A Story of Commitment
Founded in 1919, Camp Agawam is one of the nation’s oldest summer camps. Especially unique is Agawam’s status as a non-profit organization. In 1985, after the retirement of owners/directors Dave and Peg Mason, a group of former campers and counselors came together to purchase Agawam, with the goal of ensuring that Agawam would continue to thrive as a summer camp. Under the leadership of its current director, “Chief” Erik Calhoun, and the direction of the Agawam Council Board of Directors, Agawam is thriving in its second century.
Composed of alumni, families, and friends, the Agawam Council helps provide strategic planning and oversight of camp programs and the camper experience.
Preserve the sense of place that is present on the Agawam campus — by seeking a balance of simplicity and prudent modernization in facilities and equipment, and by engaging the entire Agawam community in embracing responsible environmental management. Preserve the best of the past, as we move into the future.
Utilize good financial practices and planning in achieving a robust and sustainable level of operating performance — by diversifying our sources of funding beyond fully paid tuitions, and by generating increased financial aid and program support from endowments, annual fundraising, planned giving, and grants.
Deepen and broaden our ties with all of our constituents — by improving the quality and increasing the frequency and promptness of communications; by reinforcing a strong sense of belonging and connection; and by creating tangible opportunities to engage and to contribute meaningfully as stakeholders in Agawam’s lasting success.
Focus on effective governance and preservation of institutional continuity as Agawam Council continues to evolve — by instilling a unity of purpose among board directors, committee members and staff, with absolute clarity of roles, responsibilities, and expectations and with transparency in every quarter.
Youth Development Programs
Focus on youth development programs true to our mission — by maintaining and continuously improving our strong and vibrant Camp Agawam and the Main Idea programs, and by being opportunistic, incremental and entrepreneurial in considering new program initiatives.