The Main Idea

Over 50 years ago, soon after Camp Agawam celebrated its first half-century as a summer camp for boys, Agawam launched its first Main Idea.

The Main Idea was envisioned by then-directors Dave and Peg Mason as an opportunity for local Maine boys who might otherwise never get the chance to attend camp to experience all the wonders and benefits of a residential summer camp.

Days Until Main Idea








One Week Can Change a Life

In its first year, Agawam hosted 40 boys from economically disadvantaged families for a week of camp at no cost. Half a century later, the Main Idea continues to thrive, under fierce support from the Agawam Council, funding from our generous donors, and the guidance of volunteers. During the Main Idea, camp is fully operational, with all activities available, and with quality supervision and instruction provided by current staff and a group of dedicated alumni who volunteer their time to help ensure a fun, positive, learning, growing and rewarding week for the campers. In 2023, more than 80 local boys from around the state attended the Main Idea and enjoyed the magic of Camp Agawam.

The Main Idea fulfills a critical component of Agawam’s mission in youth development and its commitment to supporting the community. Boys are recommended by school principals, teachers, guidance counselors, clergy, and directors of youth organizations from across the state of Maine. To provide continuity and establish a connection with Agawam, boys are invited back until age 15, provided the camping relationship remains happy and positive.

If you are interested in speaking with us about a potential camper for The Main Idea, please contact “Major” Judy Webel.