Informal Poll

Informal Poll:
If we were to produce something for Boxwell’s centennial, what would you most like to see?
1) A full-on history book (250-300 pgs)
2) A short history book, heavy on anecdotes (150-175 pgs)
3) A coffee table book of photos
4) Something else entirely (give suggestions)
 
It is time to do some long term planning, so we’re curious what people would be most excited about.

News and Website Updates, August 2017

We have some site updates and Boxwell related news to pass on.

First, the news.  Reservation Director Carl Adkins has announced his retirement, effective December 31 of this year.  He will be a consultant for 2018 to help the transition for the new person, who has not yet been announced.  A new era is upon us!

Next, we’ve completed some site updates over the last few days.  Here are the changes:

2017 Staff Photos added.  Thanks to Meredith MaGuirk, Craig Carpenter, and Ed Mason for the photos.1996 Stahlman Staff Photo added.  Thanks to Alex Cox for submitting a “lost” photo!
Craig Updates: http://www.virtualboxwell.org/craig_staff.php
Stahlman Updates: http://www.virtualboxwell.org/stahlman_staff.php
Reservation Updates: http://www.virtualboxwell.org/reservation_staff.php

Staff Hats added for 2015-2017.  Thanks to Ed Mason for keeping tracking of these.
Staff Hat “Exhibit”: http://www.virtualboxwell.org/spex_staf_hat.php

There are more changes/updates coming this fall.

Happy Boxwell Day!

Happy Boxwell Day!

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.

To that end, we ask for two things from you:
1) 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!
2) Take this opportunity to share your favorite Boxwell stories in the comments AND, if you are staff member, contact an old friend and reminisce about years gone by!

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

Happy Boxwell Day everyone!

Boxwell Day

The four Boxwells: Linton, Narrows of the Harpeth, Rock Island, Old Hickory Lake

From the Archives, June 25, 2017

Happy Birthday to You!

Now that camp is well under way, it is hard to not think about mealtime program. There are skits and songs, Gizmo, and of course the dreaded “Announcements.”

And then there is the poor unfortunate soul who has his birthday while at camp. This person gets the supreme honor of being surrounded by the staff in close quarters, who begin to serenade the Scout. Then, realizing this was the “wrong song,” the staff shouts “Happy Birthday to You!” repeatedly at the Scout.

Here is that process unfolding at Camp Stahlman in 2004. We don’t know when these “celebrations” began, but imagine they will continue for some time…

Birthday song

A Scout being “serenaded” by staff for his birthday.