Remembering the Staff, 2000s

Here is our final installment of “Remembering the Staff.”  Once we get the 2019 staff photos, we’ll upload those to the website.  In the meantime, let’s take a look back at 2009.  Carl Adkins was Reservation director and Steve Belew was the head ranger.  Nat Hudson was in his second year as Program Director at Stahlman as was Program Director Aaron Patten at Craig.  There were a slew of other programs by this point. Running the Boat Harbor was Michael Allen, at COPE Kyle Duckworth, at the pool John Kasper, and at the NRA Light Rifle Program was Pat “Old Soldier” Deugaw. Oh yeah, there was CubWorld too. Jody Looper was Program Director.

Featured here are the staff photos for Stahlman, Craig, Cubworld, the Pool, and the Administrative Staff.  Enjoy!

Stahlman Staff, 2009

Stahlman Staff, 2009

Craig Staff, 2009

Craig Staff, 2009

Reservation Administrative Staff, 2009

Reservation Administrative Staff, 2009

Pool Staff, 2009

Pool Staff, 2009

From the Archives, July 7, 2019

2014 Reunion: James Akers does the Ham-bone

This weekend marked the 5th anniversary of the last staff reunion, the one in 2014. The 2014 Staff Reunion was the fifth Reunion for Boxwell staff and the best attended. Though to be fair, the attendance likely had something to do with the set up of the Reunion.

Unlike the previous four Staff Reunions (1983, 1989, 1999, 2009), the 2014 Reunion was basically free. The Reunion Staff sought out donors to sponsor the event and were able to bring in enough donations to cover the primary costs of the event. The primary costs were mostly wrapped up in a dinner and a t-shirt. So, if you pre-registered for the event, dinner and a Reunion t-shirt were paid for by sponsors. If you just showed up… well, you had to pay a little.

The 2014 Reunion was slightly different in other ways too, though these differences were likely not all that important to most attendees. The Reunion had an “archiving” component: Danny Waltman manned a audio booth to record camp stories and Michael Seay had a scanning booth to scan old camp photos that people brought with them. The audio booth had a few takers, but the scanning booth quickly had more material to deal with than a one-person operation could handle!

In most important ways though, the 2014 Reunion was very similar to most of the other reunions. It occurred during camp so that old staff members could visit program areas and stomping grounds as well as take their families to camp activity areas, like the waterfront. There was a dining hall program and group photos. The Reunion also concluded with a meal, awards, and a campfire. In short, it was a lot like the camp experience, except condensed into a much smaller window!

This week’s photo is a highlight from the event. At the end of the dinner program, James Akers, son of the late Ward Akers, climbed up on a table and “ham-boned,” a skill he had learned from Ike Davis, the African-American cook at Rock Island Boxwell. You can’t make up those kind of moments.

[If you’re a former staff member, start tracking down your old staff friends. Work for 2021 Centennial Reunion is about to begin!]

James Akers

James Akers, son of Ward Akers, performs the ham-bone at Craig dining hall for the 2014 Reunion.

Boxwell Day, 2019

Happy Boxwell Day!

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 almost 100 years to keep Boxwell alive and flourishing!

Happy Boxwell Day everyone!

Boxwell Day

Happy Boxwell Day! Leslie G. Boxwell surrounded by the four camps bearing his name. Boxwell was located at Linton, TN, the Narrows of the Harpeth, Rock Island, and Old Hickory Lake.

Remembering the Staff, 1990s

We now look at the final year of the 20th century!  1999 was the first year Camp Parnell was closed.  It seemed like the start of just another rotation, but Parnell has not opened as a Scout resident camp since. Ron Turpin was in his third year as Reservation Director.  Ron Ramsey was in his fourth and final year as Program Director at Stahlman and Michael Salazar completed his second.  Murrey was gone and CubWorld was up and running at this point, though we have no record of the staff for that year.  Lance Ussery was running COPE and Rick Ehler (we think) was heading the Boat Harbor.

And, despite all this great detail, we have only one staff photos of any these groups for 1999: Craig staff.  So, here is Craig 1999.

Craig Staff, 1999

Craig Staff, 1999

Remembering the Staff, 1980s

This week we look at the 1980s in our “Remembering the Staff” series. Believe it or not, the situation at camp had not changed the much in the ten years since our look last week.  Tom Willhite was still reservation director, now at year 14.  Ernie Ragsdale was still Program Director, though now at Stahlman.  At Camp Parnell, Jerry Barnett was Program Director. Craig and Parnell were on their rotation at this point, so Craig was closed.  John Hickman was running COPE and Christy Willhite Camp Murrey.  The Boat Harbor was used somewhat by Stahlman staff, but was not an official staff/program of camp.

Seen here are both the Camp Stahlman and Camp Parnell staff photos.  Both photos were taken by Russ Parham, who was now Business Manager of the Reservation.

Stahlman 1989

Stahlman Staff, 1989

Parnell 1989

Parnell staff, 1989