Every camper counts at YMCA Camp Mason. “We like to say Camp Counts!’’ says Chief Executive Officer Keith VanDerzee. “It means we never lose sight of the importance of each of our campers. We provide them positive outlets and impactful experiences to be their best selves, build meaningful relationships and grow within our larger camp community.”

Founded in 1900, Camp Mason is adjacent to the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, and offers one- and two-week sessions where campers can choose camp staples like swimming in an Olympic-sized pool, boating, archery, arts and crafts and sports. There are also plenty of other programs, including movie-making, a climbing tower, a zip line, ax throwing, skateboarding, making the band and more. “Every camper finds programs that interests them,” VanDerzee says. “Also, our location next to the Delaware Water Gap enables us to run unique experiences like tubing on the Delaware River and hiking on the Appalachian Trail, included in the cost of camp tuition.”

VanDerzee takes pride in Camp Mason’s facilities, which include comfortable cabins and abundant program areas that help campers make the most of their experience. He also mentions the camp’s generous scholarship program, low counselor-to-cabin ratio and highlights the fact that campers and staff come from all over the world. “Camp Mason’s diverse and inclusive community provides a great opportunity to appreciate our global community.”

In the end, he says, “Camp Counts means that every child has a camp experience uniquely their own. Our campers learn essential skills being immersed in our experiences, develop relationships and explore positive values, all while being celebrated for being themselves.”

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