On This Day, January 28

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.

Ward Akers
A photo of Council Executive Ward Akers and his dogs circa 1973. Akers served as Council Executive from 1947 to 1975.

From the Archives, January 17, 2021

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.

April 7, 2013 || April 11, 2013 || April 14, 2013 || April 17, 2013 || April 21, 2013 || April 26, 2013

From the Archives, April 28, 2013

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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.

Dining Hall sans roof
An interior photo of the dining hall proper, here is Craig Dining Hall from the inside before the roof is completed.

Merry Christmas!

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…

Tom Willhite as Santa Claus as a Council Christmas party; 1980 Parnell Camp Director Buff Groth on his lap


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!

Boxwell Day, 2020