This gentlemen is Ken Connelly. He’s retired now, but he was a professional Scouter for a long, LONG time. In fact, he was a District Executive in the 1960s and later Finance Director in the 1970s. He eventually got his own Council and then came back to Middle Tennessee as Council Executive in the early 1990s. He then went on to Regional and National Posts before retiring back in the mid-state area. He has vast experience!
And in terms of Boxwell, why does he matter? He was a Camp Director in 1967. He was the Finance Director during the 1972 Capital Development Campaign. He was on the “Blue Ribbon Committee” that investigated the Ward Akers allegations in 1975. He was the Council Executive for the 1994 Capital Development Campaign. In short, he’s been around for some pretty major moments.
We had a fantastic chat down at the Jet Potter Center on December 11, 2017. In fact, we spoke for over four hours!
This is an interview I need transcribed. Indeed, Ken’s interview is critical to understanding the inner workings of the Council at several crucial moments in Boxwell’s modern history.
Please, time is running out. There are only two weeks left in this campaign; help me reach my goal. Contribute to the Boxwell Interview Transcription Project: https://www.gofundme.com/boxwell-history-transcription-project to get this interview transcribed so I can produce a history of Camp Boxwell for its centennial in 2021.
Ken Connelly, former Council Executive, on December 11, 2017
Would you be interested in seeing a complete written history of Boxwell for its centennial? If so, I need your help.
I need to raise $6000 to take 100 hours of interviews to human transcription service. These services are fast and accurate, but tend to run about $1 a minute. It’s a big amount, but necessary to finish this story.
In order to complete the book for 2021 centennial, I need these interviews transcribed this summer. I’ve exhausted every avenue I can think of, but none return transcripts with the accuracy and speed I need to complete the project on time.
$6000 is a big request; are the interviews worth that amount? Yes. I have interviews with camp staff members and professional Scouters, past and present. I have interviews with Scouts who attended Boxwell in the 1930s and 1940s and one when Boxwell integrated in the 1960s. I have conversations about Rock Island, the Old Hickory farm operations, life at Camp Murrey, and the capital development campaigns. And more stories on staff shenanigans than you can imagine.
There is a story here that needs to be told, but I need your help to tell it. This fundraising campaign will be open until the end of May. From there, I will spend the rest of the summer getting these interviews transcribed and processed. I hope to have the entire history written by the end of summer 2020.
Any amount you can contribute will help. Together we can create something people read for decades to come. Thanks for your help.
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 almost 100 years to keep Boxwell alive and flourishing!
Happy Boxwell Day everyone!
The four Boxwells: Linton, Narrows of the Harpeth, Rock Island, Old Hickory Lake
Today is the last day for Carl Adkins to serve in the position of Reservation Director. He is officially retiring. A party is planned to give him a proper send off.
We at VirtualBoxwell would like to say thank you and good luck to Carl as he begins the next phase of his life. Serving from 2004 to 2017 makes Carl the second longest running Reservation Director and that is quite feat.
Congratulations Carl from all of us here at VirtualBoxwell!
2007 Staff ID photo of Reservation Director Carl Adkins. Photo by Carl Head.