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 boy-Identifying and girl-Identifying 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 6.
4th – 8th graders may attend Sessions 1 – 6.
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. Learn more about each activity below!
- Arts & Crafts
- Boating & Canoeing
- Challenge Course
We also occasionally offer advanced camptivities of the above programs as well as other unique special camptivities that our staff create, like a Harry Potter camptivity.
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: $110 for Sessions 2-5, $90 for Session 1&6)
Ranch Camp, Sessions 2 – 5, Grades 7 – 9
Campers entering 7th, 8th and 9th grade may be eligible for our Ranch Camp program. This program is for a small group of campers who have a passion for horseback riding. This special group receives specialized riding instruction from a highly trained Ranch Camp Instructor! Participants will enjoy Ranch Camp during ALL THREE CAMPTIVITIES for one week and participate in other Main Camp camptivities for the other week. Campers can only sign up for one week of Ranch Camp, but they may also sign up for one week of Horseback Riding lessons.
Eligibility: We suggest that campers have at least three years of horseback riding lessons at Camp Echo, however campers’ riding ability will be evaluated on the first day of the session. Campers must demonstrate a good position and be confident in their ability to remain balanced within the saddle while posting to the trot. Ranch Campers often trot on Echo’s trails and must have complete control of the horse’s steering. If the Wrangler does not feel it is safe for a camper to participate in Ranch Camp due to their evaluation, we may remove a camper from the Ranch Camp program. The camper may then transfer into one or two weeks of horseback riding lessons (for one camptivity), and Camp Echo will refund the cost difference in programs.(Extra Fee: $240)
Check out some of the slideshows from last summer: