The idea for Camp Harbor View came about during a conversation between former Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino and Boston businessman Jack Connors in January of 2007.
Mayor Menino expressed concern with the fact that violence among teenagers was a growing problem in many of Boston’s neighborhoods. He commented that the problem was particularly bad during the summer months when schools were out. He suggested that an organized program where boys and girls could go every day, one that provided a supportive, structured environment might help alleviate this problem. He also explained, “We have to get to these kids before they reach the age of 15.”
Jack remembered visiting Long Island in Boston Harbor when he was young. He knew that the site, a former military base now owned by the City of Boston, had sat unused for years. He and Mayor Menino visited the island one day and saw the potential for something great. Camp Harbor View was born.
The next phase was focused on development and construction. Suffolk Construction was called upon. The campsite was dedicated on March 19, 2007, and thanks to the around-the-clock efforts of hundreds of committed workers, the camp was completed in just 109 days.
The Camp Harbor View Foundation then formed a partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Boston to help develop curriculum and operate the camp, a union that would continue for the next ten years and prove instrumental in getting the program off and running.
Camp Harbor View welcomed its first 300 campers on July 2, 2007, and the second group arrived on July 30th. The inaugural season of Camp Harbor View was successful and set the stage for greater things in the years to come.
Today, Camp Harbor View continues to grow, operating programs year round and constantly striving to provide the most positive, well-rounded experience for our youth and their families. We firmly believe that once you are a part of the Camp Harbor View family, you are always a part of the Camp Harbor View family.