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.
We continue our look at some Council history this week with two more pages from the Council publication Half a Century published in 1970. Unlike last week, this time we get a little information that is Council specific, but not a lot. Again, let’s fill in some holes.
Leslie Boxwell retired as President of the Council in 1947; Coach William Anderson retired later that same year. From 1948 through the 1950s, Ward E. Akers served as Council Executive. The number of Scouts had risen from 2941 in 1940 to 4100 by 1946. We don’t have any 1950s numbers, but know that the baby boom is on the way! Council troops participated in the war effort; Anderson warned of the dangers of Communism after his retirement. With the arrival of Akers, the council reorganized by districts and the ranks of the professionals exploded. The Long Hunter Award was introduced in 1952 and the first Woodbadge course held in middle Tennessee in 1952 (WB-34). In 1959, the co-ed version of Exploring was introduced.
And on the Boxwell front? These pages mention the very beginnings of Old Hickory Boxwell, but they ignore the other Boxwell history. Boxwell at the Narrows continued until 1948. Boxwell moved to Rock Island in 1949 and stayed there until 1959. Apparently, the Rock Island Boxwell was not satisfactory as a new location was desired as early as 1952!
The Forties and Fifties section from the 1970 publication, Half A Century.
We continue our look at some Council history this week with two more pages from the Council publication Half a Century, published in 1970. Ironically, the write up here on the 1930s has almost nothing to do with the Council. So, let’s see if we can fill in some holes.
Coach William Anderson served as Scout Executive and Leslie G. Boxwell served as Council president throughout the 1930s. The number of Scouts had risen from 277 in 1920 to 2040 by 1930. By 1940, the total number of Boy Scouts was up to 2941. 1938 was a particularly pivotal year as both Cub Scouts and black Scouting were added to the council roster. Wa-Hi-Nasa was also founded in 1938. Scouts also served as Governor and Mayor for a day and participated in an annual Field meet. Percy Warner Park was high traffic area for Scout camping and hiking. And this is just the tip of the iceberg!
Let’s not forget, the second Boxwell opened at the Narrows of the Harpeth in 1930. It would remain there throughout the decade. The group of small photos in the bottom middle are all of Narrows of the Harpeth and were in the possession of Council President Jimmy Stevens, who was a staff member there in the early 1940s.
“Thirties” from the Middle Tennessee Council publication _Half a Century_, published in 1970