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May 2016

THE CAMP STAFF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION

 

 

 

 

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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