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an organization by and for the extended family of Camp Cachalot
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A waterfront scene from the summer of 1983 is this week's #tbt selection. Quite a bit happening in this one: you have some swamped canoes under the English gates (maybe getting ready for a canoe-over-canoe rescue), rowboats and sailboats out, and what looks to be some dead-man float practice in the swimmer's area, all of which probably adds up to this being morning merit badge classes. No one is immediately recognizable, but there's a guard in the tripod by the canoes and another on the dock (who could be Russ Monast.) And, yes, that is a water volleyball court.
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This week's #tbt photo comes from a slide from 1960-something (only '196' was legible on the date stamp), and shows a crowd of unidentified Scouts (several of whom are wearing their Cachalot t-shirts) watching what looks to be a knife-related demo from an equally-unidentified Scouter. There looks to be a staffer looking over the Scouter's shoulder, at least if that's one of the old 'pith helmets' on his head. This is another from a large batch of slides salvaged by Vic Sylvia during the Moby Dick Council office move out of 39 Grove Street.

If you recognize anyone, please share.
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Another slide from a recent batch of scanning for #tbt this week. This one was dated July of 1985, showing CIT Chuck Hammond (in uniform) getting ready to play Troop Guide on Sunday check-in for Troop 51 Acushnet, including Joseph Jay Kaufman (in the blue hat, rear left), Gregory L'Abbe (blue shirt between Jay and Chuck), Scott Leaver (red shirt, front left), and Keith Choquette (far right.) No idea who the other two Scouts are.

This is in the parking area by the Maintenance Shed, with the main road (then Five Mile Pond Road, now Scouting Way) behind them.
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Hope everyone enjoyed their Thanksgiving, and that you had some help with cleanup, maybe like these unidentified Scouts in this week's #tbt photo, washing up serving trays in the small cook shack attached to the large mess tent that served as a "dining hall" the first few years of summer camp at Cachalot.

As what passes for an archivist and historian for the Alumni Association, I'm thankful today and every day for all those folks who have saved or salvaged all the photos and documents that make up our archives, and for sharing them with us! We've amassed over 850 documents, over 8,350 photos, and more than 16 hours of video, not including the photos I've taken myself over the last few decades. So, to all of you who've sent me an envelope of old black & whites, a box of slides, a reel of 8mm film, VHS tapes, or a pile of old committee meeting minutes, thank you again!

(Oh… this shot is from Cachalot's opening summer in 1946, and came to us from Ray Covill, Jr.)
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Here's one from the most recent batch of archival scanning for #tbt this week, showing our illustrious Chairman, Brian Bastarache, with another unidentified staffer and a camper during the summer of 1988, when Brian was a Nature staffer and the Nature area was located basically where Magee Village is today. Note the chicken wire surrounding the stream–Brian had constructed that to hold some fish, turtles, and frogs in the stream, and for a good part of the summer it contained a large snapping turtle as well (a relation of Mongo.)
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…and a bonus threefer for #tbt, since Larry Almeida was looking for a few more with faces. There's no real group photo in the set, but there are some with folks facing the camera, and one that is probably Larry himself in front of the "Texas Towers", which does help set these photos up near Abner Pond.
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How's about a threefer for #tbt this week? These all come from a conservation weekend at Cachalot (the slides are dated March of 1972), and show Scouts clearing brush and replanting trees as part of the continuing effort to restore Cachalot after the fire of 1964. These come from Everett Graviel, and it should be pretty easy to spot both he and Daryl Sylvia in these pictures. Any IDs on anyone else in the shots would be great.
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This week's #tbt picture comes to us from Wall of Famer Larry Harney, showing a canoe demonstration on the docks at Five Mile Pond. We don't have names for the Scouts involved, and while the photo is undated the waterfront fencing, docks, and the state of the trees all suggest the early 1950s. The Phillips House is on the hill in the background.
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Today's #tbt photo looks to me like it might be a group of Scouts making a variation of a coracle - a small, round boat. I've made a few of these, and the process looks really similar near the end. You stake out two circles, one inside the other, fill the space between the two circles with brush and branches, unstake it, lay the resulting ring on a piece of canvas, tuck the canvas around and tie it, then use it as an improvised watercraft.

It's possible they could just be loading brush into a tarp, too, but where's the fun in that?

The picture is from my most recent batch of scanning, from the collection salvaged by Victor, and was date-stamped Sept. 1974, meaning it was probably from summer camp of that year. Looks like the lagoon in the background. Anyone know who the staffer is?
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