We Are Agassiz Village

say:  AG・uh・see 

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


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 750 children a summer. While we welcome all children ages 8–17, our focus is on underserved children in the greater Boston area. Most of our children live in at-risk neighborhoods in eastern Massachusetts. Most of our campers come from low income or poverty level families.

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.


Our mission is to prepare youth 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, President, Alumna

Theresa O'Bryant, V. President, Alumna

Ellen Corbett, Clerk, Alumna

Johnathan Gillim, Treasurer

Carlos Hoyt, Phd, LICSW, Alumnus

Allison Burroughs, Director

Warren Burroughs, Jr., Director

Che Elwell, Director
Wendy Horn, Director

Arnie Stewart, Director

Kelly Swaney, Director

Jon Levy, Director

Thomas Thrasher, Director


Year-Round Staff

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Lisa Carter


Executive Director

Lisa 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.


Micayla Carroll


Development Coordinator

Micayla is a United States Marine Corps veteran and recently joined the Agassiz Village family in 2020. She is enthusiastic about our mission and ready to serve our cause with honor, courage and commitment.  


Facilities Manager


Tim Pearson

Tim and his trusty companion Boots, just joined the AV Team this year. 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)!


Summer Staff 2020

Kevin Beakey, Assistant Camp Director

Libby Masalsky, Director of Teens

Jorge Morales, Program Director

Currently Hiring, Waterfront Director

Camille Ridge, Girls Section Leader

Juan Morales, Boys Section Leader

Lauren 'Red' Osborne, Director of SEL

April Brunner RN, Health Centre Manager

George Gardner EMT, Head of Operations

Tom Smith, Head Chef

Alicia Smith, Assistant Head Chef

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