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
Theresa M. O'Bryant - Board President, Dean of Student Success and Engagement at MA College of Liberal Arts
Ben Kern - Board Vice President, Partner at PwC
Jonathan Gillim - Board Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer at Randolph
Arnie Stewart - Board Clerk - Managing Director, Committee for Public Counsel Services
Allison Burroughs - Director, U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts
Davis Clayson, Director - Director of Business Strategy at Boston Partners Global Investors
Ellen Corbett - Director, Realtor, Hillman Homes
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
Leslie Hoyt, Director - Chief Operating Officer at Naveris
Amanda Karomba, Director - CEO, Happy Haven
Jon Levy - Director, CEO & Founder, American Holt
Nimish Shah, Director - Founder and CEO Tele-Therapeutics
Kelly Swaney, Director
Thomas Thrasher, Director - Owner, Canyon Springs Landscaping
Sean Toland, Director - Vice President of Emerging Investors at Fidelity Investments
Jaime has 20 years experience in both day and overnight camps. She enjoys bringing a fun, safe camp program for campers and staff. Before coming to Agassiz Village, she has worked mostly at YMCA camps in New England. She lives in Auburn with her husband, two kids, and a cat named Joey. In her spare time, Jaime enjoys skiing, camping with her family in Maine and traveling abroad.
Chris has over 25 years of construction, carpentry, plumbing and electrical experience. Prior to joining AV, he was the owner of his own carpentry and custom cabinet company. Chris is a true Mainer and outdoorsman, and loves camping, fishing, and spending time with his daughter.