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

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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.

Susannah Benn

Development Coordinator

Susannah graduated from Smith College in 2020 and has been working in the nonprofit sector ever since. She joined Agassiz Village in 2021 and is excited to support AV and its fundraising goals as a former summer camper herself. 

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)!



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.