The stars really aligned on this one, but in all the wrong ways! Camp Parnell was closed in 1977 as part of its new rotation with Camp Craig. Craig and Stahlman were both open, but for neither camp do we have a staff photo. Either one was not taken or one simply has yet to migrate into our hands.
At Stahlman, the Program Director was Russ Parham and the Camp Director (still a professional then) was Allen Jones. At Craig, the Program Director was… wait for it… Ernie Ragsdale! The Camp Director was Don McKinney.
The photo here is of the 1977 Staff Hat patch–the first year of the Tom Willhite staff hats. Patch from Boyd Williams of Middle Tennessee Council Patches.
1977 Boxwell Staff Hat Patch
Fortunately, we have staff photos for both Stahlman 1967 and Parnell 1967. Stahlman’s Program Director was Chester Lefever (and Tom Parker for part of the summer), while Parnell’s Program Director was Jimmy Joe Jackson.
Camp Stahlman Staff, 1967
Camp Parnell Staff, 1967
Camp has begun, so it is time to revisit our “Remembering the Staff” series. Every week while summer camp is going on, we will make a post showcasing the staff of different decades. Remember, of course, that you can find all of the staff photos here: http://www.virtualboxwell.org/staff.php
So, following tradition, this first week focuses the Rock Island staff. Unfortunately, we don’t have a Rock Island Staff photo for 1957. Last year, we didn’t have a 1956 staff photo, so we provided you with a welcome letter from the camp directors. This year, we’ll provide you with a 1957 thank you letter from the Camp Directors Richard Parker and Don Starin. From the collection of Bob Alley.
An end of season Thank You Letter to Bob Alley from the 1957 camp directors.