On this day, January 28, 1949, the Nashville Council was officially reorganized into the Middle Tennessee Council. This reorganization was the culmination of a number of changes instituted by Ward Akers since joining the Council in September 1947, including new districts and new district executives. The Council now served thirty-five counties through twelve districts. This reorganization will also led to a new Boxwell later that year.
Repost from April 28, 2013 || Craig Dining Hall
Part of our plan for celebrating Boxwell’s Centennial was to showcase some of our previous posts. We’ve been making weekly “From the Archives” posts since the end of 2012, so it is likely you might have missed a few items! So, to that end, we wanted to bring a few items back to the forefront… and correct the record if we made any mistakes.
We thought we’d start this process with a “full circle” post. Part of the Council’s Centennial Campaign was to renovate Craig Dining Hall, especially the roof. We showcased some of this work in May 2019. But we thought it might be nice to circle this back around to Craig Dining Hall’s construction in the 1972 Capital Campaign. Below is our original post of Craig’s construction on April 28, 2013. We’ve included a few other related links here as well.
From the Archives, April 28, 2013
With the start of summer camp right around the corner, we will be wrapping our exploration of the 1972 Capital Development Campaign soon. Indeed, there are even some ideas about how to make the summer camp weeks a bit more exciting!
In the meantime, we need to finish up with the aftermath of the ’72 campaign. And right now, we need to finish Craig Dining Hall. Here is an interior photo of the dining hall proper, sans roof.
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to all of you out there from all of us here at VirtualBoxwell! Have a wonderful and safe holiday!
And, in what is now an official holiday tradition here, we give you this photo of DE Buff Groth (Camp Director at Parnell in 1980) sitting on the lap of Tom Willhite (Santa; Reservation Director, 1976-1994).
See you all again in 2021, the Centennial of Camp Boxwell. We have a few things planned…
Happy Thanksgiving November 26, 2020
What a year. Turkey in the woods at Camp Parnell. Happy Thanksgiving!
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 100 summers to keep Boxwell alive and flourishing!
Happy Boxwell Day everyone!