Camp Echo’s dedicated full-time staff counts themselves lucky to work for the finest camp they know all year long. Most of the full-time team spends the off-season (October through April) working out of the McGaw YMCA in Evanston, IL. Scott spends the entire year living and working at Camp Echo in Fremont, MI – joined by the team for the summer! Click on the names below to send the Echo staff an email.
Anna Vogel, On Site Program Coordinator
Bernard Rocca, Branch Executive Director
Charles Schaefer, Adventure Trips Coordinator
Drew Jaffe, Teen Program Specialist
Katie Tucker Trippi, Alumni & Development Director
Sarah Cort, Summer Camps Director
Scott Tyink, Property Manager
Sidney Long, On-Site Program Coordinator
Camp Echo’s Summer Staff
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 Echo staff are screened through applications, reference checks, interviews, the national sex offender database, and criminal background checks for staff 18 years old and above.
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 Trips 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 (4 years of high school completed and at least 18 years old).
Teen participants in the Leadership, Wilderness, and Adventure Trips programs 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. Trip Guides are required to have Wilderness First Responder (WFR) and lifeguard certifications.