Boys Will Be Men
If you are familiar with the Council’s history at all, you know that the only history book on Middle Tennessee Council is 1983’s Boys Will Be Men by Wilbur F. Creighton, Jr. and Leland Johnson. Long since out of print, you can still find copies of it floating around here and then. But at the time, you could buy a copy at the Jet Potter Center, as mentioned in this very favorable review of the book from 1984.
Hugh Walker, “Familiar Faces Fill Scouting’s Story,” The Tennessean, January 22, 1984, pg. F5.
A review of Creighton and Johnson’s history of Middle Tennessee Council
“With the Scouts,” July 10, 1921
Throughout the 1920s and into the 1940s, the local newspapers ran sections specifically about Boy Scouts. These went under various names, such as “With the Scouts,” as seen here, or “Boy Scout News” or something else. The Tennessean gave a whole page for several years called “The Nashville Scouts’ Own Page.” The news was similar: council news, yes, but predominantly Troop news. After all, writing articles was part of what a Scribe did!
Here is an article from July 10, 1921. The second part is some troop news (rather brief this week), but the first part is about Boxwell. Indeed, this article is discussing what the very first week at the very first Boxwell was like…
“With the Scouts,” The Nashville Banner, July 10, 1921, pg. 14
Boxwell is THE camp
We’ve mentioned before how “back in the day,” the Council had more than one Scout camp. There was Camp Fisher in Manchester. There was the African American camp. There was a camp for Clarksville troops too. There were also LOTS of one week encampments that various troops called “camp.” And, of course, there was Boxwell.
In 1932, the Executive Committee committed to centralizing council camp operations, thus essentially making Boxwell THE Council camp. Other camps would be recognized as council encampments, but the Council’s efforts would push toward the central camp.
“Boy Scout Camps,” The Tennessean, Sunday, April 10, 1932, pg. 17
C. M. Cooper Heads Negro Boy Scouts
Charles M. Cooper is probably a name you haven’t heard of before, but in 1943 he was appointed Field Executive of Nashville Council’s Negro Boy Scout Troops. As you can see from the article, he had a strong background in Scouting and had been involved in the Council for some years. As you can also see from the article, “Negro Scouting” is not a particularly large part of the Council with only nine active troops under Cooper’s supervision.
“C. M. Cooper Heads Negro Boy Scouts,” The Tennessean, June 27, 1943, pg. C-10.