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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.

Camp Highlights

  • 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

Camp Documents

– If you have a state subsidy (Voucher or Contract) or are applying for a YMCA Scholarship you should not register online.  Please register with your camp director.
– Discounts must be applied manually for online registrations.  Please email your camp director to confirm registration and receive an updated invoice.

Required Paperwork

A 2022 camp application, auto draft authorization, health history, annual physical exam and immunization record are mandatory for every camper who attends camp.

Financial Aid

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.

2022 Camp Rates Member Program Participants
Traditional Camp 5-6 year olds - $290
7-12 year olds - $265
5-6 year olds - $340
7-12 year olds - $315
Specialty Camps $290 $340
Specialty Camp:
Sailing (2 Week Session)
$630 $730
Counselor in Training (CIT)
8 Week Session
$700 $800
Leaders in Training (LIT) $265 $315

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 DouglassEncyclopedia Britannica. https://www.britannica.com/biography/Frederick-Douglass


25 South Water Street
New Bedford, MA 02740




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Monday – Friday
9 a.m. – 4 p.m.


School Age Director
Kristin Jackson
508.997.0734 x 127


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