Three generations of family ownership and counting...
Scatico has been owned and operated by the Fleischner/Holman family since it was founded in 1921 by Nat Holman. Nat, a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame, played professionally for nearly 20 seasons and coached City College for more than 40 years. He is the only college basketball coach to win the "Grand Slam"– NCAA and NIT championships in the same season (1950).
Nat's older brother Jack Holman joined him as a director in 1934, when Scatico moved from Wingdale, NY, to its present location in Elizaville, NY.
Ruth and Irwin "Flick" Fleischner purchased the camp from Jack (Ruth's father) and Nat in 1964. Flick and Ruth met as New York City school teachers in the 1950s. When Flick retired from the New York City School system in 1977, Flick was the principal at James Monroe High School in the Bronx. During his camping career, he served terms as president of the New York State Camp Directors Association, the Association of Independent Camps, and Surprise Lake Camp (a not-for-profit camp in Cold Spring, NY).
Flick and Ruth's son David and his wife Diana Wallerstein joined them as directors in the late 1980s. David and Diana's daughters Nicole and Audrey, the fourth generation, currently work year-round for the camp.
Through each generation, Scatico has embraced its core mission: creating a close-knit and welcoming "second home" in which campers and staff form lifelong friendships and memories; and build character and core values.
At its best, a camp experience should provide a personal foundation for a happy and fulfilling adult life. For generations to come...