About Overnight Camp
OPEN HOUSE ANNOUNCEMENT:
Come join us at YMCA Camp Mason for a tour of our camp and programs! Open Houses will be from 1-4 on March 24, April 14 and May 11. No RSVP needed. If you cannot make one of those dates, please email firstname.lastname@example.org to find a date that works for you and/or check out our Virtual Open House slideshow below.
Overnight Camp is an exciting adventure with lots of different things to do each and every day! From first thing in the morning till bed time, a day at Camp Mason is filled with opportunities: make a friend, try something new, test your limits, build your self-confidence, gain independence, explore nature and so much more.
Looking for a way to check out the summer experience before summer starts? Register for Spring Camp and find out what YMCA Camp Mason is all about!
The camp is divided into villages grouped by age and gender/chosen 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 leader, a senior staff member who manages the counselors and ensures the quality of every camper’s experience. Each village unit is typically made up of six or seven cabins that work and play together throughout the camp experience.
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. Campers are placed in cabin groups by senior staff members based on their age, needs and requests.
The Health Lodge
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. Our senior staff members comprise a leadership team that is thoughtful, aware, and prepared. Our staff come from all over the world and the US, and they bring with them strong skills sets, diversity and experiences that ensure we run an exciting and safe program for our campers.
Flexible Session Choices
We offer 4 2-week sessions to choose from OR 5 one-week sessions. We offer as much flexibility as possible so you can find the length of camp and dates that work in your schedule!
Daily Activities at Camp
There are three kinds of activities at camp: cabin activities, activity periods, and evening activities. Cabin activities are planned and carried out by cabin groups, the 8-10 bunk-mates that are the foundation relationships of camp. Activity periods are individually selected; a camper chooses three activities for the week, and participates in that activity with other campers who also chose it (see a list of some of the activities on offer below). 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!
Special Weekend Events
Theme Days take place in the middle of each session, and are a chance for the whole camp to play together. Themes such as American Life, Time Machine, Mason on Vacation and the annual Mason Olympics give everyone a chance to dress-up, work together, and play hard during these special events. Sunday Funday falls on the day after each Theme Day and is an opportunity for campers to enjoy a more relaxed schedule, spend time with their cabin group and prepare for another full week of activities.
Typical Summer Camp Activities
Swimming, pool games, boating (canoe, kayak, rowboat), fishing, pond study, creek hikes.
Softball, basketball, volleyball, street hockey, flag football, rugby, ultimate frisbee, soccer, extreme fitness, skateboarding, archery, backyard sports, yoga, mountain biking
Arts & crafts, painting/drawing, video/photography, dance, music, drama, story/poem writing, cartooning, improv comedy
Teambuilding, high ropes (zipline, giant swing and more), climbing wall, survival, nature hikes, aerial silks, outdoor cooking, day trips into the surrounding area
Horseback riding, gardening, farm animal care and many more!
Are you looking for help with paying for camp? Click HERE to go to our Financial Assistance information. If you have questions please call our office at 908-362-8217.