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!
Camp-wide events are a long time staple. Historically, these events have been rooted in the individual camps. Recently, there has been a reservation wide event–the Boxwell Triathlon. The triathlon involves biking, swimming, and running. Here, some competitors rest after completing their leg of the event, which ends at Fehrmann Training Center/Akers’ Cabin/Ittabeena.
Competitors rest after their leg of Triathlon at Fehrmann Training Center.
As we explained back in October 2018, the history of Boxwell has been a changing story. Just like the Rock Island camp created a story for itself, so too did the Old Hickory Location. In fact, what you see here is one of the very first attempts at writing that “new” history.
There are several things that are interesting here and quite different from modern tellings of Boxwell Reservation. First, there is no mention of the different camps. Though Stahlman, Parnell, Murrey, and Light all opened in the summer of 1960, none are referenced here. Second, the history focuses a lot on the process of how the property came to be Boxwell. As the summer camp had not yet opened, there wasn’t much more to say.
This page came from the very first Staff Handbook in 1960. There was still plenty of time to build a history…
This young woman is Rachel Paris. I interviewed Rachel last year on July 12. We discussed Rachel’s time on the CubWorld staff, how CubWorld programs worked (wildly different from Boy Scout programs!), her long family connections with Boxwell, and what it was like to be a woman in an organization that often prides itself on its male-ness. We had a great conversation and I learned more than I could have hoped!
This was a shorter interview, but still ran a solid hour and a half. To be fair, Rachel was still working.
Rachel’s interview is one I need transcribed. Her experience provides insight into how the world of Boy Scouting–Scouting–has changed; she helps give a complete story.