Your Camp Anecdotes

Over the last few weeks, we’ve been running a series called “Camp Anecdotes,” little short stories from staff members about their lives at camp. We have more of these and will continue to share them.

However, we’d also like to hear YOUR stories.  Take a few minutes and write down your two or three favorite camp staff stories.  Keep it clean, but tell the story in as much detail as you would like. Send it on to and we’ll make your story part of “the archive.”

And, hopefully, we’ll post it here in the near future!

Remembering the Staff, 2000s

It is the last week of camp and thus, the last decade of remembering the staff.  This week we go WAY back to… 2007.  And unlike some other years, we have A LOT of information for this year.  We have staff photos for Stahlman, Craig, CubWorld, and the Pool staff.  All Photos were taken by John Kasper.

In 2007, the Reservation Director was Carl Adkins.  At Stahlman, the Big Three were John Mitchell (Camp Director–the last year a professional did this job), Randy Coats (Program Director), and Steve Eubank (Camp Commissioner).  At Craig, the Big Three were Jeremy Belk (Camp Director), Jason Flannery (Program Director), and Rick Moore (Camp Commissioner).

Camp Stahlman Staff, 2007

Camp Stahlman Staff, 2007

Camp Craig Staff, 2007

Camp Craig Staff, 2007

CubWorld Staff, 2007

CubWorld Staff, 2007

Reservation Pool Staff, 2007

Reservation Pool Staff, 2007

Remembering the Staff, 1990s

We’re ready to take a look at the staff of 1997 now.  We don’t have a Stahlman staff photo and are not sure one was taken.  We do have a Parnell Staff photo and a Boat Harbor Staff photo as well.

1997 was the first year Ron Turpin served as Reservation Director. At Stahlman, the Program Director was Ron Ramsey.  His Camp Director was former Stahlman staff member Shane Gladden.  Alex Cox was Commissioner, rounding at the big three there.  At Parnell, Grady Eades was Program Director and Fred “Coach” Rigsby was his Camp Commissioner.  There was no Camp Director at Parnell that year.  Rick Ehler headed up the Boat Harbor.

Parnell 1997

Camp Parnell Staff, 1997.

Harbor 1997

Boat Harbor staff, 1997


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

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

Remembering the Staff, The 1980s

We’re up to the 1980s now in our Staff Remembrance program.  Unfortunately, we do not have a staff photo for Stahlman in 1987, nor are we sure that such a photo even exists.  However, the program director that summer was Ernie Ragsdale and he led a motley crew: Trent Craig as Commissioner, Jim Barr at the Waterfront, Jim Armstrong in the ConYard, Jack Holt in Field Sports, Web Webster in Handicraft, Mark “Mr. Mushroom” Johnson at Trading Post, and Tom Roussin in Kitchen.

We do have a staff photo for Craig staff in in 1987 (Parnell was closed as part of the two year rotation). The Program Director was Jerry Barnett with Mike Brown in the Activity Yard, Pat Deugaw (known here as “The Kool-Aid Man”–“Old Soldier” would come over a decade later) in Field Sports, Joey Boyd in Handicraft, David Qualls in Trading Post, and Mike “Yard-Ape” Yarbrough in Kitchen.

Craig 87

Camp Craig Staff, 1987