Website Update, July 12, 2024

2024 Staff Photos

We are pleased to publish the 2024 Staff photos.  Please visit http://www.virtualboxwell.org/staff.php and chose whichever camp you’d like review.

Or just check out the photos here.

Thank you 2024 staff for all you did for Scouting in the Middle Tennessee Council!

Craig Staff, 2024

Camp Craig Staff, 2024. Collection of Gavin Nixon.

Stahlman Staff, 2024

Camp Stahlman Staff, 2024. Collection of Ed Mason.

CubWorld Staff, 2024

CubWorld Staff, 2024. Collection of Jason Flannery

Reservation Staff, 2024

Reservation Staff, 2024. Collection of Jason Flannery.

Remembering the Staff

Boxwell Reservation, 2014

A mere decade ago, Carl Adkins was completing his 11th summer as Reservation Director. Steve Belew was finishing his last summer as Ranger. A host of Reservation-wide programs dotted the landscape. Michael Allen ran the Boat Harbor, while Ben Orban carried director responsibilities at COPE. James Bryant ran shooting sports and Sean Patten ran the pool. James Bosse was running the NRA Light rifle program at the yet-to-be-rehabilitated Camp Parnell.

In the main camps, there were some familiar names. Camp Director was now a volunteer position, no longer the responsibility of a professional. As a result, Camp Director replaced the Program Director as the stability of the Scouts BSA camps. At Stahlman, Steve Eubank served as Camp Director. His program director was Lee Craft and Robert Hutcheson his Commissioner. At Craig, the Camp Director was Tony Turner. His program director was John “JJ” Norman with Perry Bruce as Commissioner. At CubWorld, the Camp Director was still a professional Scouter. In 2014, that individual was Ryan Vaden. Program Director responsibilities were shared between Melissa Paris and Gaylon Greer. Larry Green was back as Camp Commissioner, a position he continues to this day.

Shown here are staff photos of Craig, CubWorld, and the Administrative staff. All photos by John Kasper. We do not have a 2014 of Stahlman, which is ironic as John Kasper was a Stahlman staff member!

Craig Staff, 2014

Craig Staff, 2014

Cubworld Staff, 2014

Cubworld Staff, 2014

Administrative Staff, 2014

Administrative Staff, 2014

Happy Boxwell Day!

HAPPY, HAPPY Boxwell Day! TODAY IS BOXWELL’S ANNIVERSARY!!

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.

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!

Thank you to all the professionals, volunteers and staff members who have worked for 100 summers to keep Boxwell alive and flourishing!

Boxwell Day, 2020

Remembering the Staff

Boxwell Reservation, 2004

Twenty years ago was an interesting year at Boxwell. Carl Adkins was starting his run as Reservation Director. At Stahlman, Ian Romaine served as Program Director, having done the same job at Craig the year before. Ben Parker (professional) served as Camp Director and Steve Eubank continued his return as Stahlman’s Commissioner. Parnell was now closed as a resident camp.  Craig was in the middle of a succession of single year Program Directors with Griffin Bridgers filling the role this summer.  Allen Crawford was his Camp Director and Howard Glossom, Camp Commissioner. At CubWorld, Dominick Azzara was Program Director with Dave Grimes and Greg Brown as Camp Director. Jonathan Azzara and Rob Martin served as Commissioners.

Rounding out this already extensive list were a host of others. Dave Barnett ran COPE in 2004. The Boat Harbor was run by Bob Painter. Bill Freeman was the Ranger. Misty Williams was the head cook.  Opening for the first time was the pool (run by John Kasper) and the NRA Light Rifle program (run by Pat Deugaw).  Joe Long was the Council Executive.

Shown here staff photos for the Stahlman, Craig, and CubWorld Staffs. Photographers unknown.

Stahlman Staff, 2004

Stahlman Staff, 2004

Craig Staff, 2004

Craig Staff, 2004

CubWorld Staff, 2004

CubWorld Staff, 2004

Remembering the Staff

Boxwell Reservation, 1994

1994 was the last year of Tom Willhite as Reservation Director. At Craig, Kerry Parker returned as Program Director and Jeff Hawkins (still a professional) served as the Camp Director. At Stahlman, Parnell-Craig alumnus Travis Spivey began his run as Program Director with Moses Caballero as his Camp Director and Andy Verble as Commissioner. COPE was enjoying its 10th summer, this time with Lance Ussery as Director. Willie Claud continued on a ranger, but this would be the last summer with Pearl Schleicher as cook.

1994 also saw the start of a capital campaign. CubWorld would replace Murrey the final year, making 1994 the final summer of the family camp.  Christy Willhite was its last director.

Seen here is the Staff photo for Craig in 1994, taken by Business Manager Russ Parham.  We do not have a Stahlman staff photo for this year.

Craig Staff, 1994

Craig Staff, 1994