Letter from the President's Desk
I was pleased to see so many of you at our
annual meeting in August and was appreciative of all the
compliments, comments and suggestions we received from our
members. One of the more popular topics discussed was the idea
that the Camp Squanto Alumni Association should adopt a
significant project, with a set financial budget and deadline,
which would immediately benefit the camp. It was the general
consensus that the members of the Camp Squanto Alumni Association
would rally around such a concept with enthusiasm and financial
Shortly after the annual meeting, the Board of
Trustees met with Joe Piche and Brian Bishop to identify a camp
project that was within the budgetary constraints of the Camp
Squanto Alumni Association. Joe and Brian discussed their plans
for a new staff village next to the parade field and their need
for five adirondack style buildings to house the staff. They
mentioned that each building would cost $1,500, bringing the
total cost of the project to $7,500. The Board is convinced that
this is an excellent opportunity for the Camp Squanto Alumni
Association to make its mark on camp. Therefore, we are raising
money to complete this project.
Unfortunately, like any project of this nature,
time is of the essence. The Board would like to have all the
monies raised by the end of February so we can guarantee the
project will be completed on time. Clearly, we need your help
I see this as a fantastic opportunity for the
Camp Squanto Alumni Association to improve Camp Squanto and would
appreciate any contribution you could make to help us reach our
goal. Please send contributions to the address on the front of
this newsletter with a notation indicating that the donation is
for the new staff village.
As always, I look forward to hearing from you
with any greetings or suggestions. I wish all of you a very safe
and happy holiday season.
Very Truly Yours,
Thomas J. O'Brien
Annual Meeting at Camp Squanto
The second annual meeting of the Camp Squanto
Alumni Association was held on Saturday, August 1, 1992 at Camp
Squanto. Since the weather was accommodating, the meeting was
held on the new Dining Hall Veranda recently built by former
staffman Billy Gilbert, Brian Bishop and crew.
The President called the meeting to order at
2:00 PM and began with the introduction of Board members and
recognition of our contributors. The Treasurer reported that our
funds have doubled again this year and past and future project
possibilities were discussed. A motion was unanimously passed to
appropriate $400 to replace the old doors on the Casoni Museum.
After the Financial details there were two
exceptional presentations made to the members. The first was
given by Curator, Paul Chapin who gave an excellent report on the
cataloging and displaying of the thousands of items in our
museum. The second was by Joanne Carpenter, the daughter of past
Camp Squanto Camp Director Ed Christophers. Joanne presented the
Association with a picture of her father, which will be proudly
displayed in the Museum.
A very important discussion of the pending sale
of Camp Squanto capitol assets then followed. In particular the
sale of the cranberry bog and the outstanding Council Debt were
the topics and many useful suggestions were discussed regarding
the CSAA's future role in protecting Camp assets.
The meeting was closed with the drawing for
door prizes. Lois Wilde won a pair of Red Sox tickets while Ken
Elder and Tim Clish both won Camp Squanto T-Shirts. 45 people
attended the meeting and we are hoping to see even more of you
Staff Village Project Started.
The Camp Squanto Alumni Association has decided
that it is time for a major undertaking. This year, we would like
to subsidize the construction of a permanent Staff Village
located next to the Parade Field. There will be five Adirondack
style buildings erected along with the normal campsite features.
The staff needs dry comfortable places to live in during the
summer. We feel that this would be a good time for the CSAA to
really make an impact on Camp Squanto. (Remember the old Scouting
proverb, "A happy Staff is a happy Camp").
Each Adirondack will cost $1,500. We are hoping
to raise the entire $7,500 by the end of February so that the
project will be completed by the beginning of the Camp season.
The sooner we raise the money the quicker Brian will have the
buildings up. We are making this appeal to you to help our Camp
and any amount that you can send will be appreciated. We are
hoping to have a finished Village by next summer and to dedicate
the " Camp Squanto Alumni Association Staff Village" at
our next Annual Meeting.
Decals are still available.
The CSAA is still selling decals. This is the
first official fund-raiser and we have had good results. These
potential collectors' items are 3" and sell for $1.00 each.
They are available through the mail by sending a self-addressed,
stamped envelope to:
Camp Squanto Alumni Association
P.O. Box 573
Marshfield Hills, MA 02051
WANTED: For Our Mailing List
Each issue we print the names of some old
friends hoping that those of you out there know where they live.
We feel that it is important to find these folks and add them to
our mailing list. If you have any addresses for any of these
people or someone who wants to be added to the list, please let
We are saddened by the passing of a past Camp
Director and lifelong Scouter.
Mr. Edward Christophers
Our thoughts and condolences are with his
family and friends. Mr. Christophers was a good Friend of Camp
The Social Calendar
We have been informed of the arrival of some
future Camp Squanto campers.
Daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Morrisey
Frank D. Gilcreast III
Son of Mr. and Mrs. Frank Gilcreast.
Going to the Chapel.
Thomas Bricknell weds Karen
November 7th 1992
Congratulations to all of you from all of us.
If you have any occasion to celebrate please let us know we all
like to hear from each other.
We welcome original submissions for articles.
Articles should pertain to Camp Squanto or the Camp Squanto
Alumni Association in general. Articles should be typed.
If you have questions or would like more
information about the newsletter, please call Mike Warner,
Village Project Winter 1992
Annual Meeting August 7, 1992
Camp Squanto Summer Recap
The summer is over and it was another great
year at Camp. Headed by Camp Director Paul Burns (yes, Mike's
brother) the Camp once again received the National A Rating. Camp
attendance for the summer was 1250 Scouts. Weeks 2 and 5 had 296
scouts each, that's an all time high for Camp Squanto.
The Staff was greatly increased this year by
the addition of the new Leading Scout Program. Woody and Brad
Stoddard are still keeping the Camp in shape, and were joined by
George Morrisey (Paul's Father) this year. The Programs at Camp
were varied and well attended. From the return of SongFests to
the ever-popular Apache Relay there was never any excuse to sit
in a tent. There have been many changes to the Scout Program and
the Camp has done a fantastic job of keeping up with the needs of
Mealtimes have undergone a big change as well.
All three meals are served cafeteria style, giving everyone a
choice of what to eat and where to eat it. Meals can be taken on
the Veranda, under the trees of the Pine Grove or inside the
Dining Hall. By the way, with a peak week of over 450 people, the
Camp is fed in under an hour.
It was quite refreshing to walk around the Camp
and see it alive again. It is nice to see that the great Squanto
tradition continues. Thanks to Joe Piche, Brian Bishop and
hundreds of others the dream lives on and others are having
"The Times at Camp Squanto". Squanto Shines On!
Looking for Ideas
We think that this Newsletter is yours. We had
some good suggestions for articles, but we need information. We
are planning on running articles on specific items and would like
to know what interests you the most.
One idea submitted was a "Who's Doing What
Now" column. One of the things about this organization is
that we all would like to see or hear from old friends again and
this would offer an opportunity to keep up with people we have
lost touch with. Maybe a personals column might be appropriate.
If your looking for an old friend we might just be able to find
him or her.
Let us know how we might make this a more
interesting and useful Newsletter to you. Remember the CSAA is
what you make of it.
We would like to acknowledge the generosity of
some of our recent
contributors. These people have donated to the
Camp Squanto Alumni Association since January 1992 and it is only
right that we thank them, since they are helping to make things
like this Newsletter possible.
||Skiddy & Jenny Casoni
|Linda Cousley (Tr 41 Abington)
||Jack & Alice David
|Connie & Joel O'Brien
||Howard & Patricia Martin
||John Shroeder (Tr 2232)
Thanks to each of you for your generous support
please know that it is greatly appreciated.
If you have the opportunity to help please do,
any amount you can spare will be put to good use.
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supporting the printing and mailing costs of this newsletter.
Please support those who advertise in the Alumni News, remember
that these are the businesses of fellow Squantoites.
If you are interested in advertising contacts
Mike Warner as to available space and rates.
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