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Posted on Sep 5, 2006 - 04:55:24
Name: Elizabeth Casoni Marshfield
Comments: My grandfather Skiddy would bring me to camp when I was youn and I can remember how much he loved being there. I know that he will always be there in spirit. Scouting is who he was and always will be. Thank you for the many wonderful memories and I look forward to coming back to camp and visit the CAsoni Museum.
Stay well and be safe,
A blessed grand-daughter of Skiddy,
Beth Casoni

Posted on Aug 5, 2006 - 2:57:01
Name: Jim Kippenhan Norfolk, VA
Comments: Today is the annual reunion. Though I cannot be there in person, I am with each of you in spirit.

Posted on May 27, 2006 - 3:02:14
Name: Chris Phinney Canton Ma. [USA]
Site URL: None
Comments: Hello to all and my famlies wishes for another sucessful season. I hope to get to an alumni meeting this year. Carolyn and I had our 2nd daughter in November 2005. Best wishes to all. Chris

Posted on Mar 27, 2006 - 10:59:46
Name: Skip Howard South Easton, Ma [USA]
Comments: Spoke to Jim Kippenhans Father today. Jim had a serious fire at his house in Norfolk, Va. Fortunatly evryone got out safely and there were no injuries, but the house is not habitable. Kip and his family are staying in a hotel for now until repairs are made.

Posted on Feb 12, 2006 - 2:49:39
Name: Kevin Guarino Plymouth,Ma. 02360 [U.S.A]
Comments: Hello Everyone:
We are having an Alumni Dinner on April 29, 2006. It will be held at The Lodge Restaurant,Rt.27, Hanson, Ma. From 7:30p.m_1:00a.m.
Tickets are $15.00 per person and need to be purchased in advance. We will have entertainment, raffles, door prizes, and a full dinner buffet. Reserve your tickets now, because space is limited. Send a check payable to Camp Squanto Alumni Asc. to
Kevin Guarino
4 Elbow Pond rd.
Plymouth Ma. 02360
Your tickets will either be sent to you or held at the door. You will need them for the door prize.
Lets get together for some fun and support the Alumni Asc.
Hope to hear from you soon,
Kevin Guarino

Posted on Feb 8, 2006 - 5:54:15
Name: Joseph Piche Plymouth [Plymouth]
Comments: The Camp Squanto Family recently lost another former staffmember. Robert Pozerski from Brockton, only 46 years old, died from a sudden heart attack. Bob worked on the Staff along with several of his brothers and was an outstanding member of the Camp family.
He will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Posted on Jan 21, 2006 - 4:56:11
Name: Paul McCormack Columbia, SC
Comments: Wow!!! I have really enjoyed the site and reading the comments about Squanto. I worked there for 8 or 9 summers and have great memories. I am glad to see the camp seems to be running strong and to see some familiar names. I hope to visit the camp with my sons in April on a road trip to visit home, does anyone know who I should contact about this?

Posted on Jan 3, 2006 - 4:12:22
Name: Gary Hyman Norton [United States]
Comments: Hello all,
Arnie Briggs has asked me to put together a Camp Squanto history from the 70s to present for the Camp Squanto Alumni Assoc. As we head into the new year Im looking forward to getting started in this project and would appreciate any help that you could give me.
I thought I might start by looking for staff lists and photos. (The current CSAA webpage has photos from 84 to 04 with the exceptions of 96 and 98.) Of course, the people on this list have a combined number of years experience at Squanto that is simply staggering. I would love to add any memories that you may have, in particular if you recall when programs were added, when campsites were added or locations changed, buildings expanded, created, etc... (It might be pretty neat to add a page to the current website of people that influenced us over the years, sort of a thank you for all their work in helping to create the successful program that Squanto offers today.)
I know that were all busy people but I would greatly appreciate any help that you can give. Please feel free to forward this email to other staff members you feel could contribute.
A happy and healthy new year to all!
Gary Hyman
83-84 camper; 85-94 & 02-05 staff

Posted on Jan 1, 2006 - 6:47:35
Name: Arnie Briggs Marshfield Hills, MA 02051 [USA]
Comments: I wish all past and current Camp Squanto campers and staff a great 2006. Camp Squanto had another record season this past summer. Lots of scouts who enjoyed tremendous programs with enthusiastic staff members. Still the best Scout Camp in the Region!
The Alumni Association donated $1500.00 towards the new kayaks for the waterfront, and $350.00 to staff training. Thanks to the Ed Christophers Fund and Alumnus Shawn Donnelly, over $500.00 was given in scholarships to various staff members.The Casoni Museum, owned and operated by the Association, is still in operation and open during the summer for visitors.
I hope you continue to support the camp as you have done in the past. The Spirit of Squanto still exists!

Posted on Octo 31, 2005 - 9:18:06
Name: MUGU

Posted on Aug 7, 2005 - 5:45:29
Name: Kevin Guarino plymouth,ma. [u.s.a.]
Comments: Yesterday, I decided to visit, camp, and attend the alumni meeting. It has been years since I departed, and yet the feel, and look of the camp was quite familiar. It was great to see some old freinds, and to tour our museum.During the meeting we discussed the future of the C.S.A.A. and it was evident we need to make changes. I hope some of us can step up and work together again to bring new life and a great future to the alumni asc.and Camp Squanto, please feel free to contact me with any ideas and suggestions.

Posted on Feb 15, 2005 - 8:43:07
Name: Gregory W Winnett Buford, GA [USA]
Comments: It was greatly saddened to hear today of the recent loss of Aleramo Skiddy Casoni. As a young child growing up up in Whitman, I lived next door to the Casoni family for many years. Although almost 50 years have past, many of my childhood memories are firmly rooted with Skiddy and the Casoni family. From playing in his yard to attending cub scout meetings in his home, the Casonis were like part of our extended family. How wonderous were the sights and smells to a young boy visiting in his workshop. Even as an adult, when my wife and I had an opportunity to visit a few years back, a trip into the workshop held that same majic. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the Casoni family and everyone who was touched by this great man. Im sure there was a special place in heaven waiting for him.

Posted on Feb 12, 2005 - 11:57:49
Name: Barry Blanchard Wellsville, PA [USA]
Comments: The web site brought back many memories from my years at camp in the 1960s, both as a camper in the Mohican area from 1961-1963 and a counselor from 1964-1967. I would be interested in learning more about the Casoni museum. Was it named in honor of Dave Casoni? I remember the forest fire that touched the camp. Many of us spent time waiting in the mess hall to try to protect the buildings if the fire got close enough but it just touched the corner of the camp. That summer with Camp Cachalot and Squanto combined operations at the Squanto facilities, we met many great people from the New Bedford area. Always enjoyed taking campers on overnight canoe trips across Fawn Pond, and down the stumpy river to camp out at the dam down river. What does the fund raising auction support?

Posted on Jan 6, 2005 - 7:56:44
Name: Jim Kippenhan Norfolk, VA
Comments: Well said, Joe! Many of us are blessed to have known you as well.
Below is a tribute from Skiddys Congressman dated 1989. It gives a good picture of a great man!
[Page: E1448]
in the House of Representatives
TUESDAY, MAY 2, 1989
Mr. DONNELLY. Mr. Speaker, I rise today to honor and salute one of my constituents, Mr. Aleramo `Skiddy Casoni of Whitman, MA. `Skiddy was born in Italy in 1906 and arrived in the United States in 1915. Mr. Casoni joined the Boy Scouts of America in 1919 as a Lone Scout. Today, 70 years later `Skiddy is still a member, visiting two of the local camps regularly.
`Skiddy has been a living example of independence and dependability. Through the 1940s and 1950s for 18 years he has served as scoutmaster and a key member of the search committee that founded Camp Squanto, in Plymouth. `Skiddy helped plan, design and build the Camp Squanto we know today.
From scoutmaster he went on to serve as neighborhood commissioner, where his guidance inspired many of the young scouts to go on to pursue very fulfilling lives. This is the sort of commitment and dedication that earned him such distinguished honors as the Silver Beaver in 1955 and the St. George Award in 1957. In the 1980s `Skiddy was presented with the Silver Deer award, the Order of the Arrow Founders award and the Good Turn award.
Mr. Casoni exhibits the genuine integrity essential to building the character and leadership qualities the Boy Scouts traditionally instill in their members.
In addition to all `Skiddy does for the Scouts, he is also very active in the Whitman community. His efforts have been recognized and awarded by various groups and associations. The Junior Chamber of Commerce and the Plymouth County Education Association extended their esteem for `Skiddy by honoring him with their distinguished service awards and the list goes on and on.
On Friday May 5, the Old Mills District of the Old Colony Council of the Boy Scouts of America, will be honoring `Skiddy for his decades of continual support and devotion, at their annual dinner.
`Skiddy Casoni is the embodiment of American ideals. As a first generation immigrant he has taught the youth of this country what sincere commitment, solid values, and focused ideals can achieve in America today.

Posted on Jan 1, 2005 - 5:34:30
Name: Joe Piche Plymouth [USA]
Comments: It is really great to see so many former staff members leaving messages.
Just a note to say Squanto lost one of the greatest people and founders of the Camp on Thursday, December 23rd. Skiddy Casoni died but his memory will live on in the Spirit of Squanto.
We thank God for his Life, his Friensdhip and his Example to us all.

Posted on Nov 8, 2004 - 8:58:20
Name: gerard Black pittsburgh [pa]
Comments: Its been a LOOOOOOOng time!
I staffed there one summer in the mid-sixties.
Director of maintainence, road repair, hog-calling and security.
glad to see the camp is still there!
I have fond memories.
Is Dave Casoni still involved? Say Hello to him for me!

Posted on Nov 8, 2004 - 8:58:18
Name: gerard Black pittsburgh [pa]
Comments: Its been a LOOOOOOOng time!
I staffed there one summer in the mid-sixties.
Director of maintainence, road repair, hog-calling and security.
glad to see the camp is still there!
I have fond memories.
Is Dave Casoni still involved? Say Hello to him for me!

Posted on Sep 9, 2004 - 01:31:37
Name: David Darois Steubenville [USA]
Comments: Oooops!
My phone number is 740-282-7739, not 292

Posted on Sep 9, 2004 - 01:28:55
Name: David Darois Steubenville [USA]
Comments: Carl Bertolino Jr asked for info on Sean Lyons, and I need info on old friends too (I dont expect the ones I chased away to respond, but Id be glad to reconcile my differences if they do)
Heres a copy of the lettewr I sent Carl Jr:
Im not Sean, or Chris, or Gary, but I called your father looking for your phone number a couple weeks ago. Id love to have Karens too, but thats another story.
I had precisely two people in troop 20 who acted like they were my friends. You, and Jim Lyons. I found Sean Lyons on the web. The picture looks like him. Ive recently had cause to be concerned about how I treated him after his brother died, and when your father told me his family dissappeared, and Squantos Camp director said his parents havent visited in five years, I wanted to find out if they were okay. On a Catholic network, a man who wrote a book about how he dealt with the grief of a lost six year old boy made me think of them. Ive had a very bad feeling about their dissappearing like that, and it just wont go away. If I found the right person, he seems to have become a journalist, but I cant get him to respond to e-mail. I really want to find out where he is and whats happenning.
If you know what happened to Jeff Goldman or how I can get hold of him, or if you find Sean, please call and let me know at 740-292-1138. If I can have your phone number, I can save you money because I dont get charged extra for long distance? Besides, Id love to talk to you again. I didnt have many freiends in Scouts, but Im writing a book and the characters are based on people I know.
-Dave Darois

Posted on Aug 25, 2004 - 2:09:33
Name: Walter Eykel Norton [USA]
Comments: I worked on staff for the summers of 1977, 78 and 79 in many areas of the camp. Before that I was a camper for two years with Norfolk Troop 80. My oldest son is now in Boy Scouts and I hope to get his troop to Squanto next summer. I know he will enjoy it as much as I did. I was back for a visit for a visit a couple of weeks ago. I was happy to see some of the improvements but I was also happy to see that a lot is exactly the way I remember camp as a boy.
In my free time these days I serve as Cubmaster for Norton Cub Pack 61 and Asst Scout Master for Troop 61.
If anyone has any pictures of the camp from the late 1970’s I would love to get copies. Unfortunately, I don’t have many photos from my time at Squanto. Email me. Thanks.

Posted on Aug 9, 2004 - 01:48:20
Name: Suzanne Sturgis Hingham, MA [USA]
Comments: I have very fond memories of Camp Squanto. I visited every year with my dad, David Sturgis-Scoutmaster Troop 103, who helped with his vast knowledge to create, design and enlighten boys and men of all ages. My dad is looking for dates of his involvement with Scouts. If anyone can help with information, please email me. Thanks to all whove made Camp Squanto one of my treasured memories from my youth. My whole family(2 brothers, 2 sisters) treasures the memories created at Camp Squanto and it will always remain in our hearts. Thanks to all the men and boys who helped create this unique place. Suzanne(stayed in the family area every year).

Posted on Aug 7, 2004 - 09:44:49
Name: Jim Kippenhan Norfolk, VA
Comments: Hope that this years reunion is a success. I wish that I could be there to honor Woody.

Posted on Jul 21, 2004 - 3:06:18
Name: Ken Doyon Berkley Ma
Comments: I was so sadden at the news of the passing of Al “Woody” Woodman. He will always hold a place in my heart as one of the best examples of the “Squanto Spirit”. I hope some of you remember the little “toon” that he shared with some of us staff members “When I was Young and in my Prime” (just out of ear shot from Joe). Looking at the web site and all the pictures brings back some wonderful memories of my summers at Camp Squanto. Those summers will always be some of my fondest.
Sincerely in Scouting,
Ken Doyon
Waterfront Staff / Bugler 77-80

Posted on Apr 1, 2004 - 8:24:21
Name: terry smith ft worth,tx [usa]
Comments: was an asst scoutmaster in brockton in the early 80s while i was in the navy. just found this site while showing my son were his dad scouting road has been . still have great memories of scouting in new england. scouters have fun too ! am now an asst for my sons troop and still having fun !

Posted on Mar 27, 2004 - 04:11:27
Name: Bill Pellowe
Site URL:
Comments: Weve started a site for staff alumni of the former Camp Child. is the address.

Posted on Mar 17, 2004 - 7:18:50
Name: Jack McGowan East Bridgewater, MA [USA]
Comments: S.T.A.R. 1987 -88, Asst Waterfront Director 1989,
Waterfront Director 1960.

Posted on Mar 14, 2004 - 10:48:36
Name: Arnie Briggs
Comments: Correction
Chris Corkerys e-mail address is:

Posted on Mar 14, 2004 - 4:40:08
Name: Arnie Briggs Marshfield Hills, MA 02051
Comments: Just received an e-mail from Chris Corkery who is stationed in Iraq. He would enjoy hearing from fellow staff.

Posted on Mar 9, 2004 - 04:52:09
Name: Jim Cummings Holbrook , Ma
Comments: Camper76-80 , Camp Staff 81-83. As most people would know me as Buzz. As 21 yrs have past my son has crossed over to Boy Scouts a year ago and since then I have also joined back into scouting as one of the Assistant Scoutmasters. My summers spent at Squanto will always be the best times I had in scouts as I was younger and hope my son enjoys it as much as I did.

Posted on Mar 8, 2004 - 5:29:20
Name: Jonathan Sides Acton [MA]
Comments: Camper 69-70, Camp Staff 71-77. I check in on this page all the time but over the weekend I was going through a bunch of Scout stuff that I was donating to a man in Littleton that has a museum so thought it was time to write. My middle son went to scout camp in NH this past summer and on the way home he had two questions: Can I go longer next year and when can I join the staff! Of course the pay now is a lot better (no pay)than I remember . My days at Squanto are still some of my fondest.

Posted on Feb 10, 2004 - 6:50:38
Name: David Wilson Milton, MA [USA]
Comments: I camped at Squanto from 1970 - 1975 with Troop 16 from Brockton, MA. Six years! I got just about every merit badge that was offered. Had a great time every year. All of the years except one we stayed at the Sioux site. I wouldnt trade those trips for anything. My son now goes to camp at T.L. Storer in NH. I kind of wish he could go to Squanto also but I guess things have to change. Im sorry Camp Child had to close. I never stayed there for the summer but I did stay there for some council camporees. Now the camp is fill with expensive houses. Only a couple of the camp buildings survive now. I started scouts in 1969 with the old Squanto council. My first camping trip was with their last camporee in the fall of 1969.
If anyone reads this from Troop 16 from that time please email me. A reunion would be nice.
Were the guys from Troop 16,
we arent very neat ....

Posted on Dec 28, 2003 - 4:47:10
Name: Rick Otto Knoxville, Arkansas [usa]
Comments: Camper - 71-73 Camp Staff 74-75
Anyone who has spent any time at Camp Squanto will forever carry the Spirt. I will never forget my time spent there.
Mr. Briggs, I almost have my Chukka Moccasins finished...

Posted on Dec 17, 2003 - 9:42:24
Name: Jim Kippenhan Norfolk, VA
Comments: As Christmas approaches, my thoughts turn to the annual post Christmas reunions at camp. Merry Christmas to all of you who love Camp Squanto.
Jim Kippenhan
Scoutcraft Staff - 1978 to 1981

Posted on Nov 26, 2003 - 10:53:14
Name: Austin Kenealy Dublin [Ireland]
Comments: Hi
I was in Camp Squanto way back 1979 with the 61th
troop. I remember we set up camp beside a Cranberry bog, There was a monkey bridge spanning it. It was near a log cabin. Aaaaah !The good auld memories. Ive still got the USA Uniform and some other Memorabilia. Super time Txs.

Posted on Sep 18, 2003 - 2:20:34
Name: Kevin Dumas Abington [Massachusetts]
E-Mail: depotkev66@adelphia
Comments: I was in Troop 32 East Bridgewater under the great leadership of my scout master Jack Julius from 1978-1982. I spent three wonderful summers at Camp Squanto. Always at the eries site. My son is just joining the tiger cubs now and I cant wait till he too can share in the great memories like I have of camping at Squanto.

Posted on Sep 8, 2003 - 3:27:48
Name: Carl Bertolino North Attleboro [USA]
Comments: Hi all,
Mr. Briggs Thanks for getting this all setup it is a nice place to relive memories. I was affiliated with Troop 20 Abington/Brockton from 1973 to 1989. The site is a nice place to go to and relive memories.
I am looking for a few people from troop 20. I was wondering if any one knows where they are
Christopher Corkery, Sean Lyons, Gary Richards just to name the few.
Thanks again,
Carl Bertolino Jr

Posted on Aug 20, 2003 - 0:27:39
Name: Sarah Harkness London [England]
Comments: I worked on staff in the summer of 1982 and have just discovered the camps website. I was very pleased to see that both Emily, Elliott and Shayne are still working at Squanto after all this time. The site has enabled me to e mail Emily again after all this time, the last time we were in contact was 1993. I also have numerous photos of my great summer in 1992 and will never forget the fun I had. The scar I received falling down in the dark on my way to waterfront is still visible on my knee. I only hope that my son will in future get to experience the whole joy of camping and the boy scouts in England.

Posted on Aug 2, 2003 - 1:40:14
Name: Jim Kippenhan Norfolk, VA
Comments: Today is the annual meeting of the CSAA. Had hoped to be there, but things did not work out. Hope that you have a great time.

Posted on Jul 6, 2003 - 03:27:44
Comments: Hello,Many years ago I attended camp with troop 56 in Holbrook and later I was a member of the staff at Camp Child. Mr. Briggs you are still the consumate Camp Director in my memory. My dad admired your grace,dignity and quiet manner, you where always a gentleman. Thank You!I am glad to hear that Camp Squanto has not met the same fate as Child did. Please keep up your Alumni association. I beg any of you former staff members to never get complacent with your efforts to preserve the future of such places that brought so much joy and growth to your childhood. Your children are counting on you.Take care and God Bless you!Robert G. Leuchte-Eagle ScoutSon of Paul F. Leuchte- ScoutmasterBrother of Paul T. Leuchte-Eagle Scout

Posted on Jun 24, 2003 - 2:44:56
Name: Chris Phinney Canton Ma
Comments: Best of luck for another year. On a personal note my wife and I were blessed with a beautyful baby girl, Donna Janette, in November. Keep up the website is a great reminder of fantastic memories for those of us who havent been back in a while.

Posted on Jun 2, 2003 - 10:57:07
Name: John Smith Concord [u.s.a.]
Comments: this is the best website avalible an also the bt camp my screen name is johnny boy 555
thanx again squanto

Posted on May 29, 2003 - 01:42:18
Name: Mitsuru (Patrick) Kitamura Otsu [Japan]
Comments: Dear friends,
Im a former camp staff of Camp Squanto in 1971
. Today, I feel very happy writing this message, because I could reach to your web-site. Though 32 years have passed since then, I still remember of the camp very often. Also visit friends of the camp sometimes.
It was August of 1991 when I visited Camp Squanto last. Then I found the plaque I presented to Camp for the memory and thanks on the wall of dinning hall. Thank you very much for keeping it for such a long time.
Please say hello to Arnold Briggs, Joe Piche and other people I know.
As I still visit friends in Hanson sometimes, Im able to visit camp again .
Mitsuru (Patrick) Kitamura

Posted on May 26, 2003 - 06:01:10

Posted on Mar 23, 2003 - 2:21:12
Name: Jim Kippenhan Norfolk, VA
Comments: John,
Glad to see the guest book up and running.
Thanks for the kind words on the guest book.
Men like Arnie Briggs, Joe Piche, Don Brown, Bob Warner, Al Woody Woodman, Bill Pelton, Bill Murphy, Brad Stoddard, Bill Keefe, Skip Howard and so many more, were great influences on my life and the lives of other Camp Squanto Staff and Campers.
My love of Scouting was nurtured at Camp Squanto. I am now the Assitant Scoutmaster in my local troop, giving back but what I got from these great men.
The Spirit of Squanto lives on in all of us.
Jim Kippenhan

Posted on Mar 16, 2003 - 6:09:32
Name: Arnold Briggs Marshfield Hills, Ma. 02051
Comments: Hi everyone!
Hope to hear from many of you. Thanks to John Mileris for setting up and maintaining our web-site.
Please spread the word.
Arnie Briggs

Posted on Mar 16, 2003 - 02:54:11
Name: John Mileris
Site URL:
Comments: At the request of Mr. Briggs I have added this guestbook to the CSAA web site. It is designed to be a forum for alumni to share ideas, general comments, and memories. I hope this proves to be a valuable resource for planning future events and I look forward to seeing what others have to say.

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