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**I have entered the final two weeks of my campaign and am still short of my goal. Please remember any sized contribution brings my closer to my goal. I’ll spend the next two weeks showing you why you should contribute!**

Here he is: the man, the legend, Jerry Barnett. Jerry began at Camp Stahlman in 1964, worked for a few years, went off to Vietnam, and came back to camp briefly in 1970 and 1971. He went out in the world and returned to camp in 1980 as Parnell’s Activity Yard Director.

But it is his run from 1981 to 1992 as the Parnell/Craig Program Director for which Jerry is most known. Along with Tom Willhite and Ernie Ragsdale, Jerry defined the “middle era” of Old Hickory Boxwell.

I interviewed Jerry on November 5, 2016. We spoke about his time in the 1960s, his time as Kitchen Director, working the Commissioner system, Ward Akers, Ed Human, Ernie Ragsdale, a host of other characters, and of course his run as Program Director.

The interview ran almost four hours and needs to be transcribed. Indeed, since this interview, Jerry and I also toured the sites for the Linton Boxwell and the Narrows of the Harpeth Boxwells together; these were also recorded journeys that should be transcribed.

Part of what makes Jerry’s story so intriguing is how it follows the arc of baby boomers. Baby boomers overwhelmed Boxwell in the 1960s and early 1970s. So impactful was the experience, several returned in later years or were involved in other aspects Council politics and program. The story of Boxwell can’t be told without the baby boomers and it is part of the story I want 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.

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Jerry Barnett at his home, November 2016

 

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**I have entered the final two weeks of my campaign and am quite short of my goal. Please remember any sized contribution brings my closer to my goal. I’ll spend the next two weeks showing you why you should contribute!**

Allow me to introduce Carl Adkins. Carl Adkins was Boxwell’s Reservation Director from 2004 to 2017, making him the second longest serving Reservation Director at Old Hickory Boxwell. If you want to understand the modern camp, this is the man to explain it.

I interviewed Carl on November 15, 2017. We spoke about his time working with Ernie Ragsdale, his time working in Council Finance, the challenges of being Reservation Director, as well as a host of characters and really just simple mechanics about how and why things work the way they do.

To be honest, it was a much more frank and honest conversation than I had expected! Carl and I spoke for almost 2 solid hours. If you know Carl, you know this by itself is a major accomplishment!

Nevertheless, these are two hours I need transcribed.

Carl’s story represents the modern era and what Scouting–and Scout camp–have been trying to accomplish for the last twenty years. It’s a story that is perhaps more complex than you might first think and it is part of the story I want 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.

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Carl Adkins at the Health Lodge for our interview, November 2017.

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**I have entered the final two weeks of my campaign and am quite short of my goal. Please remember any sized contribution brings my closer to my goal. I’ll spend the next two weeks showing you why you should contribute!**

This gentlemen is Jason Bradford. Jason worked at Parnell and Craig from 1990 to 1997, serving in the Kitchen, the Activity Yard, and the Waterfront. Tom Willhite, Larry Green, and Ron Turpin were his Reservation Directors and Jerry Barnett and Kerry Parker were his program directors. He was on staff as it transitioned from the Willhite era to the modern era.

Jason and I worked the same years and his story is as much my story as any other single person. We were allies and adversaries; we were–we are–family.

I conducted an interview with Jason on April 2, 2018. We spoke–and laughed and reminesced–for four hours. This is an interview I need transcribed.

Jason’s story is critical to the bigger story of Boxwell’s centennial. He represents the transition into the modern era and bumps that transition brought. This is part of the story I want 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.

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Jason Bradford, Craig Veranda, April 2018

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This gentlemen is Ken Connelly. He’s retired now, but he was a professional Scouter for a long, LONG time. In fact, he was a District Executive in the 1960s and later Finance Director in the 1970s. He eventually got his own Council and then came back to Middle Tennessee as Council Executive in the early 1990s. He then went on to Regional and National Posts before retiring back in the mid-state area. He has vast experience!

And in terms of Boxwell, why does he matter? He was a Camp Director in 1967. He was the Finance Director during the 1972 Capital Development Campaign. He was on the “Blue Ribbon Committee” that investigated the Ward Akers allegations in 1975. He was the Council Executive for the 1994 Capital Development Campaign. In short, he’s been around for some pretty major moments.

We had a fantastic chat down at the Jet Potter Center on December 11, 2017. In fact, we spoke for over four hours!

This is an interview I need transcribed. Indeed, Ken’s interview is critical to understanding the inner workings of the Council at several crucial moments in Boxwell’s modern history.

Please, time is running out. There are only two weeks left in this campaign; 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.

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Ken Connelly, former Council Executive, on December 11, 2017

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Allow me to introduce you to two of the three Human Sisters. That’s Cindy Human on the left and elder sister Lisa McCormack on the right (not pictured is LeAnn Hilliard). These are the daughters of former Reservation Director Ed Human and I sat down with them in July of 2016.
 
Obviously, we discussed their father and what they remembered of Ed and his work with the Scouts. But of equal importance was their time at Camp Murrey, the family camp. From 1970 to 1975, the girls spent every summer, ALL summer at Murrey. The girls quite literally grew up at Boxwell. This interview captures a world that no longer exists as Murrey disappeared with the arrival of CubWorld in 1995.
 
The interview was approximately two hours long and… wait for it… needs to be transcribed.
 
My conversation with Ed Human’s daughters explores the importance of family to Boxwell, both the literal version and the figurative version. 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.
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Two of the three Human Sisters, July 2016.