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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 J

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!

Our Mission

Meet the Board

Theresa M. O'Bryant - Board President, General Counsel at MassArt in Boston


Ben Kern - Board Vice President, Partner at PwC


Jonathan GillimBoard Treasurer, Chief Financial Officer at Randolph

Arnie Stewart, Board Clerk - Managing Director, Committee for Public Counsel Services


Allison BurroughsDirector, U.S. District Judge of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts

Davis Clayson, Director - Director of Business Strategy at Boston Partners Global Investors

Meg CloughDirector


Ellen CorbettDirector, 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

Jennifer Ginsburg, Director - District Court Judge


Wendy Horn, DirectorManaging Director at Raymond James Financial


Amanda Karomba, Director - CEO, Happy Haven


Jon Levy - Director, CEO & Founder, American Holt

Martin "Lark" Madden - Director, Retired, Investment Manager

Nimish Shah, DirectorFounder and CEO Tele-Therapeutics


Thomas Thrasher, DirectorOwner, Canyon Springs Landscaping

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

Meet the Board

Year-Round Staff

Year-Round Staff


Ryan McAllister

Facilities Director

Ryan has 15 years of experience supporting the facilities of Maine summer camps.  He works tirelessly all year-round to prepare our facilities for kids in the summer.


Facilities Support

Shep Stults


Camille Ridge Naldini

Youth Development and Experience  Director

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.


Vern Stevenson

Facilities Support

Judith Emmert

Engagement Coordinator

Judy is very excited to join the team at Agassiz Village. She brings a wealth of knowledge and skills from a career in newspaper, magazine, and book publishing.

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Executive Director

Lisa Carter

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.


Mike Smith

Mike Smith

Development Director


Dan Hanlon

Camp Director

Dan is passionate about supporting kids. He has over 20 years of experience as a teacher in Lowell Public Schools as well

as decades of experience as a summer

camp director.

Mike has been helping nonprofit summer camps raise needed funds for their missions for over 20 years.  He is excited to help Agassiz Village raise the needed operating funds as well as additional funds to support its facilities.

Meet the Staff

Preparing Kids for Life's Journey!

Shep joins us after his retirement from a 20 year career at the Public Works Department in the nearby Town of Raymond.  

Vern is welcomed to the team after 32 years at General Dynamics Bath Iron Works.  

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