Camp Echo has always reflected the ideals of the communities we serve. Everyone is welcome at Camp Echo, and the values we teach cross all faiths and backgrounds. Every day we remind ourselves that we must strive to be caring, accept responsibility, show respect to all others, and be honest in all we do. We value diversity, and diversity is inclusive, not exclusive.
McGaw Y Mission: The McGaw YMCA is an open, charitable membership association that promotes growth in spirit, mind and body through programs and services for all.
McGaw Y Vision: The McGaw YMCA will be Evanston’s lead collaborative partner in strengthening community.
Camp Echo Goal Statement: To operate a fun and engaging program while fostering the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of our participants. We promote character development, celebrate diversity, encourage service learning, and teach our teen participants leadership skills.
Camp Echo Goals for Campers: Camp Echo’s goals for campers fall into three categories: Safety, Community, and Personal Growth. These categories are a defined progression, with each category providing the foundation upon which the next set of goals can be more fully realized. As such, the categories are always referred to in the same order, along with the goals within each category.
Feel Secure: Campers choose how far they are pushed out of their comfort zone and feel individually supported by staff in overcoming fears and challenges.
Ask For Help: Campers ask for support from peers, counselors, or other members of the community and are accepting of help when offered.
Make New Friends: Campers form strong relationships through structured and unstructured activities led by staff to celebrate individual differences.
Give Back: Campers gain a sense of impact and fulfillment through acts of service and actively enhancing the Camp Echo experience for all.
Strengthen Self-Confidence: Campers strengthen their personal identity, recognizing and putting into action their assets to problem-solve and navigate the world with greater independence.
Build Leadership Skills: Campers have opportunities to learn various styles of leadership and given opportunities to motivate and inspire others.
… AND HAVE FUN!
Campers will be filled with awe and wonder on a daily basis while experiencing the joy of choosing activities that suit their personal interests.