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!

Boxwell Day, 2020

2021 Reunion: Final Call!

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!

2020 Staff Census

Staff Reunion

Staff Reunion

A staff reunion is on the horizon! There will also be a staff alumni event at the Council’s Centennial Jamboree in October. We need your help to find every staff member possible.

Please follow the link below and share it with your camp friends.

Grady Eades
2021 Reunion Committee Chairman

2020 Staff Census

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:

Grady Eades
2021 Reunion Committee Chairman


Council Centennial, April 29, 2020

The Middle Tennessee Council

A funny thing happened in January 1949: the Middle Tennessee Council formed. Not the first MTC. That one had collapsed in 1930 as we discussed before. This was the new MTC, the one still with us today, born from the Nashville Council.

Ward Akers had come on as Scout Executive in September 1947 and spent his first year getting the lay of the land. Some things changed–Boxwell was still at the Narrows, but the program looked different–while others seemed very similar to how they had been under Anderson. Tillman Newsum was still active; Talmadge Miller was still the Assistant Executive.

But Akers and the Council were reading the tea leaves. The Council was serving approximately 5,500 boys, but 65,000 were of Scouting age. To reach these boys a reorganziation was needed. Indeed, understand that of the Council’s 36 county service area, fully 25 counties did not have a Scouting program. Begun in 1948, a reorganziation by districts began. Davidson County was organized into four districts; the area immediately outside of Davidson into another eight districts.

These changes culminated in January 1949. At the annual meeting held at the Maxwell House on Friday night, January 28, 1949, another new district was announced. The hiring of five new professionals was announced, bring the Council staff on par with others in the nation.

And following a vote of the Board, the Nashville area Council was re-christened the Middle Tennessee Council.


Nashville Banner photo by Walter Morgan, Jr. Here the Council preps for the annual meeting the following evening, Friday, January 27. 1949. Shown here are (l-r) are Dr. Walter Courtenay, Floyd E. Laney, L. B. Stevens (Council President), and Ward E Akers (Council Executive).

Wilbur Creighton, Jr. and Leland Johnson, Boys Will Be Men: Middle Tennessee Scouting Since 1910, Middle Tennessee Council: Nashville, 1983, pg. 119
“Nashville Area Boy Scout Workers To Hold Annual Council Here Friday,” Nashville Banner, January 27, 1949, pg. 4
“Area’s Scouts Number 5,500, Council Told,” Nashville Banner, January 28, 1949, pg. 1
“Scout Recruitment Program Urged for Midstate Area,” Nashville Tennessean, January 29, 1949, pg. 2