Boxwell History Book Pre-Order

This is it! Pre-order on the first ever Boxwell History book, For the Good of the Program, ends tomorrow, August 31. Copies bought during the pre-order will be signed by the author.

Written by historian and former staff member Grady Eades, For the Good of the Program explores how a changing society led to changes in the Scouting program as delivered as summer camp. It utilizes a hundred years of newspaper articles and hundreds of hours of interviews and personal stories. It tells about the personalities who made the camp program happen and how Boxwell has changed over the last century.

Order your copy here:

For the Good of the Program

For the Good of the Program: A Century of Middle Tennessee Scouting at Boxwell, 1921-2021

Have you ordered your history of Boxwell yet? The book contains history on all four Boxwell locations, maps, photos, and stories. As explained by one former staff member from the Willhite era who read an early draft explained, “Reading through these chapters has been a pleasure. No matter which generation you belong to, reading this book will feel like sitting around the campfire with others from Boxwell’s history to tell stories, share experiences and what it means to wear the red hat. “

The book is available for pre-order until August 31, 2021 here:

2021 Summer Camp Staff Reunion

2021 Staff Reunion

Fellow staff, it is at last time to register for the 2021 Staff Reunion. You have three weeks (June 6 is the last day) to register for the event.

Cost is $20 per person and that covers dinner, a t-shirt, and a patch. You will get a Staff Reunion t-shirt, but can also purchase a Boxwell Centennial t-shirt for the non-staff members of your family. Or you can just register for dinner. Additional t-shirts ($10) and patches ($5) are available as well.

If you haven’t used Doubleknot before, I would encourage you to move slowly and read the directions as you go.

This is it ladies and gentlemen. We’re looking forward to seeing everyone on July 3rd!

Below are the designs for the Staff Reunion t-shirt, the Centennial t-shirt, and the Reunion patch.

2021 Reunion Patch
2021 Staff Reunion patch

From the Archives, May 2, 2021

A History of Boxwell, Part 2: The Narrows, 1930-1948

We have a special treat for this week. Since the start of the year, we’ve been kicking off the first post of the month with a video of some kind. We’ve posted both promotional films and original. This week we do both.

The first film is an original Scout made film from 1940, titled “A Day at Camp Boxwell.” Made by James Kilgore of Troop 26, this was the very first promotional film of Boxwell. It was used by the Nashville Council to promote the summer camp program at the Narrows of the Harpeth Boxwell. It is a silent film, but a unique glimpse into life at summer camp in the pre-World War II period.

The second film is one of our own creation. Like the Linton film last month, we continue our video history of Boxwell. This month we look at Boxwell at the Narrows, combing footage from Kilgore’s film and other archival material. We think it’s pretty good, but we’re biased. We plan to continue this journey for the next several months.

So, sit back, take a few minutes out of your day, and enjoy the shows.

“A Day at Camp Boxwell” by James Kilgore:
The History of Boxwell || Part II: The Narrows Boxwell, 1930-1948:

On This Day, April 11

On this Day, Monday, April 11, 1949, the Executive Committee announced that Boxwell was moving. The camp would be moving to a new location–the summer home of the University of Michigan football coach Fielding Yost. Yost had passed away and his children were not interested in what was essentially hunting property. Council Executive Ward Akers did not care for the Narrows of the Harpeth location and so this new site in Walling, TN was secured. On lease at first, it was purchased outright for $12,000 later in the year. But it was this Monday in 1949 that was the start of “Boxwell III,” or the Rock Island Boxwell.

The article here shows the work that went into building the camp in June 1959. “200 Acres near Rock Island Soon To Start Humming,” Nashville Tennessean, June 12, 1959, pg. 24

Rock Island