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July 2016
THE CAMP STAFF ALUMNI ASSOCIATION
REGISTER TODAY!
Be sure to visit the  Spirit of Adventure Alumni Page , which will help you connect with Alumni from Camp Staffs (past and present), engage with ways to give back, and stay informed about coming events.

The 2016 Camp Staff
Alumni Weekend

ARE YOU READY TO HEAD BACK TO CAMP?

July 30-31, 2016     T.L. Storer Scout Reservation

Enthusiasm is growing as the Alumni Weekend is fast approaching.  Great activities and a fantastic menu are planned.   If you haven’t registered yet, please do so.

Remember, this event is for former staff members from all scout camps historically part of Boston Minuteman or Yankee Clipper Councils (and any of their legacy Councils), including those who served at Adams Pond, Wild Goose, Parker Mountain, Sachem, Quinipoxet, Loon Pond, Fellsland, Massasoit, Sayre, Indian Pond, Onway, Wah-Tut-Ca, or Lone Tree

The current staff is hard at work operating the camp and delivering a great program for the scouts, just as each of you once did.  Come experience the unique feeling of being in camp once again, reliving memories and the special experience of being on camp staff.  Importantly, meet and show support for the 2016 staff and see the improvements made through the hard work and generosity of the Camp Staff Alumni.

Walk the trails, see the program areas, swim at the waterfront or go fishing or boating, try the rifle or archery ranges and COPE course, and see the Scoutcraft and Nature areas.  In particular, enjoy the traditional lobster and steak banquet, and sing and laugh during the evening campfire.  Stay overnight if you wish.  Have fun and help preserve the traditions of summer camp.

Your registration fee includes Saturday lunch, camp activities, the Lobster & Steak banquet, campfire, post-campfire deserts, and a commemorative Staff Alumni Weekend T-shirt.  It also includes overnight accommodations (camp tents) on Saturday night -- and Sunday morning “coffee and donuts” for those who wish to stay.  Bring your kids and share your memories with them.  There will be plenty of free time to get re-acquainted with old friends and meet new ones.

ALUMNI SPIRIT AWARD HONOREE

The annual presentation of the Alumni Staff Spirit Awards will follow the banquet.  Our Honoree this year will be Nick Cortese, Camp Director at Adams Pond and staff at Storer Reservation from 1972-1976.  Nick will be appropriately roasted by staff alumni who served with him.  This should be a highlight of the weekend, and Nick will help lead the evening campfire.

Field Trip to Wah-Tut-Ca Scout Reservation 

There will be an optional field trip to Wah-Tut-Ca, Sunday July 31, from 9:00 – 11:00 AM at the conclusion of the Alumni Weekend.  All are welcome.  Gather at the Storer Reservation Dining Hall for a 9 AM timely departure.  Chuck Eaton, the Council Scout Executive, will discuss the integration of Storer, Parker Mountain, and Wah-Tut-Ca Scout camps.  Questions?  Contact Bruce Colvin at bacolvin@juno.com or 781-910-7368.

CAMP PHOTOGRAPHS AND ARTWORK-New this year

There will be framed photographs of camp on display and available for purchase in the dining hall during the Alumni Weekend. For several years, Alumni have asked about professionally prepared camp photographs for themselves or as a gift for others, and we have begun the process of making them available in 2016. So – bring your checkbook if you might want to purchase one. Let us know what photographs you would like to see in the future – aerial views, waterfront, parade ground, etc. Proceeds go to Alumni-sponsored camp projects – so it’s a great way to take a memory home while also helping the camp.

CHECK IN 

Check in at the Storer Reservation Dining Hall.  Just follow the signs!  Registration will be from 9:00 am – 11:00 am. Come early to meet and greet your old and new friends.  See the camp staff and scouts as they perform their end-of-week flag and awards ceremony at the parade ground, beginning at 9:00 AM.

PARKING 

Parking will be in the main lot near the camp entrance and Ranger’s house.  Camp is still in session, so traffic must be kept to a minimum.  If you require handicapped parking, or special accommodations, just let us know in advance or at check in.  Also, if you are planning to bring an RV, there will be space provided; just let us know in advance.

WHAT TO BRING 

Bring your old photos, yearbooks, patches, memorabilia, swim trunks, bug spray, fishing pole, flashlight, and rain gear (in case of liquid sunshine). Most of all, bring lots of stories to share with others.  If you are planning on staying in one of the camp tents, bring a mosquito net and sleeping bag; campsites are reserved for us. Tents will have bunks and mattress pads.  You can request a tent at check in (or bring your own tent).

DIRECTIONS TO CAMP IN Barnstead, NH

Although many of us could drive to camp with our eyes closed at one time, you may have to rely on your GPS or MapQuest for help.  (Note: There have been reports that GPS systems may direct you to Province Road which has fallen into disrepair.)  From Route 93 North, take Exit 9N for Route 28 North towards Hooksett, NH.  Proceed along Route 28 to Route 126.  Pass through Center Barnstead and then look for Bow Lake Road; turn right.  Continue to John Tasker Road, turn right there, and follow that road to the camp entrance.

Alumni Weekend PRE-Registration

Adult/Friend/Spouse Camp Staff Alumni   $50.00

College/Student Camp Staff Alumni         $25.00

Children of Camp Staff Alumni               $15.00 

Note: Pre-registration is highly encouraged. 
Walk-in registration fees are $5 more than those listed above.

ALUMNI DUES (VOLUNTARY) 

Annual          $25.00

Lifetime      $250.00 


For more information, contact

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Summer Camp History


The new Spirit of Adventure Council includes camps affiliated with Boston, Cambridge, Quincy, Minuteman, Quannapowitt, Fellsland, and Sachem councils that merged over time into Boston Minuteman Council.  Similarly, North Essex, North Bay, Lone Tree, and Greater Lowell councils merged over time into Yankee Clipper Council.  This consolidation of councils spanned 55 years. 
 
Storer Reservation (Adams Pond and Wild Goose), Parker Mountain, Sachem, Quinapoxet, Massasoit, Sayre, Loon Pond, and Fellsland are camps associated with the historic Boston Minuteman Council, of which only Storer Reservation in Barnstead NH remains active with a summer program for Boy Scouts.  In addition to Storer Reservation, Parker Mountain in Barnstead NH remains available for off-season and outpost camping, and Camp Sayre at the Council headquarters in Milton provides weekend camping year-round.  Camps historically associated with Yankee Clipper Council include Onway, Lone Tree, and Wah-Tut-Ca; the latter two still operate, as a summer Cub Scout camp and Boy Scout camp, respectively.
 
Regardless of the camp where you served on staff, the Alumni Association is for all former camp staff, with the goal to support Scouting, leadership development, and summer camp programs.   Not surprisingly, alumni from every camp have found common ground when sharing stories and program ideas.  It’s still scout camp, and alumni enjoy the feeling of entering camp, sharing memories, and contributing once again.

Is you Alumni Group listed our our website HERE? If not, please EMAIL us to make sure that it is added.
 
Collectively, alumni from various decades and camps can share their program successes, best practices, and professional skills to make camp incredible for the scouts who attend today.  Please participate as you can -- and help find former staff to expand the alumni membership!

Membership


The Alumni Association is updating its membership directory.  If you can locate a former staff member, or have contact information to update for yourself, please contact Dom Ilacqua at dominic.ilacqua@gmail.com or Bruce Colvin at bacolvin@juno.com (781-910-7368).  Help make sure that you and others are on the distribution list for newsletters and event announcements.

Involvement


The Alumni Association is comprised of camp staff spanning seven decades.   As with any organization, there is an ongoing need for help with various tasks.  If you want a leadership role, or just help with one event, please contact Bruce Colvin at bacolvin@juno.com.   There’s something for everyone – from work weekends and social events - to fundraising and sharing of technical expertise and skills.
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