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.

Camp Director

Please complete and submit the camp registration form (and financial assistance form if applicable) to your Camp Director.

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


  • Camp Hours are 9:00am – 4:00pm
  • Extended Care Hours are 7:30-9:00am | 4:00-5:30pm

​25 South Water Street, New Bedford, MA 02740

Facility Hours:
Monday - Friday: 5:00am - 9:00pm
Saturday: 7:00am - 5:00pm
Sunday: 7:00am - 1:00pm



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.

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