nick cortese on July 6th, 2016

THE 2016 CAMP STAFF ALUMNI WEEKEND

ARE YOU READY TO HEAD BACK TO CAMP? July 30-31, 2016 T.L. Storer Scout Reservation

Enthusiasm is growing as the Alumni Weekend is fast approaching. Great activities and a fantastic menu are planned. If you haven’t registered yet, please do so.

Remember, this event is for former staff members from all scout camps historically part of Boston, Minuteman, or Yankee Clipper councils, including those who served at Adams Pond, Wild Goose, Parker Mountain, Sachem, Quinipoxett, Loon Pond, Fellsland, Massasoit, Sayre, Indian Pond, Onway, Wah-Tut-Ca, or Lone Tree.

The current staff is hard at work operating the camp and delivering a great program for the scouts, just as each of you once did. Come experience the unique feeling of being in camp once again, reliving memories and the special experience of being on camp staff. Importantly, meet and show support for the 2016 staff and see the improvements made through the hard work and generosity of the Camp Staff Alumni.

Walk the trails, see the program areas, swim at the waterfront or go fishing or boating, try the rifle or archery ranges and COPE course, and see the Scoutcraft and Nature areas. In particular, enjoy the traditional lobster and steak banquet, and sing and laugh during the evening campfire. Stay overnight if you wish. Have fun and help preserve the traditions of summer camp.

Your registration fee includes Saturday lunch, camp activities, the Lobster & Steak banquet, campfire, post-campfire deserts, and a commemorative Staff Alumni Weekend T-shirt. It also includes overnight accommodations (camp tents) on Saturday night — and Sunday morning “coffee and donuts” for those who wish to stay. Bring your kids and share your memories with them. There will be plenty of free time to get re-acquainted with old friends and meet new ones.

ALUMNI SPIRIT AWARD HONOREE

The annual presentation of the Alumni Staff Spirit Awards will follow the banquet. Our Honoree this year will be Nick Cortese, Camp Director at Adams Pond and staff at Storer Reservation from 1972-1976. Nick will be appropriately roasted by staff alumni who served with him. This should be a highlight of the weekend, and Nick will help lead the evening campfire.

FIELD TRIP TO WAH-TUT-CA SCOUT RESERVATION

There will be an optional field trip to Wah-Tut-Ca, Sunday July 31, from 9:00 – 11:00 AM at the conclusion of the Alumni Weekend. All are welcome. Gather at the Storer Reservation Dining Hall for a 9 AM timely departure. Chuck Eaton, the Council Scout Executive, will discuss the integration of Storer, Parker Mountain, and Wah-Tut-Ca Scout camps. Questions? Contact Bruce Colvin at bacolvin@juno.com or 781-910-7368.

CAMP PHOTOGRAPHS AND ARTWORK-New this year

There will be framed photographs of camp on display and available for purchase in the dining hall during the Alumni Weekend. For several years, Alumni have asked about professionally- prepared camp photographs for themselves or as a gift for others, and we have begun the process of making them available in 2016. So – bring your checkbook if you might want to purchase one. Let us know what photographs you would like to see in the future – aerial views, waterfront, parade ground, etc. Proceeds go to Alumni-sponsored camp projects – so it’s a great way to take a memory home while also helping the camp.

CHECK IN

Check in at the Storer Reservation Dining Hall. Just follow the signs! Registration will be from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Come early to meet and greet your old and new friends. See the camp staff and scouts as they perform their end-of-week flag and awards ceremony at the parade ground, beginning at 9:00 AM.

PARKING

Parking will be in the main lot near the camp entrance and Ranger’s house. Camp is still in session, so traffic must be kept to a minimum. If you require handicapped parking, or special accommodations, just let us know in advance or at check in. Also, if you are planning to bring an RV, there will be space provided; just let us know in advance.

WHAT TO BRING

Bring your old photos, yearbooks, patches, memorabilia, swim trunks, bug spray, fishing pole, flashlight, and rain gear (in case of liquid sunshine). Most of all, bring lots of stories to share with others. If you are planning on staying in one of the camp tents, bring a mosquito net and sleeping bag; campsites are reserved for us. Tents will have bunks and mattress pads. You can request a tent at check in (or bring your own tent).

DIRECTIONS TO CAMP IN BARNSTEAD NH

Although many of us could drive to camp with our eyes closed at one time, you may have to rely on your GPS or MapQuest for help. (Note: There have been reports that GPS systems may direct you to Province Road which has fallen into disrepair.) From Route 93 North, take Exit 9N for Route 28 North towards Hooksett, NH. Proceed along Route 28 to Route 126. Pass through Center Barnstead and then look for Bow Lake Road; turn right. Continue to John Tasker Road, turn right there, and follow that road to the camp entrance.

ALUMNI WEEKEND PRE-REGISTRATION

Adult/Friend/Spouse Camp Staff Alumni College/Student Camp Staff Alumni

Children of Camp Staff Alumni

$50.00 $25.00 $15.00

Note: Pre-registration is highly encouraged. Walk-in registration fees are $5 more than those listed above.

ALUMNI DUES (VOLUNTARY)

Annual $25.00 Lifetime $250.00

FOR MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT:

Tony Morganelli: tonymorganelli@comcast.net Dom Ilacqua: dominic.ilacqua@gmail.com

Visit T.L. Storer Alumni Facebook page for more info

https://www.facebook.com/groups/6747096205/

Register Today – And We’ll See You in Two Weeks!

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

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Council Merger Update:

Spirit of Adventure Council

Boston Minuteman Council merged with Yankee Clipper Council in July 2015.  Yankee Clipper historically extended north of the Boston Minuteman communities into southern New Hampshire.  The newly aligned council now extends in eastern Massachusetts from Boston to the New Hampshire border.

The Scout Executive is Chuck Eaton, former staff member at Storer Reservation in the 1980s.  As part of the merger, three scout camps in New Hampshire have been integrated to maximize program opportunities, creating a network of camps: Storer, Wah-Tut-Ca, and Parker Mountain – known as the “Northern Nexus.”

Storer and Wah-Tut-Ca are maintaining typical summer programs, with each camp having unique capabilities.  Parker Mountain is being used as a year-round, outpost-style camp.  It’s an exciting time for camping with this newly merged council that is maximizing resources, innovation, and staff skills.

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Excitement Builds

Within the Council

The Council Administrative Office is now located in West Cummings Park (Woburn, MA), to better serve our entire area. Camp Sayre now abounds with activity throughout the year, and as the flagship location of New England Base Camp, it is Open to Everyone (Scouts and the public), and provides an assortment of weekend programming and specialty weeks, such as winter camp and STEM camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  More than 15,000 scouts have participated at Camp Sayre during the past year, and that camp serves as a great stepping stone to the adventure and advanced activities at Council properties in New Hampshire (the “Northern Nexus”).

In addition to camp-related activities, the Council has reorganized staffing and made substantial strides regarding

 

 

 

Alumni Weekend:

Save the Date

The annual Alumni Weekend for former camp staff will be Saturday, July 30, at Storer Scout Reservation.  Detailed announcements will follow in June and July.  Last year’s event was great fun.  The current staff showed their enthusiasm and skills and, in return, heard plenty of old stories from alumni.

Come meet the current staff and old and new friends — walk the trails, see the program areas, enjoy the lobster and steak banquet, take a dip in the pond or go fishing or boating, and sing and laugh during the evening campfire.  Stay over Saturday night if you wish, and enjoy the sounds of sunrise in camp and Sunday brunch.

Former staff members from all scout camps historically part of Boston, Minuteman, and Yankee Clipper councils are welcome to attend, including those who served at: Adams Pond and Wild Goose (Storer), Parker Mountain, Sachem, Loon Pond, Massasoit, Sayre, Fellsland, Quinapoxet, Indian Pond, Onway, Lone Tree, or Wah-Tut-Ca.

Plan to be there, and families and friends are welcome!  Questions?  Contact Tony Morganelli at: tonymorganelli@comcast.net or 781-223-5999.

 

 

 

Work Weekend:

Save the Date

The Alumni Association is sponsoring a “Day of Service” at Storer Reservation on Sunday, June 26, to help prepare for the camp season and mentor current staff who will be arriving that weekend.  Alumni will work alongside the current staff as part of our commitment to teambuilding and mentoring.

What will we be doing?  Helping to set up campsites, prepare the dining hall and parade ground, truck crew, painting, and fixing and repairing all the various items that arise when camp first opens.  Essentially – helping to share the tradition of making the camp “Look Sharp” when it opens to scouts and parents.  Alumni are stressing the motto: “Show The Pride in 2016.”

We need your help, and it’s only one day of exercise in the woods to share your camp skills and teach others.  Please contact Nick Cortese if you can attend: ncortese@comcast.net or 617-733-9031.  We’ll be starting at 8:30 AM, but arrive when you can and bring work gloves; meet at the dining hall.  Lunch will be provided.  Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

Alumni-Sponsored Projects

The Alumni are promoting and raising funds to revitalize the Scoutcraft and Nature areas at Storer Reservation to better emphasize Scouting basics.  The new Scoutcraft area has been designed and construction begins this year; it will be located along Reservation Road.  The Nature/Science center will be next; that design is underway and it will be located at the site dedicated in memory of Tony Toto in 1975.

The Scoutcraft area will include a storage building, multiple teaching areas, a large cooking area, model campsite, and bridges and towers.  This area, combined with staff expertise, will help spur pioneering projects and outdoor leadership skills throughout camp.  The new Nature/Science Area will have an assortment of displays and facilities to promote science and exploration of the incredible natural resources on the Reservation.

Please consider making a donation to these great projects.   Write checks to:  Spirit of Adventure Council and please put “Camp Staff Alumni Projects” in the notation line.  Mail your check to:  Spirit of Adventure Council, Camp Staff Alumni Association, 600 West Cummings Park, Suite 2750, Woburn, MA 01801.  All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged.

Please contact Bruce Colvin if you have questions (bacolvin@juno.com; 781-910-7368).  Thank you!

 

 

 

“Buy a Brick”

Recognition Campaign

The Council and Alumni Association are partnering to recognize the contributions of hundreds of staff members who spent their summers working at scout camp during the past seven decades.  Starting this year, former staff from any of the current or former camps under the historic umbrella of the Spirit of Adventure Council can purchase a commemorative brick that will be installed next to the Storer dining hall, creating a physical memorial to those who have worn the staff uniform.

This campaign will help provide a permanent record of those who built and operated the camps and, importantly, it will provide funds to support alumni-sponsored camp projects at Storer and Parker Mountain.  Get on-board now and have your name among the first rows.  You can purchase a brick for yourself, for a former staff member you admired, or in tribute to a deceased staff member.  Let’s fill the space with dozens of bricks and be able to see the names of so many special contributors to summer camp success as troops and visitors walk past the dining hall.

What do you need to do?  A contribution of $250 is requested for each brick.  Write checks to:  Spirit of Adventure Council and please put “Brick Campaign” in the notation line.  Mail your check to:  Spirit of Adventure Council, Camp Staff Alumni Association, 411 Unquity Road, Milton, MA 02186.

Importantly, include with your check the following information:

  1. First name, middle initial, and last name
  2. Years on camp staff
  3. What camp(s)
  4. Highest staff position held.

Please also include contact information in case we have a question (phone, email).  Encourage others from your era to participate, so your decade is well represented.  Get your name included with others.

 

 

 

Alumni Are Helping!

Camp Staff Alumni continue to help improve facilities at Camp Sayre in Milton, adjacent to the council headquarters.  This past year, alumni helped build and revitalize cabins and enhanced program areas there.  They also are actively helping at Storer; for example, a team led by Jerry Mullin is improving the COPE course with a “vertical cave” challenge.

Alumni also participated in the Council’s annual “Merit Badge University” at Harvard University that brought together scouts and specialists for intense focus on specific merit badges.  That event was attended by about 400 scouts in March and April.  Many thanks to Nick Cortese (Pulp and Paper) and Steve Wallace (Criminal Justice) for donating their time and aiding the scouts who attended their merit badge classes.  We hope that other alumni will follow your lead in 2017.  Interested?  Contact Chuck Eaton at Chuck.Eaton@scouting.org

 

 

 

Summer Camp History

The new Spirit of Adventure Council includes camps affiliated with Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, Minuteman, Quannapowitt, Fellsland, and Sachem councils that merged over time into Boston Minuteman Council.  Similarly, North Essex, North Bay, Lone Tree, and Greater Lowell councils merged over time into Yankee Clipper Council.  This consolidation of councils spanned 55 years.

Storer Reservation (Adams Pond and Wild Goose), Parker Mountain, Sachem, Quinapoxet, Massasoit, Sayre, Loon Pond, and Fellsland are camps associated with the historic Boston Minuteman Council, of which only Storer Reservation in Barnstead NH remains active with a summer program for Boy Scouts.  In addition to Storer Reservation, Parker Mountain in Barnstead NH remains available for off-season and outpost camping, and Camp Sayre at the Council headquarters in Milton provides weekend camping year-round.  Camps historically associated with Yankee Clipper Council include Onway, Lone Tree, and Wah-Tut-Ca; the latter two still operate, as a summer Cub Scout camp and Boy Scout camp, respectively.

Regardless of the camp where you served on staff, the Alumni Association is for all former camp staff, with the goal to support Scouting, leadership development, and summer camp programs.   Not surprisingly, alumni from every camp have found common ground when sharing stories and program ideas.  It’s still scout camp, and alumni enjoy the feeling of entering camp, sharing memories, and contributing once again.

Is you Alumni Group listed our our website HERE? If not, please EMAIL us to make sure that it is added.

Collectively, alumni from various decades and camps can share their program successes, best practices, and professional skills to make camp incredible for the scouts who attend today.  Please participate as you can — and help find former staff to expand the alumni membership!

 

 

 

Membership

The Alumni Association is updating its membership directory.  If you can locate a former staff member, or have contact information to update for yourself, please contact Dom Ilacqua at dominic.ilacqua@gmail.com or Bruce Colvin at bacolvin@juno.com (781-910-7368).  Help make sure that you and others are on the distribution list for newsletters and event announcements.

 

 

 

Involvement

The Alumni Association is comprised of camp staff spanning seven decades.   As with any organization, there is an ongoing need for help with various tasks.  If you want a leadership role, or just help with one event, please contact Bruce Colvin at bacolvin@juno.com.   There’s something for everyone – from work weekends and social events – to fundraising and sharing of technical expertise and skills.

 

 

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admin on August 1st, 2015

THE 2015 CAMP STAFF ALUMNI WEEKEND

ARE YOU READY TO HEAD BACK TO CAMP?
August 1-2, 2015     T.L. Storer Scout Reservation

Enthusiasm is growing as the Alumni Weekend is fast approaching.  Great activities and a fantastic menu are planned.   If you haven’t registered yet, please do so.

Remember, this event is for former staff members from all scout camps historically part of Boston, Minuteman, or Yankee Clipper councils, including those who served at Adams Pond, Wild Goose, Parker Mountain, Sachem, Quinipoxett, Loon Pond, Fellsland, Massasoit, Sayre, Indian Pond, Wah-Tut-Ca, or Lone Tree.

The current staff is hard at work operating the camp and delivering a great program for the scouts, just as each of you once did.  Come experience the unique feeling of being in camp once again, reliving memories and the special experience of being on camp staff.  Importantly, meet and show support for the 2015 staff.

Walk the trails, see the program areas, swim at the waterfront or go fishing or boating, try the rifle or archery ranges and COPE course, and see the Scoutcraft and Nature areas.  In particular, enjoy the traditional lobster and steak banquet and sing and laugh during the evening campfire.  Stay overnight if you wish.  Have fun and help preserve the traditions of summer camp.

Your registration fee includes Saturday lunch, camp activities, the Lobster & Steak banquet, campfire, post-campfire deserts, and a commemorative Staff Alumni Weekend T-shirt.  It also includes overnight accommodations (camp tents) and Sunday morning “coffee and donuts” for those who wish to stay.  Bring your kids and share your memories with them.  There will be plenty of free time to get re-acquainted with old friends and meet new ones.

ALUMNI SPIRIT AWARD HONOREE

The annual presentation of the Alumni Staff Spirit Awards will follow the banquet.  Our Honoree this year will be Charlie Rogers, Camp staff at Indian Pond and Storer Reservation from 1973-1984.  Charlie will be appropriately “roasted” by staff alumni who served with him.  This should be a highlight of the weekend, and Charlie has agreed to help lead the evening campfire.

Field Trip to Parker Mountain Scout Camp

There will be a field trip to Parker Mountain, Sunday August 2, at the conclusion of the Alumni Weekend.  All are welcome, especially former Parker Mountain staff.  Gather at the Storer Reservation Dining Hall for a 9 AM timely departure.  Chuck Eaton, the Council Scout Executive, will discuss the planned revitalization of Parker Mountain as a year-round camping resource and adventure outpost serving scouts who attend Storer and Wah-Tut-Ca.  Questions?  Contact Bruce Colvin at bacolvin@juno.com or 781-910-7368.

CHECK IN

Check in at the Storer Reservation Dining Hall.  Just follow the signs!  Registration will be from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Come early to meet and greet your old and new friends.  See the camp staff and scouts as they perform their end-of-week flag and awards ceremony at the parade ground, beginning at 9:00 AM.

PARKING

Parking will be in the main lot near the camp entrance and Ranger’s house.  Camp is still in session, so traffic must be kept to a minimum.  If you require handicapped parking, or special accommodations, just let us know in advance or at check in.  Also, if you are planning to bring an RV, there will be space provided; just let us know in advance.

WHAT TO BRING

Bring your old photos, yearbooks, patches, memorabilia, swim trunks, bug spray, fishing pole, flashlight, and rain gear (in case of liquid sunshine). Most of all, bring lots of stories to share with others.  If you are planning on staying in one of the camp tents, bring a mosquito net and sleeping bag; campsites are reserved for us. Tents will have bunks and mattress pads.  You can request a tent at check in (or bring your own tent).

DIRECTIONS TO CAMP IN Barnstead NH

Although many of us could drive to camp with our eyes closed at one time, you may have to rely on your GPS or MapQuest for help.  (Note: There have been reports that GPS systems may direct you to Province Road which has fallen into disrepair.)  From Route 93 North, take Exit 9N for Route 28 North towards Hooksett, NH.  Proceed along Route 28 to Route 126.  Pass through Center Barnstead and then look for Bow Lake Road; turn right.  Continue to John Tasker Road, turn right there, and follow that road to the camp entrance.

Alumni Weekend Registration

Adult/Friend/Spouse Camp Staff Alumni ..………….. $50.00
College/Student Camp Staff Alumni ……..…………. $25.00
Children of Camp Staff Alumni …………….…….… $10.00

For more information, contact:

Tony Morganelli:  tonymorganelli@comcast.net or 781-223-5999
Dom Ilacqua:  dominic.ilacqua@gmail.com

Register Today – And We’ll See You in Two Weeks!

REGISTER TODAY!
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admin on August 1st, 2015
THE 2015 CAMP STAFF ALUMNI WEEKEND

IT’S TIME TO HEAD BACK TO CAMP
August 1-2, 2015     T.L. Storer Scout Reservation

In just a few weeks, former Camp Staff will have the opportunity to experience the unique feeling of being in scout camp once again — reliving memories and the special experience of being on camp staff.

Former staff members from all scout camps historically part of Boston Minuteman or Yankee Clipper councils are encouraged to attend, including those who served at Adams Pond, Wild Goose, Parker Mountain, Sachem, Quinipoxett, Loon Pond, Fellsland, Massasoit, Sayre, Indian Pond, Wah-Tut-Ca, or Lone Tree.  Come represent your staff and share memories and experiences.

Meet the current staff and walk the trails, see the program areas, swim at the waterfront or go fishing or boating, try the rifle or archery ranges and COPES course, and see the Scoutcraft and Nature areas.  In particular, enjoy the traditional lobster and steak banquet and sing and laugh during the evening campfire.  Stay overnight if you wish.  Have fun and help us preserve the great customs and traditions of summer camp.

Your registration fee includes Saturday lunch, camp activities, the Lobster & Steak banquet, campfire and post-campfire deserts, and a commemorative Staff Alumni Weekend T-shirt.  It also includes overnight accommodations (camp tents) and Sunday morning “coffee and donuts” for those who wish to stay.  Bring your kids and share your memories with them.  There will be plenty of free time to get re-acquainted with old friends and meet new ones.

The annual presentation of the Alumni Staff Spirit Awards will follow the banquet.  Our Honoree this year will be Charlie Rogers, Camp staff at Indian Pond and Storer Reservation from1973-1984.

Charles E. Rogers, Jr.
Scout Executive       Chester County Council, BSA
(C) 610 613-8221    Charles.rogers@scouting.org

Field Trip to Parker Mountain Scout Camp

There will be a field trip to Parker Mountain, Sunday August 2, at the conclusion of the Alumni Weekend.  All are welcome, especially former Parker Mountain staff.  Gather at the Storer Reservation Dining Hall for a 9 AM timely departure.  Chuck Eaton, the Council Scout Executive, will discuss the planned revitalization of Parker Mountain as a year-round camping resource and adventure outpost serving scouts who attend Storer and Wah-Tut-Ca.  Questions?  Contact Bruce Colvin at bacolvin@juno.com or 781-910-7368.

CHECK IN

Check in at the Storer Reservation Dining Hall.  Just follow the signs!  Registration will be from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Come early to meet and greet your old and new friends.  See the camp staff and scouts as they perform their end-of-week flag and awards ceremony at the parade ground, beginning at 9:30 AM.

PARKING

Parking will be in the main lot near the camp entrance and Ranger’s house.  Camp is still in session so traffic must be kept to a minimum.  If you require handicapped parking, or special accommodations, just let us know in advance or at check in.  Also, if you are planning to bring an RV, there will be space provided; just let us know in advance.

WHAT TO BRING

Bring your old photos, yearbooks, patches, memorabilia, swim trunks, bug spray, fishing pole, flashlight, and rain gear (in case of liquid sunshine). Most of all, be sure to bring lots of stories to share with others.  If you are planning on staying in one of the camp tents, bring a mosquito net and sleeping bag; campsites are reserved for us. Tents will have bunks and mattress pads.  You can request a tent at check in (or bring your own tent).

DIRECTIONS TO CAMP IN Barnstead NH

Although many of us could drive to camp with our eyes closed at one time, you may have to rely on your GPS or MapQuest for help.  (Note: There have been reports that GPS systems may direct you to Province Road which has fallen into disrepair.)  From Route 93 North, take Exit 9N for Route 28 North towards Hooksett, NH.  Proceed along Route 28 to Route 126.  Pass through Center Barnstead and then look for Bow Lake Road; turn right.  Continue to John Tasker Road, turn right there, and follow that road to the camp entrance.

Alumni Weekend Registration

Adult/Friend/Spouse Camp Staff Alumni .……….. $50.00
College/Student Camp Staff A……………………. $25.00
Children of Camp Staff Alumni ………………. … $10.00

For more information, contact:

Tony Morganelli:  tonymorganelli@comcast.net or 781-223-5999
Dom Ilacqua:  dominic.ilacqua@comcast.net

Register Today – And We’ll See You There!

Register Today!
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admin on November 2nd, 2014
Fall 2014
Camp Staff Alumni Newsletter

Boston Minuteman Council

In This Issue
Camp Staff Reunion Success
Spirt Award Winners
Parker Mtn Field Trip
Summer Camp History
Membership
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Dear Camp Staff Alum,  

Keep up to date on Camp Staff Alumni news.  Please forward this email to fellow former staffers who would like to subscribe.  In this email, you will find some great opportunities to help give back to Boston Minuteman Council scouting and the camp programs that influenced so many, by supporting programs that currently benefit knowledge and leadership skills among hundreds of scouts.

Camp Staff Reunion a Success

 

During August 2-3, about 50 camp staff alumni from Storer Reservation and Parker Mountain attended the annual staff reunion in Barnstead, NH.  Some brought their children, giving them an opportunity to see where their parents spent summers.

 Old friendships were re-affirmed, and old stories were remembered and shared throughout the weekend.  As always, Tony Morganelli, chairman of the event, did a fantastic job along with Dominic Ilacqua, membership chairman.

 

Program areas were open, and many alumni went swimming and boating, tried the rifle and archery ranges, and visited the climbing course.  Others went fishing or took walks around camp on old roads and trails, re-living memories and enjoying the great scenery.

Alumni watched as troops performed their weekly ceremony of
lowering the flag at the parade ground and received their recognition awards for accomplishments in camp.

 

The evening activities included an entertaining staff banquet with the alumni and 2014 staff -lobster, steak, potatoes, sweet corn, and incredible deserts.  Wow – the volunteer cooks did great!  A special thank you goes to Brian Lewis and Jamiesean Patterson.

 

Following the banquet, Nick Cortese hosted the alumni campfire.  Many alumni lead old camp songs and cheers; the current staff joined the fun, making their contributions as well.  Gerry Boyle lead everyone in the traditional song, “On My Honor.”

 

Bruce Colvin spoke at the end of the campfire, describing the history of Native Americans and early settlers in Barnstead.  He stressed the importance of conserving the camp’s natural resources and being stewards of the land, while respecting the spirit of the Native Americans who once lived there.  He thanked the current staff for an outstanding effort and challenged everyone to encourage alumni to attend the 2015 reunion.


 

Spirit Award Winners

 

The Alumni Association recognizes a current staff member and an alumnus each year for their contributions and unselfish leadership while on camp staff.  These two “Spirit Awards” were presented at the reunion.

 

One award went to 2014 staff member, Joseph Dailey, for his outstanding contributions to quality programs and willingness to help scouts achieve.  Joe developed a program tailored to older scouts; it is hoped that this program will expand in future years. 

 

The Association also recognized Gerry Boyle, former staff member at Parker Mountain and Storer Reservation spanning seven years, his last position being Camp Director at Adams Pond in 1971.  Gerry had a long career as a colonel in the Marine Corps and currently is the Presiding Justice in the Concord NH District Court.  Gerry remains actively involved in multiple leadership roles within Scouting, on the local and national level.  He spoke at the banquet about the importance of leadership as a camp staff member.  

Parker Mountain Field Trip

 

On Sunday morning following the reunion, about a dozen alumni took a field trip to Parker Mountain Scout Reservation where they served during the 1960s-1990s. The camp is now leased by the Council as Camp Beam, a summer arts camp.  Memories of program activities, staff areas, campsites, waterfronts on Little and Big Willey ponds, the parade ground at the dining hall, and the start of trails leading to the mica mine, Ledges, and Evans Mountain were all revisited. The scouting spirit, and echoes of troops, remains present among the campsites and buildings.

 

It was a great time – with alumni even re-enacting a skit at the campfire circle.  Remember this one – a staff member emerges from the woods slowly repeating “28 – 28 – 28” and wanders towards the pond edge; a second staff member jumps up from the audience and walks to the pond edge and questions “what’s going on” while looking into the pond – just to find himself pushed into the pond by the first staff member – who then turns and slowly walks away repeating, “29 – 29 – 29.”

 

We are planning another field trip to Parker Mountain following the alumni reunion next August. Spread the word and get ready!

Summer Camp History

 

The Camp Staff Alumni Association covers all summer camps under the historic umbrella of Boston Minuteman Council, including camps affiliated with Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, Minuteman, Quannapowitt, Fellsland, and Sachem councils that merged over time; the result being Boston Minuteman Council.  This consolidation, spanning 55 years, reflects economic decisions related to operations and property management, as well as membership levels now versus the 1960s-1980s.

 

Storer Reservation (Adams Pond and Wild Goose), Parker Mountain, Sachem, Quinapoxet, Massasoit, Sayre, Loon Pond, and Fellsland are camps associated with those historic councils, of which only Storer Reservation in Barnstead NH remains active with a summer program for Boy Scouts.  In addition to Storer Reservation, Parker Mountain in Barnstead NH remains available for off-season camping, and Camp Sayre at the Council headquarters in Milton provides weekend camping year-round.

 

Regardless of the camp where you served on staff, the Alumni Association is for all former camp staff, with the goal to support Scouting, leadership development, and summer camp programs.   Not surprisingly, alumni have found common ground when sharing stories and program ideas, regardless of the camp where they once served.  It’s still scout camp, and there remains opportunity for alumni to enjoy the feeling of entering summer camp, sharing memories, and contributing once again.

 

Just think — collectively, alumni from various decades and camps can share their greatest program successes and best practices, as well as their professional skills, to help make camp operations incredible for the scouts who attend today.  Please participate as you can — and help find former staff to expand the alumni membership directory!

 

 

Membership

  

The Alumni Association is updating its membership directory.  If you can locate a former staff member, or have contact information to update for yourself, please contact Dom Ilacqua at dilacqua@comcast.net or Bruce Colvin at bacolvin@juno.com (781-910-7368).  Help make sure that you and others are on the distribution list for newsletters and event announcements.

 

The Camp Staff Alumni Association was formed in 2007; it includes all camps historically part of Boston Minuteman Council: Adams Pond, Wild Goose, Parker Mountain, Sachem, Loon Pond, Massasoit, Sayre, Fellsland, and Quinapoxet.  In fact, former camp staff from any Council are welcome.  The leadership team built the organization, established roles and responsibilities, and continues to organize successful projects and reunions. Most importantly, a positive and credible relationship has been built with the Council and current camp staff. Together, we did it!


Please do not hesitate to contact a Board member to share ideas and suggestions, volunteer, or make a donation. Board members include Bruce Colvin (chairman), Nick Cortese (Council interface), Dom Ilacqua (membership), John Collins (Website), Lee Vergnani (Treasurer), Tony Morganelli (Reunion Committee), Greg Boyd (Projects). Board members also include the alumni Scoutmaster representing each decade, and volunteers for that role are needed.

 

Have you visited our website at:  www.bmccampstaffalumni.org    

 

Get involved in some way. Think about the Alumni Association motto:

        “We will give back to camp more than camp gave to us.”

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Bruce Colvin

Chairman, Camp Staff Alumni Association

bacolvin@juno.com

admin on September 24th, 2014
admin on July 30th, 2014

July 2014
Camp Staff Alumni Reunion

Boston Minuteman Council

In This Issue
REUNION: SIGN UP TODAY
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Alumni Reunion: Register Today!

The Reunion is This Weekend!

 

On August 2-3th, spend the weekend reliving memories of your summers spent as a Camp Staff Member. Whether you worked at Adams Pond Camp, Wild Goose Camp, Camp Quinipoxett, Loon Pond Camp, Indian Pond Scout Camp, Camp Sachem or Parker Mountain. As well as Camp Staff members from camps around the world.   You are invited to share this special weekend with old friends.

 

Participate in fun events, including tours of camp, waterfront activities & boating, use of the new Alumni built Archery Range, Rifle Range, fishing, C.O.P.E. Course, group pictures,  the weekly Saturday morning closing ceremony with the campers, and campfire Saturday evening. Most important,  plenty of free time to get re-acquainted with old friends and make new ones and to see for yourself what improvements have been made through the hard work and generosity of the Camp Staff Alumni. 

 

We will also be presenting the annual Tony Toto Spirit Awards.

Camp Staff Alumni Gerry J. Boyle will be this year’s alumni honoree along with one member of the 2013 Storer Camp Staff .

 

 August  2 – 3   2014

 

T. L. Storer Scout Reservation

Barnstead, New Hampshire

bmccampstaffalumni.org

 Sincerely,

 

Bruce Colvin

Chairman, Camp Staff Alumni Association

bacolvin@juno.com

admin on July 28th, 2014

July 2014
Camp Staff Alumni Reunion

Boston Minuteman Council

In This Issue
REUNION: SIGN UP TODAY
Join Our Mailing                                                List

Alumni Reunion: Register Today!

The Reunion is Less than 2 Weeks Away!

 

On August 2-3th, spend the weekend reliving memories of your summers spent as a Camp Staff Member. Whether you worked at Adams Pond Camp, Wild Goose Camp, Camp Quinipoxett, Loon Pond Camp, Indian Pond Scout Camp, Camp Sachem or Parker Mountain. As well as Camp Staff members from camps around the world.   You are invited to share this special weekend with old friends.

 

Participate in fun events, including tours of camp, waterfront activities & boating, use of the new Alumni built Archery Range, Rifle Range, fishing, C.O.P.E. Course, group pictures,  the weekly Saturday morning closing ceremony with the campers, and campfire Saturday evening. Most important,  plenty of free time to get re-acquainted with old friends and make new ones and to see for yourself what improvements have been made through the hard work and generosity of the Camp Staff Alumni. 

 

We will also be presenting the annual Tony Toto Spirit Awards.

Camp Staff Alumni Gerry J. Boyle will be this year’s alumni honoree along with one member of the 2013 Storer Camp Staff .

 

 August  2 – 3   2014

 

T. L. Storer Scout Reservation

Barnstead, New Hampshire

bmccampstaffalumni.org

 Sincerely,

 

Bruce Colvin

Chairman, Camp Staff Alumni Association

bacolvin@juno.com

admin on July 11th, 2014

July 2014
Camp Staff Alumni Newsletter

Boston Minuteman Council

In This Issue
Save the Date
Alumnus Elected Chairman
Day of Service
Join Our Mailing List
Dear Camp Staff Alum,

Keep up to date on Camp Staff Alumni news.  Please forward this email to fellow former staffers who would like to subscribe.  In this email, you will find some great opportunities to help give back to Boston Minuteman Council scouting and the camp programs that influenced so many, by supporting programs that currently benefit knowledge and leadership skills among hundreds of scouts.

Alumni Reunion: Register Today!

The Alumni Weekend planned for August 2-3 is fast approaching, and we hope to see you there.  Staff alumni from any scout camp are welcome to participate.  Check-in will be at the dining hall starting at 9 AM Saturday morning.  A separate announcement describes the event details, schedule, and payment.  Have questions?  Contact: tonymorganelli@comcast.net (781-223-5999) or dominic.ilacqua@gmail.com.

 

Please help get the word out by calling former camp staff from Boston or Minuteman councils.  Program areas will be open, and there will be a lobster and steak banquet Saturday evening followed by a campfire.  Camp sites will be available for overnight stay, and families are welcome.

 

Gerry Boyle, former Camp Director at Adams Pond and a former Parker Mountain staff member, is the alumnus being honored at the banquet.  Gerry had a career in the Marine Corps, is the Presiding Justice in the Concord NH district court, and remains actively involved in Scouting.

 

We hope to see staff alumni from every decade in attendance.  Tour the camp and meet the current staff.  We soon hope to say to you: “Welcome home!

 August  2 – 3   2014

 

T. L. Storer Scout Reservation

Barnstead, New Hampshire

bmccampstaffalumni.org

Field Trip to Parker Mountain

 

There will be a field trip to Parker Mountain offered Sunday morning August 3 at the conclusion of the Alumni Reunion Weekend.   All are welcome, especially former Parker Mountain staff.  Gather at the dining hall at Storer Reservation at 9:00 AM for a timely departure.

 

Parker Mountain Scout Camp was the primary camp of Minuteman Council and operated for decades starting about 1948.  Many staff members from Parker Mountain also worked at Storer Reservation; numerous staff shifted to Storer Reservation in the late 1960s and early 1970s when Tony Toto moved to Boston Council from Minuteman Council.

 

With the merger of Boston and Minuteman councils, Parker Mountain eventually ceased to operate as a summer scout camp but it continues to be owned by Boston Minuteman Council and is used for off-season troop camping.  It currently is leased as a summer creative arts camp called Camp Beam.

 

Many former staff members have not been to Parker Mountain in decades, and the Alumni Weekend will be an opportunity to revisit great memories there.  Take advantage of this opportunity to see the Willey ponds, remember the Hilltop and Sleepy Hollow staff areas, see former campsites such as Mohawk and Apache, and walk the roads and trails.

Alumni meet and work with 2014 Staff

The 2014 camp season is underway at Storer Reservation.  Staff alumni had the opportunity to meet and work with the 2014 staff on June 28, sharing skills by improving campsites for incoming troops.  Tent platforms were distributed, leveled, and prepared for the raising of canvass throughout the camp.

We wish the 2014 camp staff much success as they deliver great programs and continue the legacy of commitment by camp staff spanning more than 60 years.

The concept of a Camp Staff Alumni Association began late summer 2007 and, since that time, more than 200 alumni have joined the Association. The beginning years involved defining the organization, establishing roles and responsibilities, having successful projects and reunions, and setting up the website and financial management. Most importantly, it involved building a positive and credible relationship with Boston Minuteman Council and the current camp staff. Together, we did it!
Please do not hesitate to contact a Board member to share ideas and suggestions, volunteer, or make a donation. Board members include Bruce Colvin (chairman), Nick Cortese (Council interface), Dom Ilacqua (membership), John Collins (Website), Lee Vergnani (Treasurer), Tony Morganelli (Reunion Committee), Greg Boyd (Projects).  Board members also include the alumni Scoutmaster representing each decade, and volunteers for that role are needed. See the alumni website for details.

 

Have you visited our website at:  www.bmccampstaffalumni.org

 

Get involved in some way. Think about the Alumni Association motto:

“We will give back to camp more than camp gave to us.”

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Bruce Colvin

Chairman, Camp Staff Alumni Association

bacolvin@juno.com

 

admin on June 14th, 2014

June 2014
Camp Staff Alumni Newsletter

Boston Minuteman Council

In This Issue
Day of Service
Alumnus Elected Chairman
Save the Date
Join Our Mailing                                                List
Dear Camp Staff Alum,  

Keep up to date on Camp Staff Alumni news.  Please forward this email to fellow former staffers who would like to subscribe.  In this email, you will find some great opportunities to help give back to Boston Minuteman Council scouting and the camp programs that influenced so many, by supporting programs that currently benefit knowledge and leadership skills among hundreds of scouts.

Alumni: Get Ready for a Day of Service 

 

Mark your calendars and come to camp on Saturday June 28.  Alumni will be helping to prepare camp sites for camp opening.  This is a day of service by camp staff alumni, and all former staff members are encouraged to participate.

 

We need volunteers to help the camp and 2014 staff get off to a good start by making sure that camp sites look sharp and are ready for the first troops, parents, and scoutmasters.

 

Try to arrive at 8:30 AM or soon thereafter; we’ll meet at the dining hall.  Bring work gloves.  If you have hand saws or chain saws, please bring them in case there is downed timber to be cleared.  Levels, battery-powered drills, and hammers will be helpful for leveling and repairing tent platforms.  We’ll have crews working until 5 PM, and you can stay overnight if desired.

 

Please call or email Nick Cortese for details if you can attend:  ncortese@comcast.net or 617-733-9031.  We need volunteers – and this is a good way to get some outdoor exercise, see old friends, and contribute once again.  See you there!

 

Camp Staff Alumnus Elected Chairman of BSA Chief Scout Advisory Board

 

Chuck Eaton, Scout Executive for Boston Minuteman Council, was elected Chairman of the Chief Scout Executive Advisory Board at the recent BSA National Annual Meeting in Nashville.

 

Chuck served for the past year on this Board, a group of twelve Scout Executives who periodically provide advice and counsel to the national Chief Scout Executive, Wayne Brock, on important matters and how they impact members, units, and councils around the country.  It’s a pretty select group.

 

This is quite an honor and an indication of the credibility and “voice” that Chuck has developed nationally.  Chuck is a distinguished alumnus of the Storer Reservation camp staff from the 1980s.

Save the Date!

 

Another reminder — mark your calendar for the weekend of August 2.  That’s the weekend for the annual Camp Staff Alumni Reunion.

 

Former camp staff who served at any scout camp are welcome and encouraged to attend this day of exploring Storer Reservation in Barnstead, New Hampshire.  Enjoy the program areas throughout the day and share stories and memories.  Participate in the lobster/steak banquet highlighting alumni and the current camp staff, and consider staying for the annual campfire Saturday evening.  In fact, bring your families and stay overnight if desired.  Start reminding those who served with you to Save the Date.  

 

More information will follow in early July on the Staff Reunion.  If you have questions, contact Tony Morganelli at  tonymorganelli@comcast.net or 781-223-5999.

 

 

SAVE THE DATE

August  2 – 3   2014

T. L. Storer Scout Reservation

Barnstead, New Hampshire

bmccampstaffalumni.org

The concept of a Camp Staff Alumni Association began late summer 2007 and, since that time, more than 200 alumni have joined the Association. The beginning years involved defining the organization, establishing roles and responsibilities, having successful projects and reunions, and setting up the website and financial management. Most importantly, it involved building a positive and credible relationship with Boston Minuteman Council and the current camp staff. Together, we did it!


Please do not hesitate to contact a Board member to share ideas and suggestions, volunteer, or make a donation.
Board members include Bruce Colvin (chairman), Nick Cortese (Council interface), Dom Ilacqua (membership), John Collins (Website), Lee Vergnani (Treasurer), Tony Morganelli (Reunion Committee), Greg Boyd (Projects).  Board members also include the alumni Scoutmaster representing each decade, and volunteers for that role are needed. See the alumni website for details.

 

Have you visited our website at:  www.bmccampstaffalumni.org    

 

Get involved in some way. Think about the Alumni Association motto:

        “We will give back to camp more than camp gave to us.”

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Bruce Colvin

Chairman, Camp Staff Alumni Association

bacolvin@juno.com