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

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, 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

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

Zafira Smith

Assistant Camp Director

Nate Richards

Director of Teens

Nicole Fletcher 

Activities Director


Village Leader

Jaiden Charles

Kameryn Montimes

Village Leader

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.

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)!

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 Camp Director.

Year-Round Staff

We are Agassiz!