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2013 Reunion

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2013 BMCCSA Reunion

On the weekend of August 3-4, about 70 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 their 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 took the opportunity to try the rifle and archery ranges, climbing course, and swimming and boating at the waterfront. Others took walks around camp on old roads and trails, re-living memories and enjoying the great scenery.

Alumni watched troops “lower the Colors” at the parade ground. They also attended a memorial service held at the staff memorial site in the historic Nature Area, where the roll call of lost staff members was read and the enduring spirit of their contributions was shared.

The evening activities included an entertaining staff banquet, with the alumni and 2013 staff –lobster, steak, potatoes, and sweet corn. Wow – the volunteer cooks did great! A special thank you goes to Brian Lewis and Jamiesean Patterson.

Following the banquet, Nick Cortese lead the alumni campfire. Many alumni got up and lead old camp songs and cheers; the current staff joined the fun, making their contributions as well.

Bruce Colvin spoke at the end of the campfire and said: “the spirit of friendship and leadership from decades of camp staff resides in the hills around Adams Pond and Wild Goose.” He challenged everyone to reach out and encourage other alumni to attend the 2014 reunion.

Spirit Award Winners

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

One award went to 2013 staff member, Jacob Westerman, for his outstanding contributions to quality programs and willingness to help scouts achieve. The Association also recognized Bill Sullivan, former Reservation Director, who was on staff for 10 years and currently is CEO at the Ronald McDonald House in New York City. Staff alumni, including Bill Dwyer, Chuck Eaton, and Charlie Rogers paid tribute to Bill, who spoke about how Scouting and summer camp had influenced his life.

Andrea Toto Flagg, daughter of Tony Toto for whom the Spirit Awards are named, was at the reunion to help make the presentations. 

Sincerely,

 

Bruce ColvinChairman, Camp Staff Alumni Associationbacolvin@juno.com

 

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