During staff orientation prior to each summer from the late 1960s into the early 1990s, Flick Fleischner (as camp director) would talk with counselors about the significance of their work with children…
When Scatico first opened in 1921 as a boys camp in Wingdale, New York, the sleepaway camp industry in the northeast United States was going through a period of considerable growth. Many parents wanted to provide opportunities for their children to escape from urban areas during the hot summer months—to provide simpler, less crowded, and healthier environments with lakes, trees, sunsets, and star-filled skies.
When people visit Elizaville they often reflect on the role camp played in making them who they are today. Not just in terms of friendships and memories (though there are plenty of these) or even skills learned (at activities or in group living), but how summers at camp helped create who they are in terms of core values and character.
Fall is always a season at camp to look back at (and be thankful for) the magic of the summer passed, and also excitedly to begin plans for the year to follow. This has proven especially so this September as we celebrated the retirements of three long- time Scaticonians, while simultaneously welcoming in a next generation that’s been waiting in the wings.