Kitchen staff rarely gets the love they deserve. While one of the hardest work and most essential jobs on staff, the kitchen staff is often made of first year staff members. As we all know, a poor first year experience in the kitchen can taint a person for years.
Yet despite how critical these jobs are, Kitchen staff are often forgotten. There are few staff photos of just the kitchen staff. And again, because so many are first year staff, sometimes whole groups just disappear. The accepted wisdom is, if the staff member is any good, he will move out to a program area. Conversely, to be program staff and sent back as a director was a duty no one wanted.
In our archives, we only have a handful of Kitchen staff photos. Here is one: the 1996 Parnell Kitchen Staff. While they didn’t know it, they were one of the last Parnell Kitchen staffs. L-R Front row: Jimmy Nichols, Ross White, James Littlefield; Back Row: Jason Pedersen (Director), David Lavender, Jamil Matthews, and Robert Worden.
The VirtualBoxwell team is sad to announce the passing of Bill Freeman. Bill was a long time Scouter and in recent years served as the Scoutmaster of Troop 200. For Boxwell, Bill was the Head Ranger, coming on after the retirement of Willie Claud in 1995. He stayed on at Boxwell through FOUR Reservation Directors: Larry Green, Ron Turpin, Pat Scales, and Carl Adkins. He retired in 2006. Boxwell was his second retirement with his first coming after 38 years with Nashville Electric Service. This connection with NES led to a great number of telephone poles being donated to Boxwell, including the uprights used for the Al Hendrickson Tower at COPE.
Bill loved to talk to people when they came up to camp, spending large chunks of time swapping stories. And of course, everyone who knew him for any period of time always commented on his enormous hands that would dwarf others when shaking hands.
Bill had been sick for awhile before his passing on December 3, 2022 at the age of 88. He is survived by his wife of 58 years and his children. Services will be held this Friday in Goodlettsville. Details in the link.
Unlike the other waterfronts, Parnell’s boating area was separate from the swimming area. The boat house was on a small peninsula and a small inlet–basically a little lagoon–split the area. For most years, Scouts circled the lagoon to the boat area by means of a small trail.
However, in 1992, the Parnell waterfront staff came up with a new solution: a swinging bridge. Four cables stretched the lagoon and a series of six foot wooden sections were laid on top of the lower cables. Ropes literally tied the top cables to the bottom cables and the whole thing rested in two crossed poles on either end. For good measure, the waterfront staff anchored an inflatable gator or two in the lagoon.
So, this week two photos. One is of a scout crossing the lagoon on the swinging bridge. The other is the 1992 Parnell Waterfront staff, proudly taking their staff photo on the bridge. From left to right are Doug Gruber (we think), Ron Hughes, Todd Metcalf, Kerry Parker (Director), Joey Boyd, Eric Cole, and Jack Wall.