To celebrate, we give you the photo you thought you might exist, but were never quite sure about: Tom Willhite as Santa Claus. We don’t know who the gentlemen is on his knee, but that is Tom Willhite dressed in season appropriate attire for a Council Christmas Party in the 1980s.
Your holiday is now complete. You’re welcome. Have a great holiday and we’ll see you in 2018.
1999 Reunion Campfire
This is an admittedly bad photo. It is grainy and demonstrates the limits of technology in the late 1990s. Digital photography was in its infancy, so low light photos often looked this. Sorry.
That said, this photo is part of our recent nostalgic trip through Staff Reunions. For the last two weeks, we’ve looked at photos from the 2009 reunion. This week we jump back 10 years to the 1999 reunion. You can of course see all those photos on our Flickr account.
The photo here is of the 1999 Reunion Campfire at Camp Stahlman. You’ll note that the cross tie stage is still here. It would burn down in the not-too-distant future. On the stage is none other than Stahlman legend Web Webster. Web had served the meal earlier in the day and stuck around to MC the campfire.
Dutch and Tom, 2009
The photo of Carl Adkins at the 2009 Reunion caused us to dive back into the 2009 Reunion photos a bit. You can, of course, visit all the Reunions at our Flickr account or just read up about Staff Reunions (yes, shameless plug for both. Sorry).
In the digging, we came across this photo of Claus “Dutch” Mann and Tom Willhite. There’s not a single thing unique or special about this photo. It is just two older men who have known each other for years and been involved in Scouting for decades, chatting at the Cripple Crab during registration for the Reunion. Dutch worked at Boxwell on and off from the 1960s to the 1990s at Stahlman, Parnell, and Craig. Tom was a Camp Director at Parnell and Reservation Director from 1976 to 1994.
The only remarkable thing here is simply that neither man is still with us. Dutch passed away this year, in March to be specific. He followed Tom, who left us in September 2013. Two greats together in one photo. This is why we have reunions. Not just to celebrate the good times we had together, but to remember those who are no longer with us.
Over the last few weeks, we’ve been running a series called “Camp Anecdotes,” little short stories from staff members about their lives at camp. We have more of these and will continue to share them.
However, we’d also like to hear YOUR stories. Take a few minutes and write down your two or three favorite camp staff stories. Keep it clean, but tell the story in as much detail as you would like. Send it on to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll make your story part of “the archive.”
And, hopefully, we’ll post it here in the near future!