Friends of East Campus

Bikes, hikes, and the great outdoors. Some things never change.

Individual development, social skills, the four areas of respect, and fun are but a few of the areas we have focused on for our campers over the past 80 years of Camp Massasoit. Rooted in a rich history dating back to 1934, when it was known as the Springfield College Day Camp, Camp Massasoit has evolved into eight weeks every year of fun and learning for youth ages 5 to 16 years old.

With an outdoor and experiential education focus, Camp Massasoit provides an environment separate from the world of technology, fostering creativity at all ages. The camp operates off of the foundation of respect as identified in the four areas: respect for the self, the environment, their peers, and for their counselors. These four areas are reviewed every day at camp and provide an understanding of the guidelines to all campers.

A great deal of the success experienced by Camp Massasoit comes from those who came before us and laid the foundation, developed the program expectations, raised the camp to a nationally accredited status, and cultivated an environment of success for the staff. Today we feel fortunate to be a part of this amazing program, and a part of the legacy of great directors who came before us. Most importantly, we feel very fortunate to be a part of the great families who raise amazing children and who attend camp each and every summer. You are our greatest advocates.

Here’s to 80 great years and another 80 to come.


Ben Taylor ’99
Director of East Campus and Outdoor Programs

Angela Veatch, G’07
Assistant Director of East Campus and Outdoor Programs

Deanna Lozyniak ’13, G’16

Camp Massasoit counselor for five summers

What do you love/what is special about Camp Massasoit?

What I love most about Camp Massasoit is being able to watch the campers grow throughout the summer and challenge themselves in new ways on our ropes course. Our high and low ropes course provides campers with a chance to learn and think critically in a very involved and fun way. Whether campers are collaborating with their peers to complete one of our low ropes course elements, or encouraging one another to climb to new heights, it is truly special to be a part of.

John Cadigan ’11, G’14

Camp Massasoit counselor for five summers

How do you see the support of donors impacting East Campus and the camp experience?

Thanks to donors, East Campus has built new outdoor bathrooms, a universal challenge course, made improvements to the Pueblo and grounds, as well as updated the adventure program equipment. As someone who works with the adventure program, these updates allow me to provide opportunities that were otherwise not available to us, as well as spend less time conducting repairs in the field and more time providing quality programing for campers.

It is important to give back to East Campus/Camp Massasoit because what happens there works. Camp Massasoit provides invaluable skill building, leadership, training, and enrichment opportunities that cannot be found anywhere else, and to continue doing so they need our support.