Safety is Camp Echo’s number one priority when it comes to transportation of campers and staff. Camp Echo performs routine maintenance checks on all camp-owned vehicles and requires any outside service providers do the same. Learn more about the various ways campers are transported below.
To & From Camp Echo
Transportation between Camp Echo and the McGaw YMCA in Evanston via air-conditioned, restroom-equipped coach buses (240 miles, 5 hours) is included in the summer camper fee. The McGaw YMCA is the only pick-up and drop-off location for Camp Echo’s buses. Parents have the option to drop off their child at camp or pick-up their child from camp. Adult and family campers provide their own transportation.
Campers turn in their bus pass when they board the bus. Every camper should board the bus with his or her bag lunch in hand. Luggage need not be on the same bus as the camper. Once campers board the bus, they may not get off. Parents who wish to view the bus interior may do so between 8:00 and 8:30 am. Parents may not board the bus once campers begin boarding at 8:30 am.
Buses depart at 9:00 am sharp. Buses are air-conditioned and restroom-equipped. Camp Echo staff members serve as monitors on each bus. Campers who miss the bus must provide their own transportation to Camp Echo.
All of Camp Echo’s Adventure Trips start at Camp Echo. Each trip will spend a couple days at camp reviewing basic trip skills, coming together as a group, and preparing equipment and gear for the upcoming trip. Once the trip is ready to go, they will travel in a recent year (2008 or later) 15-passenger van or Chevrolet Suburbans. All vans used by Camp Echo are equipped with computerized vehicle-stabilization technology.
Camp Echo performs DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) checks on all staff before clearing them to drive vehicles. If they clear the DMV check, they then receive training specific to driving the vehicles they will be using throughout the summer.