Letter from the President's Desk

September 2006

I am happy to report once again this year that Camp Squanto had another highly successful season. Under the excellent leadership of new Camp Director Rick Poirier, Assistant Camp Director Austin Glass, and Program Director Tom Rimer, about 1800 scouts enjoyed camping at Camp Squanto.

Our Annual Meeting took place at camp on August 5, 2006. The minutes are elsewhere on the web-site.

This year, we gave $500.00 to camp to buy 5 Geo Cache Global Systems. With the help of Shawn Donnelly, alumni member, $341.00 was contributed to buy a digital camera for camp use. We also continue to rent space for the Casoni Museum.

Thanks to curator Paul Chapin and assistant Tom Holmes, the Casoni Museum is well maintained and attended. They still need lots of help in inventorying the memorabilia. Both Paul and Kevin Gaurino are developing plans to expand the museum space and upgrade the exhibits. We now have considerable monies donated to the museum fund through the generosity of the Casoni family. Anyone interested in helping with this project should contact me at 781-834-7842.

Gary Hyman is working on the history of Camp Squanto from 1925 to the present. Any help would be appreciated.

Our Activities Director Kevin Gaurino is once again planning our April reunion dinner to be held in Hanson. He put together a barbeque at our Annual Meeting and would like to explore the possibilities of work weekends at camp, especially when the museum expansion takes place.

Gus Swanson and Bill Hubschwerlin continue to work hard on our membership drive. We had more members this year than any other year in our history. If you wish to join the CSAA, contact Gus at 4050 E. Narrowleaf Dr. Gilbert, AZ 85297 (480-699-7253). Out membership categories and application forms are elsewhere on this web-site. In order to vote at our next Annual Meeting, dues must be paid by December 31, 2006.

Many items are donated to camp thanks to the Camp Squanto Wish List, which is posted elsewhere on this web-site. Please check with Ranger Roland Cloutier, Box 931, South Carver, MA 02366 (508-224-2010) or me, before delivering anything to camp as we may already have the materials.

Good news! The Old Colony Council has started a Capital Campaign for Camp Squanto. This is a three year effort to upgrade and expand the facilities and programs at camp. The goal is to raise three million dollars. The CSAA will be asked to help in the future and I will keep you informed until that time.

Our three scholarhip funds continue to reward staff members for their efforts. They are:
Ed Christophers Scholarship Fund - $250.00
Skiddie Casoni Scholarship Fund - $100.00
Shawn Donnelly, CSAA member - $250.00
The recipients are listed elsewhere on this web-site.

Hope to hear from you!

Arnie Briggs
President CSAA

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