Camp Rotary Turns 100
This summer marks an incredible milestone for Camp Rotary and one that deserves not just a
single event but a yearlong celebration! We are excited to announce a variety of programs that
will be hosted over the next 12 months including a 5K Road Race, virtual campfires, community
birthday party, Centennial service projects, time capsules, and lots more! Additionally, plans are
underway to culminate this milestone with an unforgettable Gala Celebration scheduled for
Saturday, June 11, 2022.
With a special commemorative centennial logo, limited edition apparel, fun activities, program
book, and sponsorship opportunities, there will be many ways the Camp Rotary community can
be part of this historic event.
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the word, mark your calendars, and be sure to check back for all the up-to-date information and
The Story of Camp Rotary
In the spring of 1921, the Lynn Rotary Club purchased 48 acres of wooded land on the shores
of Stiles Pond located in Boxford, Massachusetts. As part of a service project, volunteers forged
a road into the property, constructed a dining hall, built platform tents, and established Camp
Rotary to teach camping skills to boys.
In 1975, the camp opened to girls and was operated by the Rotary Club and Lynn YMCA for
almost 20 years. In 1991, an independent Board of Directors was formed 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 camper cabins, planting trees, updating the infirmary, and most
recently constructing a new dining hall!
It’s hard to believe that a service project for the Lynn Rotary Club has now turned into one of the
most popular co-ed overnight camps in Massachusetts. Happy 100th Birthday Camp Rotary! As
the sign that hangs under Bruce the Moose says “Here let the Spirit of Rotary kindle the fires of
friendship” – let’s help keep that flame burning for another 100 years!