Meet David and Victoria Mason
Affectionately known at camp as the Beckhams (Victoria and David, get it?), this couple met in 2008 at the Iowa 4-H Center in Madrid, Iowa, during their mutual first summer as counselors in Hickory Village. They came back the next year, then Victoria worked there over the third summer and David worked there the fourth.They never broke up or took a break.
They moved to North Carolina for grad school and Victoria’s journey to become a Marriage and Family Therapist. He jokes that Victoria is “always right, personally and professionally.”
David and Victoria were married by their camp director on June 13, 2015, an hour away from the camp at a state park. They now live in Hickory, North Carolina.
How did camp help seal the deal? Victoria says:
Working with a diverse group of staff for such a concentrated time allowed us both to figure out what characteristics were important in a partner for the long run. The camp experience really shines a light one someone’s personality and character when things get a bit tougher than just a single date. You kind of skip over the honeymoon period a bit.
Within the first month, Dave’s love of sports and nature, his no-drama introverted personality, kindness toward children and family-oriented values were clear.Victoria’s empathy, kindness, and caring for others really shined through as well.”
What makes camp a good place to meet your spouse?
“We had to build a foundation of teamwork right away. We got to see each other facing fears (like the climbing tower), interacting with children from 6 to 16, covered in dirt and sweat, forming friendships, leading groups, and cleaning house. We saw what the other one was like when they were tired and hungry but also filled with joy. It gave us an equal footing with one another.”
In the fall of 2016, the Masons won a travel voucher and took two months off to travel across 10 European countries and meet up with 5 old camp friends (Camp America staff) along the way.
The Masons on Calton HIll in Edinburgh, Scotland last fall.
Love at Camp
We hoped you’ve enjoyed these heartwarming stories of young couples for whom camp provided a solid foundation to build meaningful lives and strong marriages. We love being able to share this often-hidden value of camp.