Happy July Fourth

Happy Fourth of July from the Team at VirtualBoxwell.org!

Joint campfire closing, 1990.  Collection of Grady Eades.

Burning Flag
Much like the Burning Eagles that close Friday night campfires, in the mid-80s and early 90s, the Burning Flag closed the July Fourth campfire. The major difference between the two burning objects was that the Flag was several times larger than the Eagles, so that it could be seen from the Amphitheatre.

On This Day, July 1

On this day–Tuesday, July 1, 1975–Larry Brinton of the Nashville Banner ran an article accusing Middle Tennessee Council Executive Ward Akers of an inappropriate salary and nepotism. This was the first of a series of articles by Brinton over the next several days that would uncover “abuses” by Akers, which the Council was forced to address. Akers ultimately resigned as a result of the investigation in hopes of protecting the council itself.

Brinton, Akers
Larry Brinton, “Akers Steps Aside During Full Review of Scout Program,” _The Nashville Banner_, July 11, 1975, pg. 1, 18.

On This Day, June 28

On this day–Tuesday, June 28, 1921–the site of the very Boxwell was chosen. The site was the Samuel S. Morton farm in Linton, Tennessee. Morton had married into the Allison family, which owned a great deal of farm property in the area. Linton itself was on the old Harding Road (today Highway 100) between Bellevue and Fairview. The first Boxwell had no permanent buildings, camped 60 Scouts, and used four acres of the Morton farm.

Linton Campsite
From _The Nashville Banner_ August 28, 1921. The caption reads: “The Scout Camp and One of the Troops which occupied it.”

On this day–Tuesday, June 28, 1938–the very first Order of the Arrow elections were held at Boxwell at the Narrows of the Harpeth. The OA Wa-Hi-Nasa Lodge had been formed earlier in the year also at the Narrows. This was the first selection of new members from the Scouts who were in camp at the time. Elections during camp were the norm for many years.

Narrows of the Harpeth Camp Boxwell SIgn

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.

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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.