Grades listed are based on entering grade in Fall 2020. All programs are available to all gender identities unless designated for a specific gender identity.
Discounted YMCA member fees are listed first, followed by non-member fees.
Session 2: June 14 – 26
Session 3: June 28 – July 10
Session 4: July 12 – 24
Session 5: July 26 – August 7
Session 6: August 9 – 14
Week Long Family Camp: August 17-23
Labor Day Weekend Family Camp: September 4 – 7
What’s New for 2020?
Some of your questions may be answered below. If you have more specific questions, please contact us!
Recently we have used Main Camp to describe both the location and the traditional camp programs. To more accurately describe our programs, we are simplifying this: Main Camp is a location and Traditional Camp is a program.
The updated Traditional Camp program is broken into different age groups for opportunities to progress through our programs.
Discoverers: rising 3rd-6th graders
Discoverers spend their first week of camp primarily with their cabin moving together as a group, trying a variety of activities, and experiencing so much more of what Camp Echo has to offer. In a two-week session, they follow our previous Main Camp schedule as they participate in camptivities during week two. Both weeks still include free choice time with Fun Swim and Twilight Fun and Olympics during a two-week session.
Note: Rising 3rd graders are still only eligible to attend one-week sessions.
Navigators: rising 6th-8th graders
Navigators follow the same schedule as our previous Main Camp program with two weeks of camptivities. In two-week sessions, 7th and 8th graders can also sign up for specialty camps for the second week. Check out “What are Specialty Camps?” to learn more about this exciting opportunity.
Explorers: rising 9th graders
We know many 9th graders still want to participate in traditional camp activities. Explorers is a transitional program on Main Camp where they can do just that, while also participating in leadership opportunities following the Camp Echo progression. This is an update to our previous 9th grade program, Villagers. The first week is spent doing camptivities and the second week provides opportunities to sign up for specialty camps or develop more focused skills in on activity area.. Explorers participate in activities with other teen groups, as well as have an on-camp overnight and an off-camp experience.
TYC is offered sessions 1 and 6 for rising 8th and 9th graders, living at our rustic Outpost site on camp.
UP Paddleventures is a new canoeing adventure trip, replacing the previous Sylvania trip which had limited capacity due to permit sizes. Campers on this re-vamped trip will venture to the Upper Peninsula of Michigan for multi-river canoe adventure on the Manistique and Indian Rivers. They will hone their canoeing skills and work together to navigate the rivers as they flow south towards Lake Michigan. Each night of camping will be on the shores of the rivers, a refreshing and peaceful way to end the day. The group will combine their paddle experience with visits to nearby popular Upper Peninsula destinations such as Seney National Wildlife Refugee or Kitch-iti-kipi springs.
All meals are cooked independently at Birches so campers can help with preparation and cleanup. The group will spend time on Camp Echo’s 500+ acre property developing a service project to give back to camp. As an off-camp service opportunity, Pathfinders will camp and volunteer in the Huron-Manistee National Forest with over 50 miles of the North Country Trail. The final component of the program will be a three-day two-night canoe trip (weather permitting).
This program is a job readiness opportunity where participants will receive a variety of trainings both pre-summer as well as at camp. Participants will learn the bigger picture of camp and healthy professional relationships as they are trained in various operational aspects of camp including food services, maintenance, clinic, barn, trading post, and more.
This is a two-session commitment (1&2, 3&4, 5&6), and SITs will live in cabins together for the first session. Their second session on camp, SITs will live in the staff quarters of Traditional Camp cabins and be seen as additional role models for campers (although they are not allowed to supervise as they are under 18).
Staff-In-Training are not paid staff members. This is a no fee program and camp will invest in the participants by providing certification opportunities like CPR/First Aid and Lifeguarding.
The 3-week GBay option is part of our Adventurers program that prepares participants to experience more independence and be more prepared to one day lead a Camp Echo Adventure Trip. During their time on camp, Adventurers will take a deep dive into the essential trip skills. The Adventurers will have 3-4 full days at Echo before departing for their trip, and upon return to camp they will have additional days on-site. Adventurers will explore similar territory as the two-week Georgian Bay Sea Kayaking trip, but with more time to explore the vast network of islands. Whether you have been to the Georgian Bay before or this is the first time, it is sure to be full of surprises!