nick cortese on July 6th, 2016


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, including those who served at Adams Pond, Wild Goose, Parker Mountain, Sachem, Quinipoxett, 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.


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.


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 or 781-910-7368.


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 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 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.


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).


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.


Adult/Friend/Spouse Camp Staff Alumni College/Student Camp Staff Alumni

Children of Camp Staff Alumni

$50.00 $25.00 $15.00

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


Annual $25.00 Lifetime $250.00


Tony Morganelli: Dom Ilacqua:

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May 2016






Council Merger Update:

Spirit of Adventure Council

Boston Minuteman Council merged with Yankee Clipper Council in July 2015.  Yankee Clipper historically extended north of the Boston Minuteman communities into southern New Hampshire.  The newly aligned council now extends in eastern Massachusetts from Boston to the New Hampshire border.

The Scout Executive is Chuck Eaton, former staff member at Storer Reservation in the 1980s.  As part of the merger, three scout camps in New Hampshire have been integrated to maximize program opportunities, creating a network of camps: Storer, Wah-Tut-Ca, and Parker Mountain – known as the “Northern Nexus.”

Storer and Wah-Tut-Ca are maintaining typical summer programs, with each camp having unique capabilities.  Parker Mountain is being used as a year-round, outpost-style camp.  It’s an exciting time for camping with this newly merged council that is maximizing resources, innovation, and staff skills.

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Excitement Builds

Within the Council

The Council Administrative Office is now located in West Cummings Park (Woburn, MA), to better serve our entire area. Camp Sayre now abounds with activity throughout the year, and as the flagship location of New England Base Camp, it is Open to Everyone (Scouts and the public), and provides an assortment of weekend programming and specialty weeks, such as winter camp and STEM camp (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics).  More than 15,000 scouts have participated at Camp Sayre during the past year, and that camp serves as a great stepping stone to the adventure and advanced activities at Council properties in New Hampshire (the “Northern Nexus”).

In addition to camp-related activities, the Council has reorganized staffing and made substantial strides regarding




Alumni Weekend:

Save the Date

The annual Alumni Weekend for former camp staff will be Saturday, July 30, at Storer Scout Reservation.  Detailed announcements will follow in June and July.  Last year’s event was great fun.  The current staff showed their enthusiasm and skills and, in return, heard plenty of old stories from alumni.

Come meet the current staff and old and new friends — walk the trails, see the program areas, enjoy the lobster and steak banquet, take a dip in the pond or go fishing or boating, and sing and laugh during the evening campfire.  Stay over Saturday night if you wish, and enjoy the sounds of sunrise in camp and Sunday brunch.

Former staff members from all scout camps historically part of Boston, Minuteman, and Yankee Clipper councils are welcome to attend, including those who served at: Adams Pond and Wild Goose (Storer), Parker Mountain, Sachem, Loon Pond, Massasoit, Sayre, Fellsland, Quinapoxet, Indian Pond, Onway, Lone Tree, or Wah-Tut-Ca.

Plan to be there, and families and friends are welcome!  Questions?  Contact Tony Morganelli at: or 781-223-5999.




Work Weekend:

Save the Date

The Alumni Association is sponsoring a “Day of Service” at Storer Reservation on Sunday, June 26, to help prepare for the camp season and mentor current staff who will be arriving that weekend.  Alumni will work alongside the current staff as part of our commitment to teambuilding and mentoring.

What will we be doing?  Helping to set up campsites, prepare the dining hall and parade ground, truck crew, painting, and fixing and repairing all the various items that arise when camp first opens.  Essentially – helping to share the tradition of making the camp “Look Sharp” when it opens to scouts and parents.  Alumni are stressing the motto: “Show The Pride in 2016.”

We need your help, and it’s only one day of exercise in the woods to share your camp skills and teach others.  Please contact Nick Cortese if you can attend: or 617-733-9031.  We’ll be starting at 8:30 AM, but arrive when you can and bring work gloves; meet at the dining hall.  Lunch will be provided.  Hope to see you there!




Alumni-Sponsored Projects

The Alumni are promoting and raising funds to revitalize the Scoutcraft and Nature areas at Storer Reservation to better emphasize Scouting basics.  The new Scoutcraft area has been designed and construction begins this year; it will be located along Reservation Road.  The Nature/Science center will be next; that design is underway and it will be located at the site dedicated in memory of Tony Toto in 1975.

The Scoutcraft area will include a storage building, multiple teaching areas, a large cooking area, model campsite, and bridges and towers.  This area, combined with staff expertise, will help spur pioneering projects and outdoor leadership skills throughout camp.  The new Nature/Science Area will have an assortment of displays and facilities to promote science and exploration of the incredible natural resources on the Reservation.

Please consider making a donation to these great projects.   Write checks to:  Spirit of Adventure Council and please put “Camp Staff Alumni Projects” in the notation line.  Mail your check to:  Spirit of Adventure Council, Camp Staff Alumni Association, 600 West Cummings Park, Suite 2750, Woburn, MA 01801.  All donations are tax deductible and will be acknowledged.

Please contact Bruce Colvin if you have questions (; 781-910-7368).  Thank you!




“Buy a Brick”

Recognition Campaign

The Council and Alumni Association are partnering to recognize the contributions of hundreds of staff members who spent their summers working at scout camp during the past seven decades.  Starting this year, former staff from any of the current or former camps under the historic umbrella of the Spirit of Adventure Council can purchase a commemorative brick that will be installed next to the Storer dining hall, creating a physical memorial to those who have worn the staff uniform.

This campaign will help provide a permanent record of those who built and operated the camps and, importantly, it will provide funds to support alumni-sponsored camp projects at Storer and Parker Mountain.  Get on-board now and have your name among the first rows.  You can purchase a brick for yourself, for a former staff member you admired, or in tribute to a deceased staff member.  Let’s fill the space with dozens of bricks and be able to see the names of so many special contributors to summer camp success as troops and visitors walk past the dining hall.

What do you need to do?  A contribution of $250 is requested for each brick.  Write checks to:  Spirit of Adventure Council and please put “Brick Campaign” in the notation line.  Mail your check to:  Spirit of Adventure Council, Camp Staff Alumni Association, 411 Unquity Road, Milton, MA 02186.

Importantly, include with your check the following information:

  1. First name, middle initial, and last name
  2. Years on camp staff
  3. What camp(s)
  4. Highest staff position held.

Please also include contact information in case we have a question (phone, email).  Encourage others from your era to participate, so your decade is well represented.  Get your name included with others.




Alumni Are Helping!

Camp Staff Alumni continue to help improve facilities at Camp Sayre in Milton, adjacent to the council headquarters.  This past year, alumni helped build and revitalize cabins and enhanced program areas there.  They also are actively helping at Storer; for example, a team led by Jerry Mullin is improving the COPE course with a “vertical cave” challenge.

Alumni also participated in the Council’s annual “Merit Badge University” at Harvard University that brought together scouts and specialists for intense focus on specific merit badges.  That event was attended by about 400 scouts in March and April.  Many thanks to Nick Cortese (Pulp and Paper) and Steve Wallace (Criminal Justice) for donating their time and aiding the scouts who attended their merit badge classes.  We hope that other alumni will follow your lead in 2017.  Interested?  Contact Chuck Eaton at




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!





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 or Bruce Colvin at (781-910-7368).  Help make sure that you and others are on the distribution list for newsletters and event announcements.





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   There’s something for everyone – from work weekends and social events – to fundraising and sharing of technical expertise and skills.
















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