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Amesbury, MA Community

Camp Bauercrest

"For a Lifetime"

Camp Bauercrest is a traditional overnight sports camp for boys located in Amesbury, Massachusetts, about 40 miles north of Boston, on the shores of beautiful Lake Attitash. We are a non-profit camp, led by an independent Board of Directors. The camp was founded in 1931.

Bauercrest offers a safe, enjoyable and meaningful camping experience for every camper. Our goal is to build a boy’s identity and self-esteem through the commonly held values of Sportsmanship, Teamwork, Acceptance and Resilience (our S.T.A.R. principles).



Amesbury, 01913



Framingham, 01702

Campers per Session

Medium (100-399 campers)

Staff to Camper Ratio



Boys Only

Dietary Needs

Allergy accommodations, Gluten-free accommodations, Kosher style

Disabilities / Inclusion

Partial Inclusion

Meet The Director

Kenneth M. Cotton

Before accepting his dream job as Executive Director at Camp Bauercrest, Ken already had 13 years of professional experience in the field of childhood development under his belt. He was a teacher at Kennedy Middle School in Natick from 2003-2016. He coached high school boys’ lacrosse in Framingham from 2002-2014, and has been the President of Framingham Youth Lacrosse since 2010, where he still coaches the U-9 program because he “loves those little bobbleheads”.

Ken has an impressive and extensive background in camping. He spent 13 summers at JCC Camp Kingswood in Bridgton, Maine. Throughout his tenure at Kingswood, Ken served in a variety of leadership roles, including Assistant Director, Athletic Director, Waterfront Director, and Unit Head.

Ken’s love of overnight camp began at Camp Naticook in Merrimack, New Hampshire, where he spent nine years as a camper and staff member, never once needing a cell phone.

“Camp has always played an important role in my life and that of my family,” Ken said. “I feel like I spent the last 13 years of my teaching and coaching career preparing for this incredible opportunity. When I was growing up, I would hear my Bauercrest friends talk about the ‘Big House’ and ‘The Hill’. On my first visit, I could literally feel decades of stories permeating the atmosphere. With a camp that is so steeped in tradition, and with alumni who are so supportive, I couldn’t be prouder to call this place my second home and embrace these traditions while exploring new ways to make Bauercrest even better.”

Ken lives in Framingham with his wife, Dyan. Their son Jake works as an auditor for Ernst and Young in Boston. Jared will be graduating from UMaine and continues to wow everyone with his mad culinary skills. The Cottons are active members of Temple Beth Am in Framingham. In his free time, Ken likes to hit the links, bother Dyan at the beach, and hang out with his 90-pound lap dog Daisy and lovable mutt Jessie.

If you have questions for Ken about camp or anything else, you can reach him at ken@bauercrest.org or on his cell at 508-251-9811.