What Makes Mayhew Unique

The Boys With Whom We Work

Our program focuses on serving boys from low-income, single-parent homes in need of the sort of support that Mayhew provides. Mayhew relies on a network of schools and counseling agencies throughout the state of New Hampshire to identify appropriate candidates and to refer them to the program each spring.

Boys are referred to Mayhew for many different reasons. Some boys have indeed demonstrated questionable behaviors at home and at school that make them at-risk for more serious problems in the future. Other Mayhew boys simply lack the opportunities to participate in the sorts of activities that Mayhew offers. Still other boys are referred to Mayhew simply because they can benefit from the boost in self-esteem that Mayhew often provides.

Regardless of the reason for their referrals, all Mayhew boys must make their own decision to join the Mayhew community and to strive to live up to its ideals and expectations.

Thanks to the support of our very generous donor base, all of the boys chosen to participate in the program do so tuition-free for the length of their six-year involvement with Mayhew.

Our Small Size

During a summer session, we have only about 70 people living on the Island: 42 first- and second-year boys in the program, 20 counselors, and 5 older boys who have returned to the Island to work in the kitchen. We also have a cook and a part-time maintenance man who come over to work during the day but don’t reside on the Island.

With such a small community, each individual has the opportunity to really get to know everyone and to feel that he/she fills an important role. There’s a genuine camaraderie and shared sense of purpose among everyone within the community.

The Island Location

We are lucky enough to have our own private 50-acre Island nestled in the foot of perhaps the state’s cleanest lake. Access to the Island is only by boat (or a good long swim!). We have a beautiful main lodge housing our dining hall, community room, office, library, basketball court, and hockey floor. In addition there are several staff buildings, six boy cabins, an infirmary, a ball field, ropes course elements spread throughout the Island, and several of the best beaches anywhere around.

We can promise plenty of beautifully pleasant summer days and lots of wonderful sunsets.

The Year-Round Support That Mayhew Provides To The Boys

Mayhew begins for the boys on the Island, but the support Mayhew offers lasts throughout the year with our community outreach program. We employ 6 full-time staff members who visit with the boys in their home communities throughout the school-year.

Our Well-Honed Philosophy

Mayhew’s been around since 1969 and over the past 40+ years we’ve managed to create a very well-defined, well-practiced, and effective approach to working with the boys of the program.  Everything we do is centered on the notion of working for the good of the group and the community.  We emphasize the ideals of Respect, Responsibility, Community, and Challenge in everything we do.

Mayhew offers great training in learning to work effectively with young people: an invaluable experience for anyone interested in teaching or working in the social services.

Our Focus on Creating an Unrelentingly Positive Community

Mayhew strives to be an overwhelmingly positive and supportive community for boys and staff alike.  That’s not to say that we ignore negative behaviors, but our primary focus is on recognizing the positive contributions of the boys, no matter how small.  By recognizing and reinforcing good behaviors, we’re in a much more effective position to confront any negative behaviors.