By Anna Bilton, Summer Camp Program Director
This summer at Camp Mason was an incredible journey. From the very first day of staff training all the way through to waving off our last campers of the season on Saturday we witnessed growth, friendship and endless joy. There is no better place to see relationship building and connections being made than at an All Camp Programs. Whether it’s at opening campfire, talent show, a game of ragnarock or a theme day, there is something very special about having everyone play, learn, support and even compete together. It is heartwarming to watch our oldest campers include, care for and play with our youngest. It works the other way too. This summer I watched the smallest Apache camper teaching an Iroquois teen how to stay on her skateboard as she tried using a ramp for the first time. We all have something to learn from one another.
This year, we held a brand new event on the last full day of the summer and not only did we have all of our overnight camp participate, but we also invited our fabulous day camp program too. Every single camper and staff member at camp showed up that morning to run and play together. The first Camp Mason Color Run was an event that everyone could enjoy, regardless of age, physical ability or interests.
Campers chose to sign up for either a 5km run or a shorter fun run around camp. The 5km runners did wonderfully and supported one another each step of the way. Each fun run group was made up of campers of all ages and each group had their own silly method for working their way around the course. There was a group of blindfolded runners, a three-legged crew and even a dancing group. Everyone worked together to make it to the finish line where we held a huge color party to celebrate.
Camp events like this show us that age really is just a number and camp builds strong relationships and develops life skills in our campers and staff. The Camp Mason community truly is where friends turn into family. Oh, and it was a lot of fun too!