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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

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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.

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

 

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

Ellen Corbett - Director, Realtor, Hillman Homes

 

Che Elwell - Director AVP, John Hancock Data and Integration Services

 

Wendy Horn, DirectorManaging Director at Raymond James Financial

 

Leslie Hoyt, Director - Chief Operating Officer at Naveris

 

Jon Levy - Director, CEO & Founder, American Holt

Nimish Shah, DirectorFounder and CEO Tele-Therapeutics

Kelly Swaney, Director

 

Thomas Thrasher, DirectorOwner, Canyon Springs Landscaping

Sean Toland, Director - Vice President of Emerging Investors at Fidelity Investments

Amanda Karomba, Director - CEO, Happy Haven

 

Year-Round Staff

 

Year-Round Staff

Summer Leadership Staff

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Zafira Smith

 
Assistant Camp Director

 
Nate Richards

 
Director of Teens

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Nicole Fletcher 

 
Activities Director

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Village Leader

 
Jaiden Charles

 
Kameryn Montimes

 
Village Leader

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George Gardner

 
April Brunner

 
Thomas Smith

 
Alicia Smith

 
Waterfront Director

 
Camp Nurse

 
Head Chef

 
Assistant Chef

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.

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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. 

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Camp Director

Jaime O'Connor

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.

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Program Director

 
Camille Ridge

Camille is passionate about helping youth. She has much experience working with kids as a preschool teacher.  Camille was an Agassiz camper at the age of 8 and has held almost every position at camp from counselor to Village Leader and now Program Director.

Year-Round Staff

We are Agassiz!