Since 1924, young campers have enjoyed the wonders of summer camp on Camp Echo’s incredible peninsula location. “The Peninsula” remains the focal point of our traditional summer camp programs, which develop young campers through various camp activities, such as sailing, archery, arts & crafts, and more. Campers grow personally and learn to enjoy independence in a safe environment, while also working with their cabin mates to develop into a caring and successful group for their time together at Camp Echo.
Main Camp offers boys and girls the opportunity to grow both as individuals and as members of their peer group. Cabin groups live, work, and play together, enjoying activities as a group while learning to respect each other’s differences. Each camper also embarks on an individual journey in three camptivity classes that change each week and two hours of free choice activities daily.
From morning “reflections” to bedtime “taps talks” campers grow in spirit, mind, and body, learning YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility in a supportive setting. Evening activities bring all cabin groups together to enjoy campfires and large-group games. Two-week sessions include all-camp team activities mid-session, often referred to as olympics. At Camp Echo, these activities stress participation and cooperation over winning.
3rd graders may attend Sessions 1 and/or 5.
4th – 7th graders may attend Sessions 1 – 5.
8th graders may attend Sessions 2 – 5.
NEW for 2013: Camp Echo no longer uses the “Pathfinders” program name to distinguish younger campers. Campers will continue to be assigned to cabins with campers similar in age, as they always have.
Main Camp Add-Ons: Camp Echo supports the growth of campers in all activities, and fosters campers’ desires to spend more time in a particular activity that they often experience only in the summer. As add-ons to Main Camp, we offer Horseback Riding Lessons, the Ranchers Specialty Camp, and Sailing Specialty Camp. Learn more about each activity below!
Horseback Riding Lessons offer campers with a truly unique summer camp experience, learning how to care for and ride these beautiful animals while also exploring Camp Echo’s expansive property via horseback. Main Campers of all ages and experience are welcome to Horseback Riding Lessons at Camp Echo. Campers that participate in Horseback Riding Lessons spend one of their three hour-long morning camptivity periods learning various skills related to riding. Refer to our FAQs for more information. (Extra Fee: $90) 1st Session FULL
Ranchers Specialty Camp, Sessions 2 – 5, Grades 6 – 8
Main Campers with at least three years of horseback riding lessons at Camp Echo (or the equivalent) may choose to be Ranchers, joining a small group of other campers who also have a passion for horseback riding. While other campers participants complete Camptivity rotations, this special group receives specialized riding instruction from a highly trained Ranch Camp Instructor! Ranchers will enjoy Ranch Camp for one week of camptivities and participate in other Main Camp camptivities for the other week. Refer to our FAQs for more information. (Extra Fee: $200) All Sessions are FULL
Sailing Specialty Camp, Sessions 2 – 5, Grades 6 – 8
Specially designed for campers with a great interest in Sailing. Campers will spend their mornings receiving focused sailing instruction during one of the two weeks of their session. They will learn to sail all of the boats in the area, participate in races, and learn advanced techniques. (Extra Fee: $150)