From the Archives, January 3, 2021

Celebrating Boxwell’s Centennial

Here we are: Boxwell’s Centennial Year! We’ve been planning for this for a long time and even now, all of our ducks aren’t in a row. But at Boxwell, there is a saying, “Improvise and Adjust!” I also recall my generation saying “Good enough for government work!” Either way, we’re moving forward!

We have several things on the board this year that we wanted to share. Here’s what you can expect from us over the next few months:

1) Our regular “From the Archives” posts along with some occasional “Archives Rewind” posts, when we pull particularly interesting older posts and run them again (and corrected if we made errors at the time). We’ve been doing this awhile now and not everyone has caught everything!

2) “On This Day” will be a new regular series for this year only. We’ve compiled a list of important moments in Boxwell’s history and when those dates roll up, we’re going to publish a notice telling you what happened. It will be short and sweet, but you’re going to learn new things.

3) This summer–specifically on Saturday, July 3–we are planning a Boxwell Centennial Day to celebrate Boxwell’s 100 years. The day will involve a staff reunion, celebrating those who have made Boxwell program happen over the years. Mark your calendars!

4) New content on the main website. Specifically, we’re looking at the Primer sections, where we want to add more “Boxwell Greats” and share stories.

5) In conjunction with the Council, we’re planning on publishing an ACTUAL history book on Boxwell. Tentatively, it is titled For the Good of the Program: A Century of Middle Tennessee Scouting at Boxwell Reservation. It will be the only history of Boxwell that has ever been written.

6) We are also planning on some short history videos on each of the Boxwells. These will be completely original content, written and produced by VirtualBoxwell. Fingers crossed that those won’t appear too amatuer-ish!

So, to kick the year off we want to put something out there we’ve discussed on several occasions, but have never made publicly available before: The 1967 Boxwell Promotional Film. We have posted the entire film on our new YouTube channel and we encourage you to watch it. It is a treat; a real look into days gone by.

This will not be the last promotional video we publish this year either. We’re pulling out all the stops for Boxwell’s Centennial. Please, check in often. In the immortal words of a great staff member, “Camp Is Rough, Camp Is Tough, I Like Camp!”

1967 Promotional Still
The opening direction sign, a direct capture from the 1966/1967 promotional film.

Website Updates, January 2, 2021

We’ve spend the last few days making the annual updates to the website. All copyrights have been updated for 2021.

Camp Stahlman and Camp Craig maps have been updated. Many of the site numbers have been changed to add some order to the chaos. The map updates reflect the new site numbers. New photos have been added for the shotgun range as well as the new showerhouses.

The “In Memory…” page has been updated to reflect the passings over the last several months.

There is a new banner image. This is one of four that will be used this year to reflect Boxwell’s Centennial. More on that soon…

Centennial Banner 1

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…

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

Site Update

As we do from time to time, we have updated the banner image on the main site to let you know we are still alive and active. This quarter’s photo is the Boat Harbor at sunset, taken September 2020 by Ed Mason. Below is the original.

Boat Harbor at Sunset, September 2020
Boat Harbor at Sunset, September 2020. Photo by Ed Mason

BOXWELL DAY 2020

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