Traditional Camp, On-Site Teens, and Teen Leadership
Camp Echo takes pride in offering a traditional, and rustic, summer camp experience. The packing list reflects what is needed to ensure every camper has what they need to enjoy their experience to the fullest. Included is a list of what not to bring, which includes all items that are not allowed at Camp Echo.
The packing list for Main Camp and other on-site programs can be found in our Parent Information Packet.
Making sure that you have all of the right gear for your trip can be a bit daunting. Listed below are all of the trips that are going out this summer. While a lot of the gear is the same from trip to trip there are specific things for each trip. Make sure that you click on the right list for your trip.
Moosejaw, REI, and Campmor websites do not offer a discount specifically for Camp Echo, but often have merchandise that is disounted or on sale. Check the bottom of this page for local partnerships and discounts.
Remember that layering clothing helps keep you warm and cuts down on the amount of clothing needed. For example: lightweight long underwear, a loose fitting wool or fleece jacket, and rain gear will keep you warm in the mountain cold. Cotton is discouraged because it will lose almost all of its insulating value when it gets wet and will remain wet and heavy for extended periods of time.
Choose a lightweight, synthetic or down filled bag that is rated 20 degrees or lower. Types of synthetic material to look for include:Quallofil, Hollofil, Polarguard. Cotton-filled bags are too heavy and bulky (they do not pack down small enough).
Don’t underestimate the importance of staying dry! A lightweight, sturdy rain jacket and pants are best. Expensive Gore-Tex is not necessary but thin plastic does not endure the rigors of trip use. Coated nylon or rubberized coats will work well. Do not bring ponchos. Consider rain gear that is also wind proof (as stated on the tag).
A good backpack will offer many years of travel enjoyment! Be sure to have your pack adjusted to your body and try it on with weight in it. It needs to be big enough to carry your own gear as well as a portion of the group’s equipment. The pack can either be an internal or external frame – the size of the pack you should carry depends on your height and weight, but should be no larger than 5500 cubic inches. Trailblazers do not need a pack with much much more than 3500-4800 cubic inches. Female participants should consider buying a pack that is specifically designed for women.
Boots should be waterproof and fit while wearing a pair of wool socks and sock liners. They should be suitable for all terrain, while carrying a 50 lb pack. Choose high quality boots to ensure they can withstand the wear and tear of your trip. The boot you select must also offer ankle support. Also, purchasing insoles will greatly increase the comfort and cushion of your boots.
Choosing a Bike
When choosing a tour bike, you should stay away from ultra light racing frames. These types of bikes do not have the required features for touring (i.e. ability to handle a back rack plus panniers nor are they durable enough to handle the abuse inherent to the trip.) Most 10-speed bikes are suitable for touring, but when choosing between a 10-speed bike and a mountain bike, give careful consideration to what use you will have for the bike after the trip is over. 10-speed bikes are not suitable for off-roading. However, both types are suitable for Echo trips. If you are planning on using a fat tire bike (like a mountain bike), you may want to consider buying slick tires (most fat tire bikes come with thick, knobby tires. Thinner tires that have little or no knobs, known as slicks can easily replace the knobby ones). Handlebars should be taped or padded. Your seat is very important, it’s your main contact point with the bike. A padded seat is good, but too much padding is uncomfortable to ride with.
At Family Camp, families need many of the same things that our summer campers need. However, experienced campers often choose to bring a few extra items to make their cabin feel like home.
The recommended Family Camp packing list can be found in the Family Camp Handbook.
Bring your lists/mention Camp Echo, or use the coupon code “ECHO” online, to receive 10% off non-sale items from Uncle Dan’s (847-475-7100, 901 Church Street).
Looking for fun games, toys, or care package ideas? Mention Camp Echo when you visit Becky & Me Toys (847-942-1030, 620 Grove Street) and 10% of purchases will be donated back to Camp Echo’s scholarship fund!