Before Scout Shorts, before Jet Trails, before even Smoke Signals, there was The Bugle. The Bugle was the first official newsletter of the Nashville Council, with the first issue published in October 1938. The closing of summer camp–Boxwell at the Narrows–was the lead story, reflecting the importance of the camp to the program at the time.
The newsletter had a staff of about seven volunteers. Remember, the Nashville Council was quite small at this time, employing around five people. Many of the contributors to the newsletter were Scouts. In fact, two names we’ve discussed before. James Kilgore, who made the film A Day At Camp Boxwell, and O. E. Brandon, a Junior staff member, were part of this editorial staff. The publication was irregular and (to our knowledge) only six issues have survived, ending in December 1940.
Seen here is the page 1 of the very first issue. The first article on Boxwell is to the left and the Montgomery Bell tunnel graces the center of the page. The “newspaper” was sponsored by Burk & Co., which was the official outfitter of Scouting merchandise and uniforms in the days before there was a council Scout Shop. Burk & Co. got a full page advertisement on page 3!
Thursday, October 12 was a big night for Middle Tennessee Council, Boxwell Reservation, and our own Jason Flannery. The Roy Grindstaff Skilled Trades Center was dedicated at Camp Parnell. On hand were Aubrey Harwell, John Cage, The Pfeffers, and of course Robin Grindstaff Hurdle. A Skilled Trades Center was part of Jason Flannery’s vision for Boxwell even before he became Reservation Director. And now, Boxwell is the only Scout camp in the nation with such a facility. Congratulations to all involved for making this dream a reality.
HAPPY, HAPPY Boxwell Day! TODAY IS BOXWELL’S ANNIVERSARY!!
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.
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!
Thank you to all the professionals, volunteers and staff members who have worked for 100 summers to keep Boxwell alive and flourishing!