Safety is Camp Echo’s number one priority when it comes to transportation of campers and staff. Camp Echo performs routine maintenance checks on all camp-owned vehicles and requires any outside service providers do the same. Learn more about the various ways campers are transported below.
To & From Camp Echo
Transportation between Camp Echo and the McGaw YMCA in Evanston via air-conditioned, restroom-equipped coach buses (240 miles, 5 hours) is included in the summer camper fee. The McGaw YMCA is the only pick-up and drop-off location for Camp Echo’s buses. Parents have the option to drop off their child at camp or pick-up their child from camp. Adult and family campers provide their own transportation.
Campers turn in their bus pass when they board the bus. Every camper should board the bus with his or her bag lunch in hand. Luggage need not be on the same bus as the camper. Once campers board the bus, they may not get off. Parents who wish to view the bus interior may do so between 8:00 and 8:30 am. Parents may not board the bus once campers begin boarding at 8:30 am.
Buses depart at 9:00 am sharp. Buses are air-conditioned and restroom-equipped. Camp Echo staff members serve as monitors on each bus. Campers who miss the bus must provide their own transportation to Camp Echo.
Session 3 Late Start- 9th Grade Programs
We are starting our 9th grade programs (Villagers, Voyagers, Minnesota Canoe) for Session 3 on Monday, July 1 instead of Sunday, June 30. This is due to the ETHS summer school schedule, which ends in the afternoon on Monday, July 1. We recognize that not all Session 3 campers attend summer school, however this late start date applies to all 9th graders.
10th and 11th grade programs will begin on Sunday, but they have the option to arrive on Monday if they are also in summer school.
There will be a bus to Camp Echo on Monday, July 1 that will leave the McGaw YMCA in Evanston and depart at 3 PM sharp. This means campers should arrive to the Y around 2:15 PM so they can get all checked in before the bus departs. Please remember to pack a sack dinner for the bus ride.
You are also welcome to drive to camp to drop off your camper in the evening on Monday, July 1.
All of Camp Echo’s Adventure Trips start at Camp Echo. Each trip will spend a couple days at camp reviewing basic trip skills, coming together as a group, and preparing equipment and gear for the upcoming trip. Once the trip is ready to go, they will travel in a recent year (2012 or later) 15-passenger van. All vans used by Camp Echo are equipped with computerized vehicle-stabilization technology.
Camp Echo performs DMV (Department of Motor Vehicles) checks on all staff before clearing them to drive vehicles. If they clear the DMV check, they then receive training specific to driving the vehicles they will be using throughout the summer.