In 2015, Matthew Scavitto, a former Camp Tecumseh counselor from 2001 to 2014, was arrested and subsequently convicted of sexual abuse of two high school students in Pennsylvania, one of whom was a former Camper and Camp counselor. In response to the arrest, the Camp’s Director and the Board of Directors immediately engaged child protection professionals to conduct a review of the former counselor’s conduct, coordinated closely with local law enforcement to share information gathered in our review, communicated with Camp families about the arrest, and asked anyone with information about interactions with the former counselor to contact the Moultonborough Police Department or child protection professionals. Although no other Campers reported abuse at that time, we remained open to the possibility that other individuals may have been impacted by Scavitto, especially as we learned that Scavitto had demonstrated favoritism and engaged in boundary violations with certain Campers. That information was shared with law enforcement.
In October 2020, a second former Camper reported that he was abused by this same counselor in the early 2000s. This former Camper was one of the individuals we had identified in 2015 as a potential Camper of concern for law enforcement to pursue. In early 2016, that former Camper denied any abuse by Scavitto, however, given our understanding of the dynamics of child abuse, when the former Camper came forward in 2020 to report abuse, Camp stood ready to support and believe him. Camp Tecumseh worked to respond to the 2020 report in the same candid, forthright manner we responded in 2015. We again communicated with all Camp families who may have intersected with Scavitto, and shared information we gathered with law enforcement. We also worked collaboratively with the former Camper and his counsel to reach a mediated settlement of a civil lawsuit filed by the former Camper and have sought to understand and learn from his experience. We are deeply appreciative of his courage.
More detailed information about the Camp’s response to sexual abuse by Matthew Scavitto is available here.