LEAD ME Program 2020

Like you, we are truly disappointed we couldn’t gather in person this year for our Annual Leadership Celebration.  While it’s difficult to re-create the experience of hearing directly from an alum about how their time as a camper changed their trajectory, we hope this inspiring content will deepen your connection to our mission and work.  We had planned to serve s’mores whoopie pies for dessert and take your taste buds to a campfire on Trout Lake.  With a little imagination, a crackling fire, and a bag of marshmallows, we think you can get there and look forward to having you join us for a virtual Camp Susan Curtis experience.  


CLICK HERE to read Ace’s story of resilience.

Mission panel video

Last summer we held a mission panel at Camp Susan Curtis as part of staff training.  We were honored to have Governor Curtis there, as well as board member Bob Stevens, and school referral partner, Lori Pacholski.  The following video highlights their mission moments.

Camper voices

With decisions to close businesses and schools, low-income families, in particular, will face additional hardship. These are the people we exist to serve, and it is more important than ever that we have the resources to do so. Economic hardship puts pressure on families which, in turn, affects children. These children need a safe, supportive environment where they can de-stress and re-charge, as life at home is sure to be highly stressful. For many, that place is Camp Susan Curtis.

Our Annual Leadership Celebration Dinner has traditionally raised $30,000 toward our annual LEAD ME campaign goal of $325,000.  In total, this accounts for 40% of all the funds we must raise this year.  Funds help ensure our ability to deliver a fun, formative experience in a safe, supportive environment at no cost to campers.


A donation of $1,300 will fully sponsor a two-week residential camp experience at Camp Susan Curtis for an economically disadvantaged Maine child.

The impact of helping a child discover who they are; to feel hopeful about what their future could look like is truly life changing.  In fact, we have seen countless Camp Susan Curtis alums go on to pursue their personal, educational, and professional goals after discovering their potential at Camp Susan Curtis.

With persistence I was able to improve my grades and pass sophomore year.  My maturity gave me the skills I needed to start a school club.  These skills didn’t just appear. Someone planted them and helped them grow.  That someone was Camp Susan Curtis.”  

— Kennady

Our school referral partner at Paris Elementary School recently shared with us that she “believes wholeheartedly that Camp Susan Curtis can be the link for putting students on the right path to resiliency, self-confidence, and hope.” 

Will you help us put one more economically disadvantaged Maine child on that right path, by making a donation now?


Click above for important updates about the potential impact of COVID-19 on our 2020 Camp Season.  In addition, hear from staff and trustees of the foundation with a special message for 2020 sponsors and award recipients.

Thank you to our Sponsors – please click here to view the event program.
Announcing our 2020 Award and Scholarship Recipients:
  • Governor Curtis Family Leadership Award: Chris and Heidi Darling
  • Community Partnership Award: Crooker Construction
  • Scott F. Hutchinson Scholarship Recipient: Kayleigh Getty