Site Updates, July 1, 2022

We made a few updates in the last couple of days.

First, the CubWorld Map was updated. We replaced Council Rock with Hackney Pavilion and corrected a showerhouse oversight. CubWorld only has two showerhouses. One is now designated as just for adults and one just for youth. Our map notes now reflect that reality and notes on each area now point to the nearest (relative) latrine instead of nearest showerhouse. Visit the CubWorld Map here:

Second, as we are now in the third quarter of the year, we have updated the banner image. Below is the original photo. As you can tell, we did a little editing to create a more visually pleasing image. In other words, we made it look better.

Website Updates: January 1, 2022

We’ve spent the last two weeks going through the website and making a variety of updates and changes. Almost every page either has a new edit, new content, new photos, or all of these.

Among the changes you should check out:
–New Staff photos and leadership updates for 2019-2021 on the Staff Page

–Photos from the 2021 Reunion on the Reunion page

–Updated maps and site location photos on the Camps page

–Revised content and new photos added to the Virtual Museum, including new CubWorld material

–Whole new pages added on the First Boxwells

–New link on the front page to buy copies of For the Good of the Program

–Updated copyright on every page to 2022

–Updated Banner image

More new material coming this as we celebrate 20 years of VirtualBoxwell! Below is the original photo for the new banner image. Photo by Ranger Steve Belew, January 30, 2010.

Merry Christmas 2021

As has become a tradition around here, we present you with Tom Willhite as Santa Claus. DE Buff Groth is asking for gifts!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!

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

From the Archives, December 12, 2021

Boxwell Reservation, 2001: A Prototype

Call it a touch of serendipity. 2021 marks the 100th Anniversary of Boxwell, but it is also the 20th anniversary of the very first version of VirtualBoxwell. Of course, VirtualBoxwell was really just a work in progress at this point. Most of Boxwell’s history was being transmitted out to staff through an e-mail news letter, Boxwell News. But on December 10, 2001, the first incarnation of Boxwell went live. Even the Council did not really have any Boxwell web presence at the time.

What is presented here is basically that webpage. The site begins with quick posting from me explaining why I had not sent out a Boxwell News in awhile and explaining how the site would work. The photos aren’t great, but they are a wonderful snapshot of Boxwell in 2001.

Credit to Russ Parham and David Smith who took pictures with me over the summer. The only change made to the site was the removal of my personal e-mail and link to a Boxwell News archive, neither of which exist anymore. Everything else is as it was in December 2001.

Boxwell Reservation 2001 ||

From the Archives, September 5, 2021

Boxwell History Video: Part 5

We are pleased to premiere our newest History of Boxwell video. This month we continue our look at Boxwell Reservation at Old Hickory Lake. Because the Old Hickory Lake location’s story is such a big period, we’ve broken the history into three parts. The first part covered the Akers years, 1960-1975. The second part premieres today and covers the Willhite era, 1976-1996.

This particular video utilizes pieces of the 1987 promotional film “Boxwell Adventure ’87” and the 1995 promotional film. Additionally, it pulls (mostly) music from Jason Bradford’s homemade film “Boxwell Reservation” (1998) as well as utilizes the slides used in Camp Promotion in the late 1970s. And, of course, you’ll see photos here we’ve never put out to the public before. It also includes narration by staff members from the period. We hope you enjoy it.

Next month, the Modern Boxwell, 1997 to present. Until then, enjoy the History Of Boxwell, Part V: Boxwell Reservation at Old Hickory Lake, 1976-1996.