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Overnight Camp

A day at camp is an exciting adventure with lots of different things to do! From wake-up at reveille to lights-out at taps, a day at Camp Mason is filled with opportunity: make a friend, try something new, test your limits, or watch the world – summer camp helps us learn to live well. 

There are three kinds of activities at camp: cabin activities, instructional activities (see a list of activities here), and evening activities. Cabin activities are planned and carried out by cabin groups, the 8-10 bunkmates that are the foundation relationships of camp. Instructional activities are individually selected; a camper chooses three activities for the week, and participates in that activity with other campers who also chose it. Evening activities are large group activities: the whole camp gathers for a campfire or talent show, individual villages play at games or events, or one village sometimes joins another for an even larger group activity. We stay busy at camp!

Theme weekends take place in the middle of each session, and are a chance for the whole camp to play together. Themes like Harry Potter, Heroes & Villains, and the Olympics give everyone a chance to dress-up, work together, and play hard during these special events.

All of our simple but modern cabins house 8-10 campers and 2 counselors in bunk beds, and are equipped with electricity and bathroom facilities. Our health lodge is staffed by professional medical personnel, prepared to handle the wellness needs of our campers 24 hours a day. Our staff members are rigorously screened, well-trained, and passionate about being positive role models for young people. We plan well and work hard to ensure a successful summer for every camper.

The camp is divided into villages grouped by age and gender. Junior boys and girls have finished grades 2 - 6. Senior boys and girls have finished grades 7 - 9. Each village has its own village director, a senior staff member who manages the counselors and ensures the quality of every camper’s experience. Our senior staff members comprise a leadership team that is thoughtful, aware, and prepared.

List of Instructional Activities at Camp

Aquatics: Swimming, swim lessons, pool games, boating (canoe, kayak, rowboat), fishing, pond study, creek hikes

Sports: Baseball, basketball, volleyball, street hockey, flag football, rugby, ultimate frisbee, soccer, total fitness, skateboarding, backyard sports, mountain biking

Arts: Arts & crafts, painting/drawing, video/photography, dance, music, drama, story/poem writing, cartooning, brain games

Target Sports: Archery

Also: Nature, farm & garden, horseback riding, high ropes, low ropes, survival, outdoor cooking.

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