From the Archives, January 3, 2021

Celebrating Boxwell’s Centennial

Here we are: Boxwell’s Centennial Year! We’ve been planning for this for a long time and even now, all of our ducks aren’t in a row. But at Boxwell, there is a saying, “Improvise and Adjust!” I also recall my generation saying “Good enough for government work!” Either way, we’re moving forward!

We have several things on the board this year that we wanted to share. Here’s what you can expect from us over the next few months:

1) Our regular “From the Archives” posts along with some occasional “Archives Rewind” posts, when we pull particularly interesting older posts and run them again (and corrected if we made errors at the time). We’ve been doing this awhile now and not everyone has caught everything!

2) “On This Day” will be a new regular series for this year only. We’ve compiled a list of important moments in Boxwell’s history and when those dates roll up, we’re going to publish a notice telling you what happened. It will be short and sweet, but you’re going to learn new things.

3) This summer–specifically on Saturday, July 3–we are planning a Boxwell Centennial Day to celebrate Boxwell’s 100 years. The day will involve a staff reunion, celebrating those who have made Boxwell program happen over the years. Mark your calendars!

4) New content on the main website. Specifically, we’re looking at the Primer sections, where we want to add more “Boxwell Greats” and share stories.

5) In conjunction with the Council, we’re planning on publishing an ACTUAL history book on Boxwell. Tentatively, it is titled For the Good of the Program: A Century of Middle Tennessee Scouting at Boxwell Reservation. It will be the only history of Boxwell that has ever been written.

6) We are also planning on some short history videos on each of the Boxwells. These will be completely original content, written and produced by VirtualBoxwell. Fingers crossed that those won’t appear too amatuer-ish!

So, to kick the year off we want to put something out there we’ve discussed on several occasions, but have never made publicly available before: The 1967 Boxwell Promotional Film. We have posted the entire film on our new YouTube channel and we encourage you to watch it. It is a treat; a real look into days gone by.

This will not be the last promotional video we publish this year either. We’re pulling out all the stops for Boxwell’s Centennial. Please, check in often. In the immortal words of a great staff member, “Camp Is Rough, Camp Is Tough, I Like Camp!”

1967 Promotional Still
The opening direction sign, a direct capture from the 1966/1967 promotional film.

Website Updates, January 2, 2021

We’ve spend the last few days making the annual updates to the website. All copyrights have been updated for 2021.

Camp Stahlman and Camp Craig maps have been updated. Many of the site numbers have been changed to add some order to the chaos. The map updates reflect the new site numbers. New photos have been added for the shotgun range as well as the new showerhouses.

The “In Memory…” page has been updated to reflect the passings over the last several months.

There is a new banner image. This is one of four that will be used this year to reflect Boxwell’s Centennial. More on that soon…

Centennial Banner 1

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you out there from all of us here at VirtualBoxwell!  Have a wonderful and safe holiday!

And, in what is now an official holiday tradition here, we give you this photo of DE Buff Groth (Camp Director at Parnell in 1980) sitting on the lap of Tom Willhite (Santa; Reservation Director, 1976-1994).

See you all again in 2021, the Centennial of Camp Boxwell. We have a few things planned…

Tom Willhite as Santa Claus as a Council Christmas party; 1980 Parnell Camp Director Buff Groth on his lap

Remembering the Staff, 2010

A mere ten years ago brings us the staffs of 2010. Hugh Travis was Council Executive and Carl Adkins was the Reservation Director. The Reservation had just celebrated its 50th Anniversary and had grown quite a bit over the previous ten years, especially in Camp Light in what is now known as the High Adventure Area.

Camp Stahlman was led by Danny Waltman as Program Director and Steve Eubank as Camp Director. At Camp Craig, Ian Weir was Program Director and Tony Turner was Camp Director. CubWorld was led by co-Program Director Jake Jones and Jody Looper and Camp Directors Lee Kashdan and Lindsey Sublett. And there is a slew of reservation programs! COPE was led by Nic Jared, the Boat Harbor by Michael Allen, the Shotgun Range by James Bryant, the NRA Light Rifle Program by William Bridgers, and the Pool by John Kasper. Steve Belew was the head ranger.

We have staff photos for Craig, Stahlman, CubWorld, Administrative Staff, and the Pool staff. All by John Kasper.

Camp Craig Staff, 2010
Camp Craig Staff, 2010
Camp Stahlman Staff, 2010
Camp Stahlman Staff, 2010
CubWorld Staff, 2010
CubWorld Staff, 2010
Administration and Support Staff, 2010
Administration and Support Staff, 2010
Reservation Pool Staff, 2010
Reservation Pool Staff, 2010

Remembering the Staff, 2000

The Millennium staff of 2000 had a lot going on! Joe Long was now Council Executive and Ron Turpin was Reservation Director. Because of the 1994 Capital Development Campaign, the Boat Harbor was now back in full force and Murrey had been transformed into CubWorld. Parnell however was closed and would never again see the light of day as a resident camp.

Stahlman was led by Program Director Andy Verble and Camp Director David Williams. Camp Craig was led by Program Director Michael Salazar and Camp Director Carl Denton. COPE was led by Lance Ussery and Bill Freeman was the head ranger. Both the leadership of the Boat Harbor and CubWorld have, unfortunately, been lost to history.

Shown here is a full Boxwell staff (entire reservation) photo as well as a Stahlman Staff Photo and a Craig Staff photo. All taken by John Kasper (we think).

Reservation Staff, 2000
Boxwell Reservation Staff, 2000
Camp Stahlman Staff, 2000
Camp Stahlman Staff, 2000
Camp Craig Staff, 2000
Camp Craig Staff, 2000