The thing about camp is… there is no typical day! From when reveille blows to when the oldest campers fall 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.
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 supports Scatico’s mission of inclusivity and minimizing social pressures.
The entire girls camp gathers on back campus for lineup each morning. It’s an opportunity to make announcements (birthdays, tournament teams travelling to another camp, special events to plan for, lost teeth) and to come together as a community.
At Scatico we strive for a balance between structure and choice, skills development and loads of fun. The daily schedule aims to incorporate 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 activities as a unit.
Everyone eats at the same time, each division and their counselors at their own tables. Meals are served family-style, with main courses and sides placed at each table and an extensive salad bar and “seconds table” to supplement the meal.
Camp is peanut free. There is a gluten-free option at each meal, and our kitchen can work to accommodate other dietary restrictions. Scatico is lucky to have had two incredible chefs, Jimmy and Ricardo— friends and frequent co-workers who run catering companies in the off-season—for 13 and 7 respective summers and counting.
After lunch and dinner campers have Rest Hour and Free Play respectively. Free time gives girls the opportunity to hang out with their divisonmates, visit camp sisters or campers in other bunks, or take part in a range of back campus games. Campus fills with the sounds of laughter and chatter as campers of all ages come together. Free time is also an opportunity for teams to get in extra practice before an upcoming tournament, for campers to return to specialty areas to finish a project, or for divisions to prep for a special event.
Activities are catered to camper ages and skill levels. Older campers choose up to half of their activities, allowing them to gain more one-on-one coaching 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.
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 the girls camp comes together for a specialty event or joins with the boys for a co-ed activity. Every evening activity ends with the singing of the Alma Mater, an old camp tradition (which new campers learn the words to quickly).
Following evening activity, girls of all divisions convene on back campus for milk and cookies before heading back to their bunks. By 9:00PM taps blows. Older campers may have a special 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.