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Here abounds the health and happiness of growing things.
Here are built sound roads from adolescence to adulthood, from the individual to society.

This is ...

Agassiz Village

- Harry E. Burroughs, Founder

say:  AG・uh・see 

Our History

Agassiz Village was founded in 1935 at its present lakeside location in Poland Maine by Mr. & Mrs. Harry E. Burroughs. Then, as now, Agassiz gave children the opportunity to escape the hardship of their daily lives. Originally the camp served boys who worked as newsboys, bootblacks, or other street vendors. The boys learned basic job skills, practiced school subjects, experienced outdoor living, and developed many life skills.

 

The camp opened its doors to an adaptive program for physically disabled campers in the late 1950's, and girls joined the camp in 1973 when it became coed. Campers come from all over the New England area to experience this unique program.


Today, Agassiz Village serves nearly 500 children a summer. While we welcome all children ages 8–17, our focus is reaching children in Maine and Massachusetts from under-resourced communities.

- Harry E. Burroughs, Founder

Our mission is to prepare kids for life's journey

 

We offer children the opportunity, in a summer camp environment, to develop and practice leadership and life skills that will impact their future in education, family, career, and in their communities.  Our programs are an investment in the future, to inspire and enable all children, especially those who need our support the most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible leaders.

 

Meet the Board

Leslie Hoyt - Board President, Chief Commercial Officer at Olaris

 

Theresa M. O’Bryant - Board Vice President, Dean of Student Success and Engagement at MA College of Liberal Arts

 

Jonathan Gillim - Board Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer at Randolph

 

Ellen Corbett - Board Clerk, Realtor Hillman Homes

 

Allison Burroughs - Director, U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts

 

Cheryl Dalrymple - Director, Chief People Officer and Head of Corporate Development at Confluent

 

Che Elwell, Director AVP John Hancock Data and Integration Services

 

Wendy Horn, DirectorManaging Director at Raymond James Financial

 

Ben Kern, Director Tax Director at PwC

 

Jon Levy - Director, CEO & Founder American Holt

Nimish Shah, DirectorFounder and CEO Tele-Therapeutics

 

Arnie Stewart, DirectorManaging Director Committee for Public Counsel Services

 

Kelly Swaney, Director

 

Thomas Thrasher, DirectorOwner Canyon Springs Landscaping

 

Year-Round Staff

 

We are Agassiz!

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Lisa Carter

 

Executive Director

Lisa has over 20 years of experience working at and leading nonprofit organizations. She joined Agassiz Village in 2020 and wants to give the greatest number of children the amazing opportunity to participate in the fun and formative experience of Agassiz.

 

Ash Bahi

 

Camp Director

Ash, who is originally from the UK, joined Agassiz in the summer of 2013 as a Camp Cabin Counselor. Having worked his way up the ladder to Camp Director, Ash's passion and dedication for the kids we serve is undeniable.

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Leanne Cordischi

 

Development Coordinator

Leanne has 15 years of event, development, and communications experience in the municipal and non profit sector. Her work for the City of  Marlborough, the Lincoln Sudbury Scholarship Fund and the United Way, required her to utilize creativity and passion to provide opportunities for others. Leanne is excited to share her skills at AV.

 

Facilities

Manager

 

Tim Pearson

Tim and his trusty companion Boots, joined the AV Team in 2020. Tim has studied and worked all over New England and has several years of experience in facilities maintenance. Our beautiful camp grounds are in great hands (and paws)!

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Youth Development Specialist

 

Casey Thomas

Casey is passionate about helping youth. He has much experience working with kids and at camps previously as an educator at Nature’s Classroom, a teacher at Camp for Me, and as a Behavior Interventionist at the Baird School where he taught students social and emotional learning. 2021 will be his first summer supporting the kids of Agassiz Village.

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