In the spring of 1921, the Lynn Rotary Club had the foresight to purchase 48 acres of wooded land on the shores of Stiles Pond in Boxford, MA. Volunteers forged a road into the property and constructed a dining hall that served for 99 years! We will be christening our new dining hall in the 2021 season! Platform tents were used and camping skills were taught to the boys who were lucky enough to be able to attend. In 1975, the camp was opened to girls for the first time.
The camp was operated for the Rotary Club by the Lynn YMCA until 1991 when the Rotary Club formed an independent board of directors called, "Youth Service Managers, Inc." (YSM), with the sole purpose of continuing the mission of providing wholesome, quality youth development of character, mind and body through a quality overnight camping experience.
Over the years, YSM has continually reinvested any profits into the camp facility and operation, rebuilding all camper cabins, the camp infirmary and this year, an incredible, new dining hall!
Welcome to Camp Rotary!
Camp Rotary is a private, nonprofit, educational, independent, co-ed overnight camp for kids ages 7 - 15. The camp has a rich history dating back to 1921 when it was founded as a service project of the Lynn Rotary Club. Although the majority of our campers come from the northeastern section of Massachusetts, there are campers from many other states that make the trip each summer.