Interview Transcription Project: Greg Tucker

**May 31 is the final day of my campaign. Every little bit helps! Please spread the word to help make this happen! **

This gentlemen is Greg Tucker. Greg started on Boxwell staff in 1960 and continued on for several more as a member of Parnell Waterfront. Greg worked with Jimmy Joe Jackson and was there when Parnell became the first camp to integrate. Greg went on to law school, but came back to Middle Tennessee. He never worked camp staff again, but he has been involved on Council Committees as well as National Committees for decades. He has never lost his love of aquatics, even teaching at several camp schools.

We discussed this story and many others when I interviewed Greg on June 14, 2017. Greg has himself been interested in the history of Boxwell, so we had a great deal to discuss.

As a result, our conversation ran a solid three hours; I need those three hours transcribed.

Greg’s interview again shows the power of those baby boomers and their impact on camp. However, it also displays the deep bonds that are built on the camp staff as the young men that Greg met and worked with in the early 1960s are still people he gets together with today.

Please, help me reach my goal. Contribute to the Boxwell Interview Transcription Project: https://www.gofundme.com/boxwell-history-transcription-project to get this interview transcribed so I can produce a history of Camp Boxwell for its centennial in 2021.

Greg Tucker

Greg Tucker at the Rutherford County Historical Society, June 2017.

Interview Transcription Project: Rob Ward

**May 31 is the final day of my campaign. Every little bit helps! Please spread the word to help make this happen! **

This hard working man is Boxwell’s current head ranger, Rob Ward. Rob has been head ranger since 2015 and before that was a part of the CubWorld staff, specifically the archery instructor… from Australia. Of course, Rob isn’t really from Australia; he just played an Austrialian archer for the Cub Scouts!

We discussed this story and many others when I interviewed Ron on an unusually warm Novemeber 17, 2018. In fact, we sat outside at a picnic table for the entire 3 hours of the interview, discussing CubWorld, ranger life, and how a property like Boxwell works behind the scenes. It was an eye-opening interview in many ways.

I need these three hours with Rob transcribed.

Rob’s interview demonstrates the reality that we often don’t like to confront: Boxwell is a “home” to many Scouts and staff, but it is also a very expensive property that requires a great deal of maintenance and work. Rob’s interview helps us look behind the curtain to see how things operate. Again, these mechanics are all part of the story I need to tell.

Please, help me reach my goal. Contribute to the Boxwell Interview Transcription Project: https://www.gofundme.com/boxwell-history-transcription-project to get this interview transcribed so I can produce a history of Camp Boxwell for its centennial in 2021.

Rob Ward

Rob Ward, head ranger. If you can believe it, this outdoor interview was conducted in the middle of November, 2018.

Interview Transcription Project: Ron Turpin

**May 31 is the final day of my campaign. I’m only $800 short. Please, every little bit helps. Spread the word to help make this happen! **

Give a warm welcome to Assistant Council Executive Ron Turpin. Ron was a professional for Middle Tennessee early in his career and then moved to Arkansas for a few years. He returned to Middle Tennessee in 1996 as the new Reservation Director.

I interviewed Ron on September 4, 2015. We discussed his early years as a professional and what brought him back to Boxwell. We looked at his vision for camp as well as what he done since leaving Boxwell, namely his really extensive work with the Latimer Reservation.

Our conversation ran almost 2 hours and it is another example of an interview I need transcribed.

Ron’s interview is important as it sets the stage for the modern period of Boxwell. The changes brought by Ron during his run are, in large part, the standards for how Boxwell now operates. It’s a critical piece to the puzzle!

Please, help me reach my goal. Contribute to the Boxwell Interview Transcription Project: https://www.gofundme.com/boxwell-history-transcription-project to get this interview transcribed so I can produce a history of Camp Boxwell for its centennial in 2021.

Turpin

Ron Turpin at the Jet Potter Center, September 2015.

Interview Transcription Project

This young man is none other than JJ Norman. I interviewed JJ on April 10, 2018 and we discussed JJ’s time at the modern Boxwell. Specifically, we spoke about his time on Shooting sports, in the Activity Yard, as AY Director, and as Program Director at Camp Craig. We also spoke about staff traditions and working for Carl Adkins. All of this was done sitting on the veranda of Camp Craig dining hall, per J. J.’s request.

But perhaps the most important thing we discussed was JJ’s experience on Boxwell staff and in Scouting as a gay man. To say this interview “got real” would be an understatement. It is probably the most heartfelt and sincere conversation I’ve recorded.

The interview was also over three and a half hours and needs to be transcribed.

My conversation with JJ is a great example of how Boxwell has been a haven, a safe place for so many. I want to tell that story.

Please, help me reach my goal. Contribute to the Boxwell Interview Transcription Project: https://www.gofundme.com/boxwell-history-transcription-project to get this interview transcribed so I can produce a history of Camp Boxwell for its centennial in 2021.

Norman

JJ Norman at Camp Craig, April 2018

Interview Transcription Project

This young woman is Rachel Paris. I interviewed Rachel last year on July 12. We discussed Rachel’s time on the CubWorld staff, how CubWorld programs worked (wildly different from Boy Scout programs!), her long family connections with Boxwell, and what it was like to be a woman in an organization that often prides itself on its male-ness. We had a great conversation and I learned more than I could have hoped!

This was a shorter interview, but still ran a solid hour and a half. To be fair, Rachel was still working.

Rachel’s interview is one I need transcribed. Her experience provides insight into how the world of Boy Scouting–Scouting–has changed; she helps give a complete story.

Please, help me tell that story by getting me to my goal. Contribute to the Boxwell Interview Transcription Project: https://www.gofundme.com/boxwell-history-transcription-project

Paris

CubWorld Staffer Rachel Paris, July 12, 2018