Camp Frederick Douglass
at the New Bedford YMCA
Welcome to Camp!
Camp Frederick Douglass at the New Bedford YMCA honors the legacy of world-renowned African-American social reformer, abolitionist, orator, writer, and statesman, Frederick Douglass. In addition to our traditional camp games and activities, campers will learn about Frederick Douglass and the history of his time in the city of New Bedford through daily projects, field trips, museum visits, and hands-on activities.
- Ages: Children entering grade 1 through age 12
- Financial assistance available
- EEC contracted slots
- PACE vouchers accepted
- Transportation: Parents/Guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the program site
- Lunch & Snacks: Lunch and snacks are provided to all campers daily
– Discounts must be applied manually for online registrations. Please email your camp director to confirm registration and receive an updated invoice.
A 2021 camp application, auto draft authorization, health history, annual physical exam and immunization record are mandatory for every camper who attends camp.
YCares Financial Assistance: At the Y, we know that every child can benefit from camp. We also know that not all children have what they need to thrive. That’s why together, with the generous support of our donors, we provide camp scholarships for families who need us most. If your family needs assistance, let us help. At the Y, no one is turned away because of an inability to pay.
|2021 Camp Rates||Member||Program Participants|
Kayak, Dance, Acro, Cheer
Sailing (2 Week Session)
|Counselor in Training (CIT)
8 Week Session
Behind the Name
Frederick Douglass was an escaped slave who became an activist, author, and public speaker. Douglass moved to New Bedford, MA where he began attending meetings of the abolitionist movement which eventually lead to him publishing is own newsletter, the North Star. Through his writing and speeches, he revealed a man her believed in the ideals on which America was found but understood democracy would never be a destination of comfort or repose, but a journey of ongoing self-criticism and struggle. A fact you may not know – Douglass became the first African American to receive a vote for President of the United States during roll call at the 1888 Republican National Convention.
Resources about Frederick Douglas:
Britannica, T. Editors of Encyclopaedia (2020, August 13). Frederick Douglass. Encyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Frederick-Douglass