For almost 80 years, Crossroads has served Eastern Massachusetts’ under-resourced youth. Originally founded in 1936 as the Boys and Girls Camps by Arthur Taylor Burger, Executive Director of Boys Clubs of Boston, and other Boys Clubs Trustees, the organization aspired to provide Boston-area youth with the opportunity to enjoy a residential camp experience during the summer months. In 1998, we changed our name to Crossroads for Kids, reflecting our transition toward more comprehensive services, expanding beyond residential summer camp.
Over the past decade Crossroads has revolutionized the way people look at youth development by evolving the model to capture the cumulative and life-changing effects of a summer camp experience in a comprehensive year-round, multi-year youth development initiative that combines immersive summer experiences and school year programming. Our year-round program model allows Crossroads to remain a consistent and reliable place for kids to turn, regardless of whether they move to a new school or a new foster family. Over the ten years of programming, we provide invaluable experiences and opportunities, and connect our youth to important community resources and people that can help open doors so they can experience success as they transition into adulthood.