Staff Updates

As is always the case, when we get information about a staff member (former or current) in the news, we like to share it. Assuming it is good information, of course!

This week, we give you an update on a Rock Island Staff member, a former kitchen boy by the name of Buford “Booty” Reed.  Booty is the Executive Director of the Dickson Housing Authority, an organization he has been working for since 1983.  He was recently honored with a Lifetime Achievement Award for his 60 years–that’s right, 60 years–in Scouting.

Remembering the Staff, 2000s

Here is our final installment of “Remembering the Staff.”  Once we get the 2018 staff photos, we’ll upload those to the website.  In the meantime, let’s take a look back at 2008.  Carl Adkins was Reservation director and Steve Belew was the head ranger.  Nat Hudson was Program Director at Stahlman, while Aaron Patten was Program Director 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, though we don’t know who was in charge that summer (a glaring hole we’re working on fixing!).

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

Stahlman 2008

Camp Stahlman Staff, 2008

Craig 2008

Camp Craig Staff, 2008

Cubworld 2008

CubWorld Staff, 2008

Pool 2008

Reservation Pool Staff, 2008

Admin staff 2008

Reservation Administrative Staff, 2008

Happy Boxwell Day!

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 2018

The four Boxwells: Linton, Narrows of the Harpeth, Rock Island, Old Hickory Lake

Remembering the Staff, 1990s

We now look at the final years of the 20th century!  1998 was the last year of Camp Parnell as a Scout resident camp, though no one knew that the time. Ron Turpin was in his second year as Reservation Director.  Ron Ramsey was in his third year as Program Director at Stahlman and Michael Salazar completed his first at Parnell.  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 was heading the Boat Harbor.

And, despite all this great detail, we have no staff photos for ANY of these groups for 1998.  In fact, the ONLY photo evidence we have from 1998 at all is a photo of the 1998 staff hat and so that’s what we provide for you today.

1998 staff hat

1998 Staff Hat, photo from Chris Hubbard.

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 13.  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.

We have no Camp Stahlman staff photo, but we do have the Parnell Staff photo for 1988.  Despite the fact that the photo is labeled “Parnell 1990,” it is definitely the 1988 staff.

Parnell 1988

Camp Parnell Staff, 1988.