Celebrating 100 Years of The Wanocksett Experience
The Pioneers - Where it all began
In 1924, a group of Scouters from the Wachusett Council, led by Ted Boutilier, Scoutmaster of Troop 1 in Leominster, drove to the old Simeon Bullard Farm in Dublin, NH with a vision – to create a place where the Scouts of north-central Massachusetts could practice their Scoutcraft and learn “loyalty, obedience, courage, and many other virtures necessary to wholesome community living.” 215 boys participated that first summer. Since then, thousands of young people have experienced the Scouting program at Camp Wanocksett. Now, 100 years later, you’re invited to celebrate and look back on the impact that Camp Wanocksett has had on generations of Scouts.
Reflect on the Past, Live the Present, Look to the Future!
It’s a party a century in the making – one singular event couldn’t possibly allow us to celebrate the past 100 years of the Wanocksett Experience. The Camp Alumni Association is hosting a year-long celebration to mark this occasion. Join us as we explore our history, build for our future, and celebrate our camp stories throughout the year.
100th Anniversary Kick-Off
Camp alumni past and present are invited to join us as we kick off the 100th Anniversary season at Camp Wanocksett with a day of exploring the history of our Scouting home.
You’ll have the opportunity to tell your connection to Camp Wanocksett and contribute to the 100th anniversary museum to be showcased this summer at camp. Bring your photos, patches, brochures, and memorabilia to be scanned or photographed and added to our digital archive of Wanocksett history. While you’re here, take the opportunity to record your favorite memories of camp as part of our oral history project.
The event will also include the opportunity to share your stories with other alumni and network with others. We’ll be announcing the details of our other events scheduled to take place throughout the year and letting you know how you can get involved.
The event cost includes the first patch in a series – each event we hold will feature a different patch in the set for the 100th anniversary. Your ticket also includes light food; additional food and drinks are available for purchase at the venue.
When: January 13, 2024 2:30pm-7pm
Where: The Billiards Cafe (39 Main St #201, Ayer, MA 01432)
Cost: $10 per person – includes patch and light food
Dress: Casual (No Uniforms)
Documenting the Past
100th Anniversary Museum
The Alumni Association has been hard at work the last few years gathering and cataloging artifacts related to camp. We have collected everything from patches and photos, slides and brochures, camp maps and documents. The team is curating these assets, purchased and collected entirely by volunteers, into our 100th Anniversary Museum. This museum will have its grand opening at the Summer Family Day in June, and live at camp for the entire summer so campers, leaders, and alumni can enjoy. After the camp season, it will be on showcase at the Celebration Gala in November. The goal is to also share the museum in an online format as well.
Contribute Your Verse
The Alumni Association History team is in search of patches, photos, slides, videos, brochures, camp maps, documents, t-shirts – your name it; we’re looking for it! The history team will be digitizing items at the 100th Anniversary Kick Off Event in January. You can sign up for a time to drop stuff off and meet with the team. We’ll also be recording oral histories which you can sign up to record in our portable studio.
Can’t attend the January event or don’t live in the area any more? Contact us to work with us to digitize your materials at home and submit them to us, or pick a time to record your oral history via video conference.
Merchandise & Patches
No celebration is complete without exclusive merchandise and patches. Tickets for each of our four events this year include a patch in our set. Complete sets will be available for purchase and include additional patches commemorating the 100th anniversary year.
Other patches that are being commissioned for this celebration include
- A throwback “felt” patch similar to the first patch campers would have received
- A commemorative lodge flap issued by Catamount Lodge, Order of the Arrow
- Standard issue camper patches to complete a set of 4 patches issued for the 2022-2024 seasons
Additional merchandise is for sale through the Alumni Association, including:
- Pint glasses
- Belt Buckles
- Commemorative prints suitable for framing