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Bishop's property in Hardwick, where the camp is today.

It was called Central New Jersey Camp until 1956 when it was renamed Camp Ralph Mason.

"Over the course of time, the activities changed a little bit, but being busy with your cabin and your counselor, and being at a fire and telling stories hasn't changed.

The basic premise is to help kids build self-esteem and self-confidence, and help them build interpersonal skills.

"He wanted young men from the Oranges to have a place to go and grow," says Jenny Griffin, conference director.

He invited city boys to come to the country and enjoy the lake and learn new skills.

Its success led to the opening of Camp Minisink for younger boys age 7 to 9.

Both camps are part of Fairview Lake Camps and Conference Center, a branch of Metro YMCAs of the Oranges.

"That is why today we are able to have 600 acres," says Frank Kelly, executive director.

Over time, three Boy Scout camps closed and Fairvew Fairview snapped them up.

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