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Recent News:

2006 Annual Meeting at Camp Squanto
CSAA Members at barbequePast Camp Director Elliott Glass
and Peter Glass
Past Camp Director Jim Corcoran
and family with Mrs. Elliott Glass
and family
Membership Chairman Gus Swanson
(from Arizona)
Scout Executive Steve WhitneyCamp Director Rick Poirier
Casoni Museum Curator Paul ChapinActivities Director Kevin GuarinoGus Swanson
Bob Whittier (one of Camp Squanto's founders and a member of old Camp Squanto at Bloody Pond)

Numbered CSAA Backpatches Available
Our friend from Colorado, Bill Hubschwerlin, has done it agian. This year Bill has created a ghosted green CSAA backpatch. The backpatches are individually numbered 1-100. This is a great-looking patch that is sure to become a sought-after collectible. Contact Gus Swanson to reserve your favorite numbers. Patches are $10/ea. plus $1 to cover shipping. Please make checks payable to the Camp Squanto Alumni Association and mail to Gus Swanson, 4050 E. Narrowleaf Drive, Gilbert, AZ 85297. Click here to view a large scan of backpatch #40.

2005 CSAA Award Winners
Leading Scout  Chris Dillon - Foxboro
Junior Staff  Will Eagan - Hingham
Senior Staff  Daniel Kent - N. Easton
Essay  Joe Riendeau - Holbrook
Casoni Award  Josh Jaeger

New Activities Director for CSAA
Kevin Gaurino has volunteered to be the CSAA Activities Director. He worked many years on the Squanto Staff and is the Ranger at Camp Massasoit. He is considering the possibility of having a dinner with entertainment in the fall, a BBQ next summer, etc. If you would like to help Kevin with any of these activities, please contact him at
Help Wanted!
Gary Hyman has just volunteered to be CSAA Historian. He is planning on doing the history of Squanto from beginning to now. He would like to form a committee of interested people to begin this project. They would sit down to interview prominent staff members and volunteers.Then put together a booklet in the future. He can be contacted at
Paul Chapin also needs help in the musuem. There are many items to inventory and store correctly. We are constantly getting new memorabilia and we need more help to get us up-to-date. He is at

Rest in Peace
Skiddie Casoni (December 30, 2004) Read More
Dave Sturgis (December, 2004) Read More
Don Walsh (December 31, 2004) Read More
Roland Cloutier, Sr. (December, 2004) Read More
Ruth Julius (February 11, 2005) Read More
Helen Copp Marchant (February 20, 2005) Read More
Donet P. Constantineau (April 4, 2005) Read More
Richard A. Turnbull (April 5, 2005) Read More
Ruth MacFarlane (April 13, 2005) Read More
Alvan R. Hyman (May 16, 2005) Read More
William L. Nowick (August 8, 2005) Read More
David C. Poudrier (October 24, 2005) Read More
John F. Maccaferri (October 25, 2005) Read More
Robert Pozerski (January 27, 2006) Read More
Jennie Casoni (April 30, 2006) Read More
William J. Scott (March 6, 2007) Read More

Alermo "Skiddie" Casoni (Thursday December 30, 2004)

Skiddie Casoni of Whitman, one of the original founders of Camp Squanto passed away on 12/30/04. He was a great contributor to camp, its staff and campers. Wherever there was a need Skiddie was there to fulfill it. Within him the "Spirit of Squanto" lived. He will be greatly missed!

98 years old, former taxidermist and leather worker. Lived in Whitman his whole life. Was a Lone Scout, scoutmaster, and scout volunteer for 75 years. Has received the highest scout recognitions, including the Order of the Arrow and Silver Beaver. The Casoni Museum at Camp Squanto is named for him. A noted naturalist, he volunteered at the South Shore Natural Science Center. His son, David, was Program Director at Camp Squanto for many years as well as Camp Director at Camp Child. Skiddie and his family founded the current Camp Squanto in 1948.

Many thanks to those who attended Skiddie's wake on Sunday January 2, 2005 and service on Monday January 3, 2005.

Memorial contributions can be made to the Camp Squanto Alumni Association, Box 445, Marshfield Hills, MA 02051

Dave Sturgis (December, 2004)

Dave Sturgis a long time scoutmaster of Troop 103 in Hingham passed away this week. Dave had a great interest in Camp Squanto and was the builder of the waterfront tower and campfire stage. He also remade about every platform in the camp during the 70's and 80's. Dave was a Marine, carpenter, and manager of the Hingham Farmers Market.

72 Years old. Taught industrial arts in Hingham and Weymouth public schools. He was a World War Two Marine veteran. He was a scoutmaster for many years with Scout Troop 103 in Hingham. He was a past president of the Hingham Teachers Association. When he was growing up in Hingham he gave his English bulldog, Butch, to the Marines stationed at the Hingham Ammunition Depot in WWll. He led a campaign recently, to honor Butch and his predecessor Bismarck, with proper gravestones.

Don Walsh (December 31, 2004)

Rockland scoutmaster Don Walsh passed away today. He brought his troop to camp for many years and was known for his "Abe Lincoln" looks. He always brought his catamaran to camp and allowed the waterfront to use it until camp ended. He will be missed by many scouts and scouters!

62 years old, longtime scoutmaster in Rockland. He was awarded the James E West Fellowship, Vigil Honor of the OA, and District Award for Merit and Scoutmaster of the Year Award in 1982. He worked for the Northeast Petroleum Company, Jamaica Plain. He served the the Coast Guard during the Vietnam War.

Roland Cloutier, Sr. (December, 2004)

The father of Camp Squanto Ranger Roland Cloutier passed away earlier this week. He will be waked Sunday 1/2/05 from 2PM to 5PM at Rock Funeral Home (508-995-5772), 1285 Ashley Blvd, New Bedford, MA 02745.

The funeral mass will be Monday 1/3/05 at 9AM at St. Francis Xavier Parish (508-995-7600), 125 Main St, Acushnet, MA 02743.

Ruth Julius (February 11, 2005)

From East Bridgewater, wife of Jack Julius, scoutmaster for many years at camp. Daughter, Lisa was camp nurse in the early 70's. Dale and the Duds, were the sons of Ruth and Jack.

Helen Copp Marchant (February 20, 2005)

Wife of deceased camp commissioner Sewell Copp.

Donet P. Constantineau (April 4, 2005)

An Engineer with the Newport and Old Colony Line in Newport, RI. Conductor for the New Haven Railroad. Former postmaster in Wrentham. Was supervisor at the Medway, Quincy and Braintree post offices. Was on the Executive Board of the Old Colony Council for many years. Former Scoutmaster of Troop 138 in Braintree. He brought the troop to Camp Squanto for many years, and was a great supporter of the camp.

Richard A. Turnbull (April 5, 2005)

Retired foreman of Whitman Water Dept. Worked for Whitman's Public Works Dept. for 34 years. Active in Boy Scouts for more than 50 years. Many years camping at Camp Squanto. He was a lifelong resident of Whitman and a close friend of Skiddie Casoni.

Ruth (Jordan) MacFarlane (April 13, 2005)

Of Kingston, age 86, wife of the late Howard "Benny" MacFarlane; loving mother of Rochelle Smith, Dorothy MacFarlane and Sandra MacFarlane, all of Kingston, Nancy Wyner and Martha MacFarlane, both of Plymouth; sister of Jean Glidden of Hanson. She is also survived by nine grandchildren, 13 great-grandchildren and many nieces and nephews, including Raymond MacFarlane and his family of Duxbury. A funeral service will be held on Tuesday, April 19, at the First Baptist Church of Duxbury, Tremont Street, at 10:30 a.m. Interment in Evergreen Cemetery, Kingston. Visiting hours on Monday from the Shepherd Funeral Home, 216 Main St., Kingston, from 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

Alvan R. Hyman (May 16, 2005)

Alvan R. Hyman of Randolph, entered into rest May 16, 2005, beloved husband of Betsy (Hershenson) Hyman. Dear son of Bernice and the late Morris Hyman. Devoted father of Michelle and her husband Scott Leafer of Norton Sheryl Bravo of Holbrook, Michael Hyman of Norton and Gary Hyman (Assistant Camp Director) of Norton. Loving brother of Steven and David Hyman of Sharon, and Charlie, Peter and Ted Bickoff of Sharon. Dear grandfather of Nichol Bravo and Daniel and Joshua Leafer. Services at the Schlossberg-Solomon Memorial Chapel, 824 Washington St., Canton on Wednesday, May 18 at 12 noon. Memorial observance will be at his late residence through Friday at sundown. In lieu of flowers, remembrances may be made to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, Attn. JBS-Michigan Chapter, 1421 E. 12 Mile Rd. #A, Madison Heights, MI 48071 Schlossberg & Solomon Chapel 781-828-6990

William L. Nowick (August 8, 2005)

William L. Nowick, 76, passed away on August 8, 2005
Camp Child Camp Director for many years
Graduated from Stonehill College in 1957
Served in the Coast Guard
History Teacher in Springfield, MA for 25 years
Active in Boy Scouting for over 50 years

Bill influenced many scouts, scouters, and staff members at Camp Child when he was camp director in the 1980's. He was a gentle man who lived the Scout Oath and Law every day. His many loyal friends willl miss him greatly. He was a great friend to me, and I am saddened by his death. -Arnie Briggs

David C. Poudrier (October 24, 2005)

David C. Poudrier of Brockton - 47 years old.
Worked on staff at camp in the mid 1970's.
Was a computer programmer and a Marine Corp Veteran.
Graduated from E. Bridgwater High in 1976.
Member of the OA.

John F. Maccaferri (October 25, 2005)

John F. Maccaferri, 87 of Plymouth Worked at Puritan Clothing, Plymouth for 38 years.
Scoutmaster of Troop 71 for 25 years.
Born and educated in Plymouth.
Graduated from Plymouth High School in 1937.
Friend of Camp Squanto.

Robert Pozerski (January 27, 2006)

When Bob Pozerski was a Coca Cola deliveryman his route used to take him to the studios of radio station WROR, 105.7 FM.

Every Thursday for about three years, morning show radio hosts Loren and Wally would put him on the air to tell a joke, a gimmick that earned Pozerski recognition as the "Wicked Funny Coca Cola Delivery Guy."

"Sometimes they were so stupid. Sometimes he brought his own. Sometimes they'd give him a joke," his daughter, Heather Pozerski, said. "People loved him. People used to call up asking for him."

Family and friends are mourning the loss of that funnyman, who had worked for the past 20 months with the city's Highway Department in the forestry division.

Pozerski, 46, died Friday after suffering a massive heart attack while at work. He had been out with co-workers pruning tree branches on Turner Street. Pozerski leaves his wife, Nancy, and children: Heather, 25; Christopher, 24; and Kimberlee, 19.

"They were just going about their morning routine. He felt dizzy, put his head down, and that was it," Heather Pozerski said. "It was flabbergasting. He was the healthiest guy, into diet and exercise. He took care of himself."

The Pozerski family has been receiving an outpouring of sympathy, even from people Heather Pozerski said she has never met.

"We have so much food, coffee," Heather Pozerski said. "Everyone's been so nice and wonderful."

Visiting hours at the Conley Funeral Home, 128 Belmont St., will be Tuesday from 4-8 p.m. A funeral Mass is scheduled Wednesday at 10 a.m. at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, 439 West St.

Upon learning of Pozerski's passing, Mayor James E. Harrington extended condolences to the family and offered to be of service if there was anything the family needed, the mayor said Sunday.

Heather Pozerski described her late father as someone who was devoted to his family, an excellent cook, and the "best friend" of her mother, herself, and even the family dog, Baron, a Doberman and Rottweiler mixed breed.

"He was the greatest guy," she said. "He was wonderful. I can't say enough good things about him. I learned everything from him."

Though just joining the highway department in recent years, Pozerski had been a hockey and Little League coach here for years.

Attempts to reach his city supervisors Sunday were not successful.

A city native, he graduated from Southeastern Regional Vocational High School in Easton, earning a degree in culinary arts. Though no one apparently holds a candle to his Thanksgiving dinner, Pozerski's specialty was stuffed mushrooms.

"His stuffed mushrooms were fabulous," Heather Pozerski said.

Her father also made his own wine, she said.

As well as earning a culinary arts degree at Southeastern, Pozerski met his wife, the former Nancy Brogna, at the school. The couple married two days after her graduation, their daughter said.

A scholarship fund in Pozerski's name has been set up for his daughter Kimberlee, a student at Bridgewater State College.

"My dad was like the biggest family man, loved his family, and couldn't have been prouder of us," Heather Pozerski said. "He was the best. I'll miss him so much.

Jennie Casoni (April 30, 2006)

WHITMAN – Jennie (Baldini) Casoni, 93, of Whitman died Sunday in Brockton Hospital after a period of failing health. She was the wife of the late A. “Skiddy” Casoni, to whom she was married for 65 years.

Born July 7, 1912, in Chelsea, Massachusetts, a daughter of the late Angelo and Clothilde (Raymondi) Baldini, she grew up in Roslindale, and graduated from Hyde Park High School and Wilfred Academy.

Mrs. Casoni worked for many years before her marriage at the Hyatt Regency in Boston as a hairdresser, and as baker in the Whitman-Hanson Regional High School Cafeteria in the 1960’s and 70’s.

She was a Cub and Boy Scout Leader for over 15 years, and a member of the Girl Scouts of America for 20 years. She was a past member of Blessed Virgin Mary Sodality, and Whitman Mothers’ Club, and an officer of Whitman PTA. With her beloved husband, Skiddy, she enjoyed meeting and traveling with the Whitman Senior Citizens and Hanson Steppers. She received an award as Miss Congeniality in the Whitman Senior Sweetheart Pageant. Mrs. Casoni enjoyed spending time with her family, as well as cooking.

She is survived by her children, Richard Casoni and David Casoni, both of Plymouth, and Louise Casoni Tingblad of Whitman, six grandchildren, seven great-grandchildren, many nieces and nephews, her sister Angelina Trevisani of Roslindale, and sister-in-law Irene Baldini of Norwood. She was the sister of the late Mary Illari, Virginia Luvisi, Joseph Baldini, and Annie Marinelli.

Visiting hours are Thursday May 4th, 2to4 and 6to8. Funeral Mass will be Friday May 5th at 9:00am in the Holy Ghost Church on School Street in Whitman.

In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Casoni Center Museum at Camp Squanto., c/o Arnold Briggs, PO Box 445, Marshfield Hills, MA 02061

William J. Scott (March 6, 2007)

William J. Scott (63) East Bridgewater Civil Engineer for the Massachusetts Highway Department for 40 years He was Scoutmaster of Troop 29, East Bridgewater Member of the Order of the Arrow Attended Camp Squanto for many years Leaves his wife Cynthia, son Tom, Daughters Jennifer, Amy and Megan Burial in Fern Hill Cemetery, Hanson

Rest in Peace

Al "Woody" Woodman   Bob and Marge Downey

Memorial Contributions

American Cancer Society
30 Speen St.
Framingham, MA 01701

Holbrook Firefighters
Relief Fund
Union Local 1452
24 South St.
Holbrook, MA 02343
   Memorial Contributions

Old Colony Council
Capital Campaign
2438 Washington St.
Canton, MA 02021

Braintree Historical Society
31 Tenney Rd.
Braintree, MA 02184

First Congregational Church
Tower Fund
12 Elm St.
Braintree, MA 02184

Robert H. Downey Jr., 72

College dean; Army vet; active in Boy Scouts

BRAINTREE - Robert H. (Haarer) Downey Jr., 72, of Braintree and Brewster died Friday May 7 at his home.
    He was the husband of the late Marjorie L. Downey.
Born in Detroit, he graduated from Fresno State College in 1956 and attended West Point as a member of the class of 1954.
   He was lieutenant in the Army, serving for more than 20 years, and was associate dean for academic affairs at Emerson College and academic dean for six years at Quincy College.
   An Eagle Scout, he participated in the Boy Scouts program for 65 years and served in various positions including scoutmaster for Troop 22 of Braintree starting in 1974.
   He was active at the district and council level of Old Colony Council, including serving as council commissioner and council president, and received the Silver Beaver, Silver Antelope and Distinguished Eagle awards for distinguished service to youth. He was a vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, served on numerous national jamboree staffs and held four wood badge beads.
   Mr. Downey was a curator of collections for the Braintree Historical Society and was honored last year as curator emeritus. He was an active member of the Braintree Rotary Club and Braintree Men's Club, where he participated in dinner preparations. He was a member of First Congregational Church in Braintree.
   Survivors include two sons, Michael R. Downey of Natchez, Miss., and Patrick J. Downey of Marshfield; two sisters, Ruth Eastman of Sacramento, Calif., and Marion Parish of Fresno, Calif.; and three grandchildren.
   A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church, Braintree. Burial will be held at a later date in Fresno.
   Memorial donations may be made to First Congregational Church in Braintree Tower Fund, 12 Elm St., Braintree, MA 02184; to Braintree Historical Society Capital Campaign Fund, 31 Tenney Road, Braintree, MA 02184; or to Old Colony Council Boy Scouts of America Capital Campaign Fund, 2438 Washington St., Canton, MA 02021.

Marjorie L. Downey, 75

Teacher; active in Scouts; summered in Brewster

BRAINTREE - Marjorie L. (Lewis) Downey, 75, of Braintree and Brewster, died April 30 at her home.
She was the wife of the late Robert H. Downey Jr.
   Mrs. Downey was born in Santa Barbara, Calif., and graduated from Fresno State College in 1954. A third grade teacher in the public school system for more than 25 years, she began teaching in California, continued in Europe while her husband was in the Army and retired from the Lakeside School in Braintree.
    She was an active member of Boy Scouts of America for more than 40 years and received the Silver Beaver and Silver Antelope awards for distinguished service to youth. She was a vigil member of the Order of the Arrow, held four wood badge beads, served on the staff of several national jamborees and was a member of the Old Colony Council BSA Executive Board. She was also an active member of the Philanthropic Educational Organization for more than 25 years, serving as historian and supporting her chapter in a number of roles.
    She was an active member of First Congregational Church in Braintree.
    Survivors include two sons, Michael R. Downey of Natchez, Miss., and Patrick J. Downey of Marshfield; and three grandchildren.
    A memorial service is at 11 a.m. Saturday at First Congregational Church, Braintree. Burial will be held at a later date in Fresno, Calif.
    Memorial donations may be made to First Congregational Church in Braintree Tower Fund, 12 Elm St., Braintree, MA 02184; to Braintree Historical Society Capital Campaign Fund, 31 Tenney Road, Braintree, MA 02184; or to Old Colony Council Boy Scouts of America Capital Campaign Fund, 2438 Washington St., Canton, MA 02021.

Al "Woody" Woodman (Saturday May 1, 2004)

Al "Woody" Woodman from Holbrook passed away the night of Saturday May 1st at the Brockton VA Hospital. He was the Camp Squanto Commissioner and keeper of the flags for at least 18 years. He was loved by all and he especially loved being around the scouts and staff. The "Spirit of Squanto" lived in the heart of Woody and he was a great example of that to everyone. He will be greatly missed. The CSAA will be remembering Woody in the near future. Any thoughts on how we can honor him would be appreciated!

Arnie Briggs
President CSAA

Many thanks to those who attended Woody's wake (Wednesday May 5) and funeral (Thursday May 6).
Click here to view some of Woody's staff pictures.

2002 Annual Meeting

The Annual Meeting, held on Saturday August 3, 2002, was a success. Approximately 60 people attended, including Bill Hosford and his wife who came all the way from Iowa! Highlights of the meeting included the re-election of Emily Pelton as Trustee, the reading of the winning 2001 Spirit of Squanto Essay, and the auction. To read more about the Annual Meeting, check out the Meeting Notes.

2002 CSAA Scholarship Winners

Ed Christophers Scholarship
Essay: Gary Hyman, Norton
Leading Scout: Kevin Aldred, Randolph
Junior Staff: David Lynam, Whitman
Senior Staff: Jonathan Little, Marshfield

Skiddie Casoni Scholarship
Steve Ginty, Norwood

2002 Winning Spirit of Squanto Essay
2002 Camp Squanto Wish List

On April 26, 2002 Camp Squanto launched its own official website! The webmaster is Artie Sharpe, best known to those who attend Camp Squanto as the Aquatics Director. The new site is one of the best-designed I've ever seen and includes directions to camp, maps, pictures, camp forms, open staff positions, overviews of the various program areas, and many useful links. Be sure to check it out for yourself by clicking on the banner below.

Click here for the Official Camp Squanto Website:

It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of a true Friend of Squanto. Dan Lynch suffered two strokes over the 12/01/2001-12/02/2001 weekend and passed away early 12/03/2001 in the presence of his entire family. Dan served as Provisional Scoutmaster this past summer and his son Greg has been a major part of Provo since 1996.

Many thanks to those who attended the wake (12/04/2001) and funeral (12/05/2001). Your support is especially important to the family at this time. Condolences can be sent to the Lynch family at:

19 Winthrop Street
Walpole, MA 02081
(508) 668-3657
Old Colony Council Contact Information
See the winning 2001 Spirit of Squanto Essay

We had an excellent meeting at Camp Squanto on Saturday August 4, 2001. During the meeting Arnold Briggs was unanimously re-elected to the Board of trustees. Ian White's winning 2000 Spirit of Squanto Essay was read, and it touched the hearts of all in attendance. Old Colony Council Vice President John Larney presented Skiddy Casoni with a framed certificate signed by Pope John Paul II for a lifetime of service to the Boy Scouts of America. Skiddy received a standing ovation.

Chief among the items of business that came up was the lease agreement with Old Colony Council for the use of Copp's Cabin for the Casoni Museum. As it stands now, the CSAA will have a 5-year renewable lease and will pay only $1 per year for the use of the cabin. This looks like a major win for both OCC and the CSAA! Paul Chapin, Bill Pelton and others will be forming a committee to explore the possibility of expanding the cabin since more space is badly needed. Gus Swanson will also be looking into the issue of voting dues and will present his findings at the Trustee's Meeting.


The CSAA has issued its patch for 2001 and it is even nicer than last year's terrific patch! Many thanks to Bill Hubschwerlin for a marvelous job on the artwork! These patches may be purchased for $3.00 each by sending an email to Casoni Center hats are also available for $15 each.


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