For the Good of the Program Pre-Order

For the Good of the Program: A Century of Middle Tennessee Scouting at Boxwell, 1921-2021

Have you ordered your history of Boxwell yet? The book contains history on all four Boxwell locations, maps, photos, and stories.

On reader of an early draft commented, “I will say that even though my family and I have no history with scouting, I found it to be a highly engaging exploration of how various moments in U.S. and local history during the last century are reflected through the lens of a local youth organization such as scouting.”

The book is available for pre-order until August 31, 2021 here: https://mtcbsa.doubleknot.com/event/a-century-of-middle-tennessee-scouting-at-boxwell-1921-2021-book-pre-order-cc120/2832417

From the Archives, July 25, 2021

Aerial Boxwell Repost Round-up

There are still several “repost round-ups” we’d like to do before the year is over. So many themes to explore! For this week though, we thought we’d take to the air!

Over the years, we have posted several aerial images of Boxwell. This week, we combine them all into one big post. Today an aerial photo of camp might not seem like that big a deal what with drones. But for most of Boxwell’s history, getting a good aerial photo was gold. Enjoy!

“LIBERTY” from the Bicentennial Muster in 1976
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2021/04/02/on-this-day-april-2/

Narrows of the Harpeth, 1938
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2017/11/19/from-the-archives-november-19-2017/

Rock Island from 5000 Ft
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2019/03/24/from-the-archives-march-24-2019/

On This Day, July 9–the first aerial photo of Old Hickory Lake Boxwell on July 9, 1960
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2021/07/09/on-this-day-july-9/

“LIBERTY” from the Bicentennial Muster in 1976
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2021/04/02/on-this-day-april-2/

Buried Cars (Behind the Compound), 1978
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2015/11/29/from-the-archives-november-29-2015/

Camp Murrey, 1978
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2015/05/03/from-the-archives-may-3-2015/

See Rock City, 1991
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/08/17/from-the-archives-august-17-2014/

Assortment of Aerial Photos
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/02/23/from-the-archives-february-23-2014/

More Assorted Aerial Photos
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/02/16/from-the-archives-february-16-2014/

Still More Assorted Aerial Photos
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/02/09/from-the-archives-february-9-2014/

Parnell from the Air
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/01/26/from-the-archives-january-25-2014/

Stahlman from the Air
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/01/19/from-the-archives-january-19-2014/

CubWorld and Boat Harbor from the Air
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/01/12/from-the-archives-january-12-2014/

Reservation from the Air
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2014/01/05/from-the-archives-january-5-2014/

Boat Harbor by Drone, 2017
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2017/08/13/from-the-archives-august-13-2017/

Our very first aerial photo we ever published… The Crippled Crab, 1972
http://virtualboxwell.org/v3/blog/2012/09/16/photo-of-the-week-september-16-2012/

Aerial Reservation
Boxwell Reservation from the air. Camp Craig is in the foreground with Explorer Island to the right

Want to learn more about Boxwell history? Buy the first Boxwell history book, For the Good of the Program, available for pre-order until August 31, 2021 here: https://mtcbsa.doubleknot.com/event/a-century-of-middle-tennessee-scouting-at-boxwell-1921-2021-book-pre-order-cc120/2832417

For the Good of the Program

For the Good of the Program: A Century of Middle Tennessee Scouting at Boxwell, 1921-2021

Have you ordered your history of Boxwell yet? The book contains history on all four Boxwell locations, maps, photos, and stories. As explained by one former staff member from the Willhite era who read an early draft explained, “Reading through these chapters has been a pleasure. No matter which generation you belong to, reading this book will feel like sitting around the campfire with others from Boxwell’s history to tell stories, share experiences and what it means to wear the red hat. “

The book is available for pre-order until August 31, 2021 here: https://mtcbsa.doubleknot.com/event/a-century-of-middle-tennessee-scouting-at-boxwell-1921-2021-book-pre-order-cc120/2832417

On This Day, July 13

On this day–Monday, July 13, 1925–on the very first day of camp for that week, a storm comes through the Linton Boxwell late in the afternoon. The Scouts take to their tents as is the safety protocol at the time. A branch was blown from a tree and fell on a tent, instantly killing one boy, Thompson Brown. Another Scout, Samuel Lackey, sustained serious injuries and died the following day at St.Thomas Hospital. Both Scouts were from Gallatin. While there have been other deaths at Boxwell, these are the only Scouts to ever have died on site during camp.

“Scout Camp Flag is At Half Mast,” Nashville Banner, July 15, 1925, pg. 6.

Want to learn more about Boxwell history? Buy the first Boxwell history book, For the Good of the Program, available for pre-order until August 31, 2021 here: https://mtcbsa.doubleknot.com/event/a-century-of-middle-tennessee-scouting-at-boxwell-1921-2021-book-pre-order-cc120/2832417

On This Day, July 12

On this day–Friday, July 12, 1985–The Nashville Banner runs an article about Boxwell’s newest program: Project C.O.P.E. C.O.P.E. was funded by Billy Walker of Franklin, who admitted he put forth the money himself because he did not care much for fundraising. C.O.P.E. itself had been in the works for years, slowly evolving out of a rappelling program that began shortly after Tom Willhite became Reservation Director. Carl Hyland was the director that first summer. At the time, Boxwell’s COPE Course was only one of five in the country. Upon completion, Scouts received a “I Survived Project COPE” t-shirt.

A collection of COPE t-shirts. The orange shirt was common for many years. Photo by Henry Davis.

Want to learn more about Boxwell history? Buy the first Boxwell history book, For the Good of the Program, available for pre-order until August 31, 2021 here: https://mtcbsa.doubleknot.com/event/a-century-of-middle-tennessee-scouting-at-boxwell-1921-2021-book-pre-order-cc120/2832417