Kabeyun was started in 1924 by John Porter, a schoolteacher in Boston, with five campers and a unique idea for a boys’ summer camp. From that first step, John Porter proceeded to build a place where boys have a sense of ownership in the daily direction of their lives. He felt that if boys are entrusted with a sense of freedom and an awareness of the accompanying responsibility, they will hold a strong commitment to becoming solid citizens in a democratic system. It may sound lofty for a summer camp, yet this is indeed what happened here, every summer for over ninety years. Camp can indeed give boys more than the taste of s’mores, memories of a sunset, and the unforgettable words to a few songs. Kabeyun gives boys the opportunity to explore the magical meeting points of their interests and abilities – and at Kabeyun it all starts when they simply raise their hands.
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