Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you out there from all of us here at VirtualBoxwell!  Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

And, in what is now an official holiday tradition here, we give you this photo of DE Buff Groth (Camp Director at Parnell in 1980) sitting on the lap of Tom Willhite (Santa; Reservation Director, 1976-1994).

See you all again in 2021, the Centennial of Camp Boxwell. We have a few things planned…

Santa
Tom Willhite as Santa Claus as a Council Christmas party; 1980 Parnell Camp Director Buff Groth on his lap

BOXWELL DAY 2020

On July 5, 1921 the VERY FIRST Boxwell opened in Linton, TN.

A truck picked up Scouts going to camp at the intersection of the Belle Meade and Harding Road at 10am and 4:30pm.  Camp only ran for about three weeks at the time and cost less than $6 a week!

We are hoping to start a new tradition, not just here at VirtualBoxwell, but across Middle Tennessee Council by celebrating BOXWELL DAY–a day commemorating the opening of the first Boxwell.

To that end, we ask for two things from you:
1) Share this message far and wide.  If you use social media, share the post.  If you are looking on the website, share the link.  Spread the word so that everyone knows this is a new Middle Tennessee Council holiday!
2) Take this opportunity to share your favorite Boxwell stories in the comments AND, if you are staff member, contact an old friend and reminisce about years gone by!

Thank you to all the professionals, volunteers and staff members who have worked for 100 summers to keep Boxwell alive and flourishing!

Happy Boxwell Day everyone!

Boxwell Day, 2020

Notice

Hello All,

We’re taking a small hiatus.  We’ll be back the first Sunday in June with regular postings.  Enjoy the nice weather and see you in two weeks with some more Boxwell history!

The VirtualBoxwell Team

Naming the Unknowns, May 25, 2016

As we approach summer camp 2016, it seems like an appropriate time to start gearing up for the new summer!  So, the next week or two will be about reminding us of some recent history.

With that in mind, below is a photo from Craig 2015 by Meredith Maguirk, the camp photographer.  A little cross-dressing has long been a part of Boxwell skits, especially with Camp Craig’s stage.  Our best guess is this a Gizmo skit, but we would love some clarification.

So, who are the people and what is going on here?

Craig 2015

Two unknown Craig Staff members in “grass” skirts and plastic coconut bras.

Naming the Unknowns, May 18, 2016

We’ll be taking a break from the Unknowns game when camp starts up, but for now, we thought a “fun” photo might be worth a look.

By 2004, the Boxwell pool was open and as you can imagine, it was a hit with the staff.  This photo from Jeremy Gillard is one of a series of photos of Staff Pool Party on July 5, 2004.

So, the questions for this week are: who is this person and what camp did he work?

If popular, we’ll do some more next week!

Pool Party

An unknown staff member at the Pool Staff Party in July 2004.