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.

On This Day, January 25

On this day–Sunday, January 25, 1959—the Capital Campaign for the Old Hickory Lake Boxwell kicked off. The kick-off was a potluck dinner at the Tennessee Air National Guard hangar at Berry Field. The goal of the campaign was $891,000 to build a new multi-camp site on Old Hickory lake. E. B. Stahlman, Jr. chaired the campaign.

E. B. Stahlman
Council President Portrait

From the Archives, January 25, 2021

Floating Platforms, 2010

In May 2010, the mid-state was hit with what was called a 500-year flood, some even called it a thousand year flood. Regardless, it was a lot of rain.

Steve Belew was head ranger at the time. He described the 2010 flood this way: “The [Corps of Engineers] signs marked the top of Old Hickory Dam and once it breached the top, the waters leveled off. We lost the only road into Boxwell on the first morning and had to evacuate an NYLT group out of property through high water before having to shut it down because the waters were too swift. I had a PFD on and a lot of rope and was tying platforms and picnic table to trees during the flood to keep them from floating away. It worked out but probably not the smartest thing I’ve ever done. After the waters receded people came out and wanted to know why we had platforms and picnic tables hanging from tree tops, one of those things you just had to be there! It broke the docks free from their moorings and after the river slowed down I had the help of TWRA to locate them and drag them back up river.”

Given the situation, it makes sense they couldn’t catch all the platforms in time. This one made a break for it.

Floating Platforms
A tent platform floating in the lake, May 2010

On This Day, January 21

On this day–Saturday, January 21, 1984–Boys Will Be Men: Middle Tennessee Scouting Since 1910 by Wilbur F. Creighton, Jr. and Leland Johnson was reviewed after being published at the end of 1983. Johnson was a professor at Vanderbilt. Creighton was not only the president of Creighton Foster Construction, but the son of Council President Wilbur F. Creighton, Sr. and an attendee of the Linton Boxwell. Boys Will Be Men is as much memoir as it is history.

Boys Will be Men
A review of Creighton and Johnson’s history of Middle Tennessee Council

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.