New Bedford YMCA

CAMP Frederick Douglass

Daily activities include gym and outdoor games, swimming, rock climbing, archery, drama, enrichment activities and so much more. 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 kindergarten through age 15
Financial assistance available
EEC contracted slots
PACE vouchers accepted
Transportation: Parents/Guardians are responsible for providing transportation to and from the program site


​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

Kristin Jackson-Lee
Phone 508.997.0734 x 127
E-Mail kjackson-lee@ymcasc.org

Discounts must be applied manually for online registrations. Please email your camp director to confirm registration and receive an updated invoice.


A 2023 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 has been turned away because of an inability to pay.

Financial Assistance Application

Camp Hours

Monday – Friday 7:30 am – 5:30 pm

​25 South Water Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Facility Hours
Mon-Fri: 5am-9pm
Sat: 7am-5pm
Sun: 7am-5pm

Pool Hours
Mon-Fri: 5am-9pm
Sat: 7am-5pm
Sun: 7am-5pm



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 his own newsletter, the North Star. Through his writing and speeches, he revealed a man who believed in the ideals on which America was founded 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.