Located in Stoneham, Maine, Camp Susan Curtis is a program of the Susan L. Curtis Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization founded in 1971.
Our mission is to provide a transformative camp experience that nurtures self-confidence and a sense of belonging in Maine children facing economic hardship.
Our vision is that all Maine children feel valued and have the opportunity to thrive.
It all began with Susan
When Governor Kenneth M. Curtis and Pauline B. Curtis were in the Blaine House in Augusta, their daughter, Susan, passed away. The people of Maine cared deeply for the Governor and his family, some sending small gifts to express their sympathy. The Curtis family and close friends, whom we now refer to as the Founders, wanted to create a lasting memorial in Susan’s name to benefit the youth of Maine. The Susan L. Curtis Foundation sprung from their desire to overcome the effects of poverty for some of Maine’s most vulnerable youth — circumstances that all too often can limit their perspective and become a barrier to education and long-term success.
Founders: Governor Kenneth M. Curtis, Pauline B. Curtis, Joel W. Bloom, Alton E. “Chuck” Cianchette, Robert J. Dunfey, Sr., Charles P. Harriman, Scott F. Hutchinson, F. Woodman Jones, Robert A.G. Monks
Susan L. Curtis Foundation Today
Today, we continue our efforts, serving about 500 youth from all across the State of Maine each year. All campers learn interpersonal skills, practice healthy habits, and build self confidence. Nearly all of our campers who complete leadership development graduate from high school and enroll in college or other credentialed training.
The supporters who were instrumental in the creation of the Foundation have always believed every child matters. Their vision became Camp Susan Curtis, a safe haven where young spirits are nourished, friendships developed, and where the community believes fully and unconditionally that every Maine child deserves to know and realize their full potential.