Boxwell History Book Pre-Order

This is it! Pre-order on the first ever Boxwell History book, For the Good of the Program, ends tomorrow, August 31. Copies bought during the pre-order will be signed by the author.

Written by historian and former staff member Grady Eades, For the Good of the Program explores how a changing society led to changes in the Scouting program as delivered as summer camp. It utilizes a hundred years of newspaper articles and hundreds of hours of interviews and personal stories. It tells about the personalities who made the camp program happen and how Boxwell has changed over the last century.

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On This Day, August 21

On this day–Wednesday, August 21, 1991–the Tennessean reports the return of Ken Connelly to the Middle Tennessee Council as Council Executive. Connelly had began as a professional Scouter in 1963, fresh out of college at APSU. He turned down a job offer for Quaker Oats and accepted a position as the District Executive for Walton Trail district, making $4200 a year. Connelly proved himself and rose quickly through the ranks of the professional organization, eventually serving as Council Finance Director and Assistant Council Executive under Ward Akers and then Hershel Tolbert. He became a Council Executive in his own right in 1979 in Gastonia, NC. In 1982, he moved up to become Council Executive of the Louisville, KY council. Upon his return to Middle Tennessee in 1991, he over the 1994 Capital Development Campaign that built CubWorld. In 1995, Connelly took over the position as Director of the Northeast Region and became Assistant Chief Scout Executive in 2001. Connelly finally retired in 2006 after a literal lifetime in Scouting.

Connelly Tolbert Willhite
Ken Connelly, Hersherl Tolbert, and Tom Willhite, sometime in the late 1970s or early 1980s.

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 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

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