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The thing about camp is… there is no average day! From when reveille blows to when the oldest cabin falls asleep, days at camp are always an adventure, jam-packed with new inventions and time-honored traditions, special events and athletic competitions, structured activities and spontaneous fun. Camp Scatico’s magic is infused in every scheduled game and project, but also in all the in-between time: the cheers in the dining hall, walks along the lake to activity, flashlight time before bed.

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As a parent nothing could make me happier than seeing my child so happy. He talks nonstop about the extremely positive experience. I hear a ton about inter-camp baseball and soccer travel, his buddies and Yankees on the radio. Mud sliding (was a highlight) as was donut eating and Color War. I hear constant nonstop anecdotes- he is a Scatico cheerleader on energizer bunny batteries. He has grown up so much in terms of emotional maturity. Scatico really is a special place. Among his first words when he got home were “can you sign me up for next summer?”
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It’s 8AM and reveille blows! Camp’s uniform of a white t-shirt and green shorts (no Scatico logo needed) means getting ready in the morning is that much easier, plus it works to support Scatico’s mission of inclusivity and minimizing social pressures.

The entire boys camp gathers at the flagpole for lineup each morning. It’s an opportunity to make any announcements (birthdays, tournament wins from the previous day, MLB box scores) and come together as a community.

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At Scatico we strive for a balance between structure and choice; skills development and loads of fun. On any given day, the schedule incorporates all four core program areas: Landsports, Watersports, Creative & Performing Arts and Outdoor Adventure. Aside from optional periods and a few specialty areas, divisions participate in every activity together.

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All of boys camp eats simultaneously; each division and their counselors at their own tables. Meals are served family style, with main courses and sides placed at each table and a salad bar and “seconds table” to supplement whatever the meal is.

Camp is 100% peanut free. There is a gluten-free option at each meal, and our kitchen can work to accommodate any other dietary restrictions. Scatico is lucky to have had our two incredible chefs, Jimmy and Ricardo— friends and co-workers who run a catering company in the off-season—for seven years and counting.

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Activities are always catered to campers ages and skill levels. Older campers choose up to half of their activities, allowing them to gain more one-on-one coaching and attention from specialized staff in the activities that most speak to them. Younger campers follow a more structured program, ensuring they participate in all activities and develop new skills.

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The sun is coming down behind the trees, and the air grows a little cooler. Daylight might be fading, but the camp action is far from over. Evening activities are often a time when all of boys side comes together for a specialty event or joins with the girls camp for a co-ed activity.

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Following evening activity, boys of all divisions head to back campus to mingle and relax. A new tradition has emerged (one which Director David Fleischer wrote about for Camping Magazine): listening to baseball games on a radio placed on the porch of the head counselor’s bunk, providing an opportunity for boys of all ages to share, enjoy the night sky, and unwind before bed. By 9:00PM taps blows. Older campers may have a specialty nighttime event, while younger campers get ready for bed with their counselors. After some “flashlight” time it’s lights out at Scatico… until the next day’s adventure.

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