Camp Tracey

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Current status Open
Detainees.gif Capacity 40
Checked March 11, 2011
Open.gif Opened 1982

Camp Tracey is a summer camp in Florida, which use behavior modification [1].

It was founded in 1982 by Wilford McCormick.

In 2007 they claimed that they could detain 40 teenagers [2]

Program structure

The program consists of elements of physical education, prayers, schooling in Christian Values and chores backed by use of corporal punishment.

This facility used
corporal punishment

Daily Schedule

An example is stated to be [3]:

  • 03:00 to 06:00 Wake up, Physical education (corporal punishment if the teenagers cannot keep up)
  • 07:30 5 minutes of breakfast
  • 07:35 Chores
  • 09:30 Preparing for school
  • 09:45 School
  • (no data) Working on the farm
  • 19:30 Dinner
  • 21:00 Cleaning
  • 22:00 Prayer meeting
  • 23:00 Physical education
  • 01:00 Lights out

However this published schedule is contested by survivors:

As a former "camp kid" I can say that this schedule is not true nor has it ever been.

In the news

In 1987 a Baker County grand jury investigated Camp Tracey after years of physical abuse allegations by children and parents. The grand jury issued a presentment criticizing the camp for excessive corporal punishment and the use of ropes and handcuffs to restrain children at the camp, near Glen St. Mary. Grand jurors also criticized education and health care at the camp and said it would consider criminal charges if changes weren't made. However, no charges were filed.

In 2003 a man sued the program for sexual abuse done by two staff members [4].

Several others incidents are named in these articles [5]

As of July 2008 a investigation done by the Department of Children and Families is pending [6][7].

External Links

Info pages

Survivor Groups

Message boards


  1. The area the program uses on Google maps
  2. What Is Camp Tracey?, by Jessica Jones, Home Town Journal, July 20 2007
  3. Camp Tracey...??, Yahoo Answers
  4. Man sues church, alleges abuse - Harvest Baptist's Camp Tracey cited, By Paul Pinkham, The Florida Times-Union, May 10, 2003 (Reprint from Project Nospank)
  5. Camp Tracey Subject of Sex and Physical Abuse Charges Again, Because it matters blog
  6. Exclusive: Camp Tracey Allegations Bring Back Painful Memories, , by Ryan Duffy, First Coast News, July 6 2008
  7. Camper Says Camp Tracey Kids Told Not To Talk To Parents, by Ryan Duffy, First Coast News, July 8 2008