Pricing for Summer 2020 programs will look a bit different for Summer 2021. The following changes are part of our continued effort to meet families where they are while continuing to invest in staff and cover the increased costs associated with implementing COVID mitigation strategies.
- Families will have the opportunity to select one of three price options for each program.
- There will continue to be a sliding scale of financial assistance to increase access to as many families as possible.
- Y members will continue to receive a significant discount for any youth programs.
- All payments, including deposits, will be refundable. We will continue to ask families to consider donating or keeping payments as credit should they decide to cancel.
For campers that were enrolled in Summer 2020 last spring, we will apply the same Y membership status and financial assistance that was awarded at that time.
Option B (Partial Increase) – Families selecting this option will be helping Camp Echo cover the increased costs of operating camp for their camper.
Option C (Full Increase) – Families selecting this option will be covering the full cost increase of operating camp for their camper, including an investment in higher salaries for our seasonal staff.
Families will select their price option during the camper application process. The experience at camp will be the exact same for campers regardless of the pricing option that they select.
We provide an accessible experience to all who would like to enjoy Camp Echo by providing finical support through Community Partnerships / Outreach and Sliding–Scale Fee Assistance. To apply for Fee Assistance, submit your most recent 1040 tax form. The level of assistance offered is based on your annual income and the number of people in your household. To qualify for sliding scale fee assistance the camper must be a member of the McGaw YMCA.
*Membership requirement is waived for families that qualify for families who qualify for benefits through the Illinois Child Care Assistance Program (CCAP). They receive assistance based on the non-member rates.
We can provide families an “estimation of their camp fee” over the phone so that a general idea of the cost of camp is available. The level of assistance will be communicated officially via email of confirmation once the required documentation has been received. If the level of assistance is not enough and may prevent your camper from attending camp, please email the Echo staff at email@example.com to provide additional information relating to your families situation.
Eligible memberships include youth, teen, or family memberships. Adult memberships do not qualify campers for discounted member pricing for camp. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact the McGaw YMCA membership team at 847-475-7400 for more information. Additional information can also be found on the McGaw YMCA website.
PAYMENT PLAN (MONTHLY)- With this plan, the balance due will be automatically drafted from your checking account or credit card (whichever method you use for your deposit) in equal payments.
- Monday, February 15
- Monday, March 15
- Thursday, April 15
- Friday, May 14
PAY AS YOU GO OPTION- If you select this option, you can log into your CampInTouch account to pay at your leisure. If you have not paid your balance by this time, the Camp Echo office will contact you before taking payment.
PAY IN FULL OPTION- If you select this option, full payment will be charged.
All program fees, including deposits, will be fully refundable for Summer 2021. Camp Echo recognizes the vast possible reasons for cancellations for Summer 2021, many of which are beyond the control of the campers and families who might have to cancel. Regardless of the reason, families will have the option of a full refund and asked to consider keeping payments as a credit for future Camp Echo programs or donating payments to support Camp Echo operations.
Please note: Donations are not refundable.
Camp Echo is committed to providing campers and parents clear messaging with our policies. We have put the following policies in place to ensure the quality and consistency of our services.
If a camper withdraws from a program we contact the first person on the waitlist.
If we contact you about an opening, you will typically have 24 hours to confirm if you would like to accept the spot. If we don’t hear back after 24 hours, we move on to the next camper on the waitlist.
Due to COVID practices (such as quarantining and testing), we will not contact families on the wait list if it is within two weeks before the start of the session.