We’re ready to take a look at the staff of 1997 now. We don’t have a Stahlman staff photo and are not sure one was taken. We do have a Parnell Staff photo and a Boat Harbor Staff photo as well.
1997 was the first year Ron Turpin served as Reservation Director. At Stahlman, the Program Director was Ron Ramsey. His Camp Director was former Stahlman staff member Shane Gladden. Alex Cox was Commissioner, rounding at the big three there. At Parnell, Grady Eades was Program Director and Fred “Coach” Rigsby was his Camp Commissioner. There was no Camp Director at Parnell that year. Rick Ehler headed up the Boat Harbor.
Camp Parnell Staff, 1997.
Boat Harbor staff, 1997
Happy Boxwell Day!
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 almost 100 years to keep Boxwell alive and flourishing!
Happy Boxwell Day everyone!
The four Boxwells: Linton, Narrows of the Harpeth, Rock Island, Old Hickory Lake
Happy Fourth of July from the Team at VirtualBoxwell.org!
Joint campfire closing, 1990. Collection of Grady Eades.
Burning Flag July Fourth Campfire closing, 1990
Using the Range
It is easy to forget today, but the shotgun range wasn’t always located in Camp Light. For much of its existence, Camp Light was in fact as well as a name, a wilderness camp; there was nothing there. Shotgun was thus a bit more mobile. Often taught in the field between Stahlman and Parnell, pidgeon bits would often rain down on Parnell staff teaching Cooking merit badge below Showerhouse 1.
Around 1990, the shotgun range moved to its current location, but it looked nothing like it does today. Consistently of a small launcher, a picnic table, and a tarp, the site disappeared at the end of the summer. It was only with the 1994 Capital Development Campaign that the Shotgun Range began to take on the look we know today with a traphouse and concrete pads.
It isn’t a glorious location, but is now part of a larger program in the High Adventure Area. And, while it seems out of place in some ways, when one considers the history of the field trials at Boxwell, one wonders if the range shouldn’t have been closer to Akers’ Cabin (Fehrmann Training Center)!
The shotgun range in use in Camp Light
As is often the case when the summer arrives, we have made some updates to the site and more are on the way. And we are working on some new content, but we’re not quite ready there. In the meantime, here’s a quick run-down of the updates:
1. We’ve updated this year’s staff leadership. Visit the Staff Page, choose a camp, and go to 2010-2019. You’ll find a link there with the newest directors.
2. We’ve also added “Head Cooks” to the roster on the Administration charts. If you remember who the head cooks were from about 1999 to 2015, we’ve love the info.
3. We’ve updated the Woodbadge page with our new collection of photos.
4. Updated camp maps.
5. Updated copyright dates.
6. New Banner Image. We’ve added a new image as well. This is a Scout participating in COPE activities this summer.
Scout Participating in COPE activities