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YMCA Camp Burgess and Hayward - Boys
Sandwich, MA, 02563
Phone: (508) 428-2571
Fax: (508) 420-3545

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In 1892 a group of twelve men founded the Quincy YMCA to improve the lives of people in our community. After two temporary locations, a building at 61 Washington Street in Quincy was dedicated. This building was referred to as Adams Academy, and offered many community programs such as vocational training, bowling, exercise sessions, prayer meetings and guidance to men and women who were away from home. It housed the YMCA for the next 51 years, and had the only indoor pool in the area.

In 1928 the YMCA founded Camp Burgess for Boys on Cape Cod, beginning a strong camping tradition that has touched lives of generations of families.

With increased services to the community such as job training, English classes, and teen programs, the Quincy YMCA outgrew its facility. Three fundraising campaigns were organized over the years, and finally in 1955 a new building was opened on Coddington Street in Quincy. This building also served as a community residence for adults with low income.

In 1960 Camp Hayward for Girls was established across the lake from Camp Burgess.

From 1961-1965, the Quincy YMCA was privileged to have Dr. Emma Tousant as the first female Board Chair to serve in any YMCA in the United States.

In 1976 a Women's Fitness Salon addition was completed to accommodate to the growing needs of our female members. In 1978 a new physical fitness wing was added, including an indoor running track, three handball/racquetball courts, a weight room and exercise area.

The Quincy YMCA merged with the Weymouth YMCA in 1981, and the South Shore YMCA was born. A new Community Services Division was formed, which provided services to Weymouth, Hingham, Milton, Hull, Scituate, Norwell and Braintree. Swimming, day camps, after-school and youth sports programs were operated out of churches, schools and other community locations.

In 1984 part of the Physical Fitness wing was converted to a 21-station Nautilus Fitness Center. Another area was converted to a children's day care center.

The South Shore YMCA purchased the grounds of the former Hanover Tennis Club in 1994. We currently operate a Family Outdoor Center on this site, as well as Camp Gordon Clark, one of our summer day camps.

In 1996 a new pool, locker room facilities and outdoor fields with a running track were added to our Quincy branch as part of a 2.5 million capital campaign.

The Community Services Division merged with the Quincy Division in 1997 to form the Quincy Branch, which provides programs to Quincy residents as well as all other towns in our service area, including Braintree, Hingham, Hull, Scituate, Cohasset, Milton, Weymouth, Randolph, Norwell, Hanover and Quincy.

The Mill Pond Tennis Club in Hanover was purchased in 1998 and converted into our Mill Pond Branch YMCA. The facility housed a new kids' gym, babysitting area, gymnasium, exercise area, and multipurpose room. In 2002, the Mill Pond Expansion Program was completed, thanks to the help of many volunteers and community supporters. An indoor aquatic center including a lap pool and a family fun pool with slide were added to the facilities. Other new services included a child care center, new locker rooms for all ages, family locker rooms, whirlpool and sauna, additional clay indoor/outdoor tennis courts, a teen center, community meeting rooms and more.

In 2003, the new Resident Camp dining hall was completed. Fully winterized, this beautiful facility accommodates up to 300 people at a time, and is twice as large as the previous structure, which was built in 1928. Two large meeting rooms attract year-round groups.

The year 2007 introduced the new Tousant Hall in honor of Dr. Emma Tousant at Camp Hayward for girls. Here campers connect to make new friends, try new activities, create a play, and re-tell the day's events.

Today, the South Shore YMCA is involving more than 40,000 members and participants, nearly two-thirds of whom are children and teens, in more than 100 different programs. Emphasizing the four core character development values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility, we continue to build strong kids, strong families and strong communities.


Camp Type:
Residential  Travel Tour
Year Established:
Age of Campers:
7 to 17 years old
$650 - $700/wk (Please contact camp for exact pricing.)
Nearest Large City:


  • General Sports
  • International Studies
  • Canoeing
  • Kayaking
  • Wilderness
  • Art
  • Ceramics
  • drama
  • Music
  • Theater
  • Gymnastics
  • Horseback Riding, English
  • Sailing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Windsurfing
  • Cooking Camps CSI
  • Yoga


(Please contact camp directly for updated session schedule.)

Session 1
June 27th to July 9th
Session 1a
June 27th to July 2nd
Session 1b
July 4th to July 9th
Session 2
July 11th to July 23rd
Session 3
July 25th to August 6th
Session 4
August 8th to August 20th


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LOVE this camp so much! Actually, this camp is Co-Ed, and even though it is a traditional camp and there are no electric devices allowed, i could live there forever! The place is my favorite thing in the entire world and more than 75% of the people who go there feel the exact same way as me:) Don't believe anybody who says it isnt good, because you will make the best friends, even better friends than the ones that you've had your entire life. This place builds so much in you that you'd never know existed, and brings out the best in everybody. PLEASE go to it, it will be the best decision you've ever made!
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