Camp Allen was founded in 1931 by the Boston Lions Club, later Boston Kiwanis in partnership with the Manchester Lions Club as a retreat for young girls who were blind.
Dr. Edward Allen, a member of the club and the Director of Perkins School for the Blind, believed that young people needed to be outside enjoying the sun and learning about their environment. By the mid 60’s the mission was changed to include individuals of all ages with developmental and physical challenges. Today more than 450 different campers attend for one or two and even multiple weeks of fun in the great outdoors. Our ratio of 1:2 with 1:1 available allows those campers who may not be able to attend other camps due to age, ability, accessibility or behavioral needs to come to a camp where all are welcome!