“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.
Narrows of the Harpeth Sold
What happened to the Narrows Boxwell? The Rock Island Boxwell is still owned by the council, so what about the Narrows Boxwell? The short answer: it was bought by the state in 1978. Here’s the article.
“Harpeth Narrows Added to State Site,” The Tennessean, July 14, 1978, pgs. 1 and 10.