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 ...
- Harry E. Burroughs, Founder
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.
OUR VISION: Children from Maine to Massachusetts, regardless of economic opportunity, experience Agassiz Village’s joyful, welcoming, and diverse community that inspires and enables them to explore new experiences and create the futures they envision.
OUR VALUES: Have Fun, Collaborate, Explore and Thrive!
Meet the Board
Leslie Hoyt - Board President, Chief Operating Officer at Naveris
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, Director - Managing Director at Raymond James Financial
Ben Kern, Director - Tax Director at PwC
Jon Levy - Director, CEO & Founder American Holt
Nimish Shah, Director - Founder and CEO Tele-Therapeutics
Arnie Stewart, Director - Managing Director Committee for Public Counsel Services
Kelly Swaney, Director
Thomas Thrasher, Director - Owner Canyon Springs Landscaping
Sean Toland, Director - Vice President of Emerging Investors at Fidelity Investments
Amanda Karomba, Director - CEO, Happy Haven
Summer Leadership Staff
Assistant Camp Director
Director of Teens
We are Agassiz!
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)!