From the Archives, July 15, 2018

Cubworld Take-down

As hard as it may be to believe, Summer Camp 2018 is now over. Last week, Camp Craig closed down. Thursday, CubWorld followed suit. And then yesterday, Camp Stahlman and the rest of the reservation wrapped up their programs. Camp will be relatively quiet for week and then the National Guard will come out for week.

This week’s photo thus shows a small piece of the takedown experience. Here we see members of the CubWorld staff working on packing up the folding cots that camp uses to be stored for the off season. Nothing particularly remarkable here; just young people working hard to get the job done!

After take-down is complete, the staff gathers one last time to say goodbye. And then, just like that, camp is over and this particular staff will never be together again.

CubWorld takedown

CubWorld staff folding up cots and packing them away for the off-season.


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 2018

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

Boxwell Update, July 1, 2018

More to enjoy

No matter how much time you spend out at Boxwell, there is always something new to discover. Sometimes what you discover are things that are right in front of your face! Two items this week, though only one of these is legitmately new.

First, we discovered that on Thursdays, Stahlman and Craig offer a “Meal Deal.” The Trading Post staff borrows a grill from Fehrmann Training Center and cooks up cheeseburgers and bratwurst on the spot. For $6 you get a burger/brat, chips, and a cola. It’s a great deal and tasty! Going on now for over six years, some weeks a single camp will sell over a hundred burgers in a two hour period. But its only on Thursdays, so choose your day to visit carefully!

Second, if you’ve been out to camp this summer, you may have noticed some red picnic tables like the ones shown here. The tables came from the Charles B. Bass Correctional facility. Sold by the state to a private corrections corporation, the old material had to be removed. The Scouts got a shot at some of it and you’ll find 80 tables scattered around. That’s right–prison tables at camp!

Only two more weeks left in the 2018 camping season. And don’t forget–July 5th is Boxwell Day. Do you have you celebration planned yet?

Meal Deal

The Meal Deal at Stahlman’s Trading Post. $6 for a burger or brat, chips and a drink!

Red tables

Tables from the old Charles Bass Correctional facility.

Boxwell Update, June 24, 2018

New Structures

As noted on Friday, there are several new structures at Boxwell for 2018. The new Reservation Director and the permanent ranger staff–Rob Ward and John Zumbro–have clearly been busy! Here’s a quick run-down of what’s new.

1) CubWorld has seen several changes. Site 9 was moved across the road and site 10 was added where Site 9 was. The BB Gun and Archery Ranges were moved from the far side of camp much closer to where the action is. The Ranges are part of a joint area now, right next to the new site 10.

2) The move of the ranges at CubWorld has been accompanied by a new pavilion/shelter. This shelter, shown here, is right between the ranges and the Pfeffer Aquatics Center. A second similar shelter is in the activity field between the dining hall and Pirates’ Cove. (See the map).

3) Both Stahlman and Craig have gotten additions as well. Both Archery Ranges are getting a new range shelter. Stahlman’s, shown here, is completed; Craig’s is still under construction.

4) Additionally, adjacent to each Archery range is a new tomahawk range. Yes, you read that correctly: tomahawk range.

5) Finally, the never-ending evolution of the shotgun range continues. At one point nothing more than a tarp and a mobile clay pidgeon launcher, the current range now has this brand new pavilion from which to shoot!

There are rumors a-plenty about some upcoming changes, but we’ll hold off on those right now. We want to have something to tell you later!

Archery Range

Entrances to the new Archery and BB Gun ranges at CubWorld.


One of two pavilions at CubWorld. This one is between the Archvery/BB Gun ranges and the Boating area.


The new Archery Range shelter at Camp Stahlman


Camp Craig’s tomahawk range


New Shotgun Range Pavilion