THIS PROGRAM IS CLOSED.
(we are working to acquire the complete records for ALL years)
We advise current and/or former staff to report any abuses you may have witnessed while working at the Camp Tracey. For information on your rights and how to take action, visit www.heal-online.org/blowthewhistle.htm. If you were fired or forced to resign because you opposed any illegal and/or unethical practices at Camp Tracey, you have the right to take action.
If you were harmed (family or survivor) by Camp Tracey, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you remember the long-term employees and from which years. This will help! Also, if you recognize any of these staff as having worked at another program, please send in any information about their past or present employment at other facilities and/or cults.
This program is closed/closing as of October, 2013.
|Wilford McCormick||Founder/Director||No education or training in psychology or appropriate therapies for children and teens.|
|Gary Byram||Money Man--Fundraiser||No qualifications other than being "saved" at age 27.|
|Jeff & Michele Kresch||Boys' Dorm Parents|
|Bruce & Jeanette Scott||Staff|
|Sara & Justin Scott||Staff|
|Ken & Pat Jackson||Staff|
|Steve & Vicki Ashby||Staff|
|Billy & Emily Morris||Staff|
|Tom & Jeannie Swan||Staff|
|Jeff & Sharon Econom||Staff|
|Will & Alicia Jones||Staff|
|Fran & Wayne Jacobs||Staff||Wayne is reportedly deceased. Fran Jacobs reportedly worked at Harvest Christian Academy prior to going to CT.|
|Joe & Judy Rogers||Staff|
|Arthur Houde||Staff||Houde was reportedly also the former principal of Harvest Christian Academy.|
|Cedric McCormick||Staff||McCormick also reportedly worked at Harvest Christian Academy.|
|Steve Griffin||Staff||Griffin is reportedly deceased.|
|Chuck & Susie (Suesy) Wolf||Staff|
|Paul & Lisa Theus||Staff|
|Rich Moran||Dorm Parent||Reported by survivor on January 28th, 2014.|
|Rick & Linda Harris||Dorm Parents||Reported by survivor on July 13th, 2014|
|Chuck & Nita Wilson||Dorm Parents||Reported by survivor on July 13th, 2014|
|Jason Rogers||Staff||Reported by survivor on July 28th, 2014|
|Tom Thomason||Staff||Reported by survivor on December 22nd, 2015|
|NO OTHER NAMES||NO OTHER TITLES||(Camp Tracey, like many other programs in this industry, keeps a "tight lid" on any specific information regarding their staff, qualifications, and practices. Please contact us with the names of any staff of which you have firsthand knowledge or experience. Thank you for your help.)|
|Article: How Faith Based Initiatives Help Unlicensed Reform Schools Thrive (RA, 2007) Excerpt: "In 2003, a former student of FACCCA’s Camp Tracey filed a lawsuit against the facility alleging that he was forced to perform sex acts with two camp counselors (Paul Pinkam, Man Sues Church, Alleges Abuse - Harvest Baptist’s Camp Tracey Cited, THE FLORIDA TIMES-UNION, May 10, 2003, available at http://www.nospank.net/n-k92r.htm). A grand jury investigated Camp Tracey in 1987 after years of physical abuse allegations by children and parents. Allegations leading to the investigation included excessive corporal punishment and the use of ropes and handcuffs to restrain children. The grand jury criticized the absence of procedures allowing residents of Camp Tracey to contact authorities in the event of abuse (www.isaccorp.org/faccca/camptracey1.pdf )." (isaccorp.org is no longer active)|
|Article: Group sex, abuse investigations lead to arrests at Camp Tracey (North Florida News Daily, July 2nd, 2008)|
|Article: In God's Name: Abuse at Religious Group Homes in Florida (Tampa Bay Times, October 27th, 2012)|
Camp Tracey, a controversial children’s home ministry in north Baker, is closing this month after three decades, The Baker County Press reported. Camp founder Pastor Wilford McCormick said the 160-acre property still will be used for “the Lord’s work,” though the site’s specific use remains uncertain. When asked why now, he said, “We’re dealing with a changing environment in a lot of different things. … After much prayer and fasting, we made this decision.” Camp Tracey was among the homes featured last year in an investigative series by The Tampa Bay Times, which revealed the state has investigated Camp Tracey 22 times since the 1980s and found evidence of abuse in a third of the cases.
(Source: Read more at Jacksonville.com: http://jacksonville.com/news/metro/2013-10-09/story/around-region-embattled-childrens-home-ministry-closing-baker-county#ixzz2iVrHXEk2)
|External Link: http://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/CampTraceyGroup/conversations/messages (Survivor Message Board)|
December 23rd, 2015
Last Updated: December 23rd, 2015