The purpose of Camp Echo’s wilderness programs is to provide leadership development, and group living experiences to teens in a setting that promotes respect and caring for the natural environment and for people. Campers in wilderness programs live in our more rustic settings at Outpost in yurts or at Birches in platform tents.
Voyagers will eat many meals in our Dining Hall, but have the option to cook some of their meals independently at Outpost.
The highlight of the session is a three-day two-night canoe trip (weather permitting). On the trip, participants practice their canoeing skills, enjoy the serene beauty of the Manistee River, and learn introductory camping and leave no trace skills. Participants also have the option of embarking on a solo overnight. On the solo, each participant chooses a location near Birches, where they spend one night.
Rustic living, service in nature, and experiential education are the focuses of this new program for our oldest campers living in platform tents at Birches. Pathfinders emphasizes the value of service both on- and off-camp, as we grow to understand our impact and the value of our surroundings.
All meals are cooked independently at Birches by the group, and campers help with meal preparation and cleanup. The group will spend time on Camp Echo’s 500+ acre property developing a service project to give back to camp. Camp Echo is also neighbors to the Huron-Manistee National Forest and over 50 miles of the North Country Trail. As an off-camp service opportunity, Pathfinders will camp and volunteer in the Forest. The final component of the program will be a three-day two-night canoe trip (weather permitting).