We Are Agassiz Village
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
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 750 children a summer. While we welcome all children ages 8–17, our focus is on underserved children in the greater Boston area. Most of our children live in at-risk neighborhoods in eastern Massachusetts. Most of our campers come from low income or poverty level families.
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.
Our mission is to prepare youth 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.
Meet the Board
Leslie Hoyt, President, Alumna
Theresa O'Bryant, V. President, Alumna
Ellen Corbett, Clerk, Alumna
Johnathan Gillim, Treasurer
Carlos Hoyt, Phd, LICSW, Alumnus
Allison Burroughs, Director
Warren Burroughs, Jr., Director
Che Elwell, Director
Wendy Horn, Director
Arnie Stewart, Director
Kelly Swaney, Director
Lisa 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.
Ash, who is originally from the UK, joined Agassiz in the summer of 2013 as a Camp Cabin Counselor. Having worked his way up the ladder to Camp Director, Ash's passion and dedication for the kids we serve is undeniable.
Warren has been with Agassiz Village for over 11 years and is charged with keeping the facilities safe and looking good year round. Warren lives on site year round and prides himself on the maintenance of camp facilities. Warren enjoys hunting and ice fishing in his down time.
Summer Staff 2020
Kevin Beakey, Assistant Camp Director
Libby Masalsky, Director of Teens
Jorge Morales, Program Director
Currently Hiring, Waterfront Director
Camille Ridge, Girls Section Leader
Juan Morales, Boys Section Leader
Lauren 'Red' Osborne, Director of SEL
April Brunner RN, Health Centre Manager
George Gardner EMT, Head of Operations
Tom Smith, Head Chef
Alicia Smith, Assistant Head Chef