Camp Echo staff members are chosen with care from a pool of applicants that includes both returning Camp Echo veterans, new staff from colleges and high schools around the country, high schools in the Evanston area, and a number of fresh faces from around the world.
All of Camp Echo’s staff is extensively trained before camp begins, mastering Camp Echo’s policies and procedures, as well as how to effectively work with, and develop, youth. Camp Echo’s staff training occurs during the two weeks prior to campers arriving and is led by the full-time and seasonal leadership teams.
Camp Echo’s staff to camper ratio is 1:6 or lower. The number of campers in Pathfinder and Main Camp cabins varies slightly based on enrollment, but is typically 10 campers per cabin. These cabins are staffed with at least 2 counselors: a Senior Counselor (1 or more year out of high school) and an Assistant Counselor (3 or 4 years of high school completed). Cabins often also have a Counselor-In-Training.
Teen participants (Voyagers, Explorers, Rangers, and others) and trippers are mentored by Teen Counselors and Trip Guides who have been specifically trained in the unique needs and issues facing teenagers. Teen Counselors work with each individual to develop leadership skills and use teambuilding activities to build a positive group dynamic.
Family Camp staff are almost all age 21 or older. They are typically college graduates, long-time returning alumni with a wealth of camp experience, or dedicated international staff members who are finishing their summer in United States. These fun and engaging counselors love families and facilitate the many activities during family camp.