Letter from the President's Desk
I sit down to write my first letter as the new
President of the Camp Squanto Alumni Association. In February,
our founding President Tom O'Brien stepped down, due to his
change in responsibilities as a State Representative. His hard
work and unwavering devotion to both the Camp and this
institution have brought us where we are today. He led us through
some very difficult times, particularly with the issues at
Council. Tom will still be with us and we should all thank him
for his ground-breaking efforts.
As a past Camp staffer of 14 years and having
served as the Camp Director for 3 of those years I have an
intense interest in making this Association truly serve the Camp.
In order to accomplish this goal we have attempted to open
communications with Old Colony Council and they have responded
very positively to us. As a result we have begun a dialog with
the new Council President, Executive and Commissioner, and they
have agreed to allow us to meet in Camp Squanto again this
August. This is great news and is only being seen as a new
beginning! I can now look forward to continued growth and
interest in our Camp and our Association.
As most of you realize, the number of people
who have attended Camp Squanto each year is quite large, well
over 3000 during the year-round operations. Now when we consider
that number over the last 30 years ... it really is amazing the
number of lives touched by this Camp. Our mailing and membership
lists began with 100 people; today it is over 700. Most of these
members are still active in Scouting and the Camp. Some are not
able to remain involved directly. We hope that the Camp Squanto
Alumni Association allows these folks to keep abreast of what is
happening in Camp Squanto and when they are able to return we
hope that not everything will be a surprise.
I look forward to seeing you at camp throughout
the summer and at the annual meeting in August.
As you noticed on the front page, the next
Annual Meeting of the Camp Squanto Alumni Association will be
August 2nd at Camp. The meeting this year has a wonderful
difference from recent years, we will meet at Camp Squanto! Among
the agenda items for the day are the election of a Trustee,
discussions about projects to undertake for the 1998 camping
season, and what activities the CSAA will be undertaking over the
Remember however, that the most important part
of the meeting is getting together. We need your input and help;
the Association has come a long way thanks to you. We want your
ideas as to how to make the CSAA an even more special and
We are looking for items and assistants with
the running of the Annual Auction. We are presently searching for
Scouting Collectibles for this year's Auction in August. At this
time we have secured some fine collections of Squanto patches and
other scouting memorabilia.
With the major changes in how the Association
will work with the Old Colony Council, we feel that it is once
again appropriate to raise capital. We will be taking on our old
roles within the camp-life as well as undertaking work projects.
Our mission of helping to develop "Our Camp" is again
well within our reach and we hope to seize this opportunity and
move forward again.
There is an open seat on the Board of Trustees.
In accordance with the Camp Squanto Alumni Association's By-laws,
we will hold elections at our Annual meeting to fill this
position. Any member of the CSAA is eligible to be nominated for
this position, as this is an open seat on the Board.
If you are interested in applying or nominating
someone for this important position please send your inquiries
Camp Squanto Alumni Association
P.O. Box 445
Marshfield Hills, MA. 02051
Election of this position will be by the voting
members of the CSAA on August 2nd, 1997 at the Annual Meeting.
CSAA goes On-Line
On May 2, 1997 the Camp Squanto Alumni
Association opened its official Internet Website. We are very
excited about the possibilities for worldwide communications this
offers the Association. As we grow, many of our members join the
military or accept positions far away from the cool breezes on
Faun Pond. Communication has always been a difficult nut to
crack. The Internet has made communications faster (and for some,
easier) and allows you access to vast amounts of information. We
intend to take advantage of this.
There is a limited amount of information in our
site right now, however you will find the President's Message,
Upcoming events and back issues of this newsletter
Please visit us on-line at
www.geocities.com/Eureka/3314. Also take the time to fill out a
survey when you're there so we can make this a place that suits
A New Beginning
On March 24th, 1997 the Camp Squanto Alumni
Association has found itself the possibility of starting anew
with the Old Colony Council. Over the past 3 years, our relations
have been very strained and we were not seeing any chance to
continue the work we set out to do. However, after receiving this
letter and subsequent conversations, the Trustees feel that it is
now the time to put our differences behind and again move ahead.
Please read the letter, I know it will bring a smile to your face
as it did mine.
Dear Mr. Warner:
As the Council Key Three, we are writing to
invite the Alumni Association to hold its annual meeting at Camp
Squanto. This will occur on August 2, 1997, between the hours of
l PM and 4 PM. If for some reason the ranger is unavailable, Tom
Silvia will be present to insure that all goes well. It was
suggested by Mr. Briggs that the dinning hall porch would suit
your needs, and if so, we will plan on that location. Also, we
invite you to re-institute your recognition program for the camp
staff, it is unfortunate that we did not participate last year.
We hope that this will suit your needs, and
we wish you a good meeting.
Yours in Scouting,
|Steven L. Whitney Jr.
||Walter H. Flynn,
||Thomas F. Silvia
It is with regret that we inform you of the
passing of two of Camp Squanto's and the Alumni Association's
members and benefactors.
Please remember them in your prayers.
Its been a long time since we checked in. This
round we have letters sending "Hello" from Richard
Carey and Claire Perrotti. There has been a lot of news and we
will get a full update next issue.
Skiddy Casoni Scholarship
The Skiddy Casoni Scholarship fund is accepting
donations. This fund will be available starting in 1998 to
members of the CSAA family. You may direct monies to the CSAA
address for the immediate future. More details will be coming as
this fund develops.
We want to wish the new Camp Director of Camp
Squanto a safe and successful first season. Ralph Paine of
Brockton is beginning his career as Camp Director of the best
Camp in the Northeast. Assisting him this year will be Alex
Dunbar as Program Director and Emily Pelton as Assistant Program
The Association doesn't just need warm bodies;
it needs cold hard cash. As we get older and surer of ourselves,
we will be running more events and opportunities to get together,
but in the meantime, we are always willing to accept
contributions. Any amount you can spare will be appreciated and
put to good use, as well as being tax deductible.
Business Space Available
There is still advertising space available in
the Alumni News. All proceeds from advertising space will go
towards the printing and mailing expenses of this newsletter.
Please support those who advertise in the Alumni News, remember
that these are the businesses of fellow Association members.
If you are interested in advertising, please
contact Mike Warner as to available space and rates.
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,
A Blast From the Past
As many of you know, I spent 14 years on the
Camp Staff, four of those years I was Program Director. Now a
good PD can come up with great ideas and programs, he also knows
how to use something that was great before he touched it.
Going through some old Camp stuff, I happened
upon a Crossword Puzzle. This puzzle was used for a camp-wide
scavenger hunt, (I think Paul Morrissey created this thing, but
if not I'm sure you'll let me know).
So please sit back and take a crack at a late
70's piece of history, answers next time.
||Apple Pie Maker
||Don't take it
||Partially Decomposed plants
||Pilgrim 1 Danger
||"______ ______" is your Land
||SGT., for example
||Snapper's Alma Mater
||Two Gentlemen of ________
||End of Bread
||Raleigh's state (abb)
||Medical Person (abb)
||Southeast Asian Commie (abb)
||Smallest state (abb)
||No Good (abb)
Maintained by John Mileris.
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