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!
The four Boxwells: Linton, Narrows of the Harpeth, Rock Island, Old Hickory Lake
Happy Fourth of July from the Team at VirtualBoxwell.org!
Joint campfire closing, 1990. Collection of Grady Eades.
Burning Flag July Fourth Campfire closing, 1990
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…
A Scout being “serenaded” by staff for his birthday.
Parnell Music Department
We recently told you about some of the updates to camp this summer. After a quick visit this week, we found one more that you probably need to know about. The expansion of Parnell continues…
While STEM continues in the Parnell Dining Hall, just down the road at the Trading Post another repurposing is taking place. The Boxwell Music Department is now housed here. As you can tell from the photos, it is fairly simple operation in some ways, but reportedly has had good numbers for the first week.
The centerpiece of the new Music Department is the Artiphon, an electronic instrument that connects to an iPad. From here, the instrument will play virtually any sound. As the instructors told me on Thursday, they had basically finished the merit badge and we’re going to have a big jam session on Friday. There were enough Artiphon’s for everyone.
A demonstration of the Artiphon
Another view of the repurposed Parnell Trading Post
The Parnell Trading Post repurposed as the Boxwell Music Department.
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.