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About
Camp Agawam

Camp Agawam is a residential summer camp for boys. Since 1919, the values of sportsmanship, service to others, and stewardship of the natural world have been at the heart of the Agawam experience, which takes place each summer on a 165-acre campus on beautiful Crescent Lake in Raymond, Maine. Our structured seven-week program is packed with opportunities for leadership, teamwork, and healthy competition in a digital-free environment.

In a world of constant change and relentless distractions, Camp Agawam remains steadfast, anchored in over a century of tradition. Boys return year after year because they love it, and parents appreciate our commitment to building character and personal growth. Each boy leaves camp with new skills, new friends, and a new sense of his own capacity, joining a dedicated alumni network that extends around the globe.

What Makes Agawam, Agawam?

Woodcraft Laws
Katiaki
7 weeks
Main Idea
Alumni Owned

Woodcraft Laws

Agawam’s guiding principles are represented by the Woodcraft Laws, broken into four categories – Beauty, Truth, Fortitude, and Love. Compiled by Ernest Thompson Seton in the early 1900s, these laws highlight areas for continual development: the body, mind, spirit and service. The Woodcraft Laws are rendered in a sand painting drawn each week at the weekly Council Fire.

Katiaki

Agawam’s emphasis on personal and interpersonal growth comes alive through the Katiaki program. Every camper is assigned a Katiaki goal, or personal growth goal to work toward each week  related to his character, personality, or relationships. At the end of the week, if staff agrees that a camper has made a conscientious effort to attain his Katiaki, he is honored publicly in a special candle lighting ceremony at our Council Fire.

7 Weeks

Agawam’s seven-week program is rare in this era of competing priorities and elaborate scheduling. Because our program is driven by character development and interpersonal growth, the length of time spent at camp becomes especially important. At the core of each camper’s finding his best self are the sustained relationships made possible by the full-season experience — community living, confidence building, leadership development, personal growth, and development of friendships that will last a lifetime.

Main Idea

Each summer, we welcome over 100 local Maine boys for a full week of the Agawam experience at no cost to their families. Established in 1971, the Main Idea embodies our commitment to lead by example in giving back to the larger community and embracing diversity in all its forms.

Alumni-Owned

Camp Agawam’s alumni feel so deeply connected to camp that when Agawam’s founding family retired in 1985, a group of former campers and counselors came together to purchase Agawam and form the nonprofit Agawam Council. The Agawam Council Board of Directors comprises alumni and parents who work closely with camp leadership to ensure Agawam’s strength and continuity.
 

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