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.
Article on the purchase of the Narrows of the Harpeth
Building Rock Island, 1949
A new Boxwell–tentatively known as Boxwell III–opened in 1949 in Walling, TN. We know this as the Rock Island Boxwell and today it is the Charles E. Parish Reserve.
Here we see photos from the first summer that the Rock Island Boxwell opened. As you can tell, as of June 12, the camp was not ready to go! According to former staff member Bob Alley, Staff Week for Rock Island usually lasted two weeks. This certainly holds true for this first summer as the Rock Island would accept its first Scouts on June 26.
“200 Acres Near Rock Island Soon to Start Humming,” The Tennessean, June 12, 1949, pg 8B.
“Avoid Politics, Scouters Advised”
As the Council announced Silver Beaver recipients this week, it seems appropriate to show an article doing the same from a few years back. Despite the title of the article, the subject is actually quite straight-forward. After pointing out the Silver Beaver recipients, the article goes on to identify the newly elected Council officers. 1953 was apparently a big year!
“Avoid Politics, Scouters Advised,” The Tennessean, February 10, 1953, pg. 7.