Staff Training is a mandatory and invaluable time up at camp before the summer starts. Save for still being in school, all people hired for positions listed below are required to attend staff training.
- Summer Leadership (Unit Leaders & Specialists): May 15
- Program Staff (Trip Guides, Barn Staff, Teen Staff, ALL Counselors), Operations Staff, Wellness Staff, Food Service Staff: May 21
*Trip Staff training goes through Friday, June 11.
- All Staff (including Junior Staff): June 1
*All On-Site Staff trainings go through Friday, June 5.
Staff and volunteers at Camp Echo are required to have varying degrees of certification, based on the responsibilities and tasks that their job entails.
All staff and volunteers at Camp Echo are expected to have CPR and First Aid certifications.
Although Lifeguard certification is not required to work at Camp Echo, it is strongly encouraged and is required for anyone working as Teen or Trip Staff. The Camp Echo salary scale offers a $36/week incentive for Lifeguards, which roughly pays you back in one full summer. This is built into the positions for which it is required and is a boost for other positions when relevant to the role.
International staff members interested in lifeguard certification should look for the British program “National Pool Lifeguard Qualification”. Once at camp, you will work with our other lifeguards to form cohesive rescue responses. RLSS UK is a great site to find a course near you.
If you have any specific questions about Lifeguarding or CPR/First Aid, please contact our Program Coordinator Anna Vogel.
Wilderness First Responder
Wilderness First Responder (WFR) certification is required for Adventure Trip Guides and Trip Unit Leaders.
Camp Echo typically hosts a WFR course in the spring. There are limited spots available in this WFR training. Priority is given to Adventure Trip Guides who are committed to working all-summer, followed by Adventure Trip Guides working partial summers, and finally non-Adventure Trip Guides. Spots will be confirmed by the Camp Echo Adventure Trip Coordinator. Note that staff who receive the WFR training at Camp Echo are not eligible for the WFR salary boost during the summer that they receive the training – as a 2-year training, they would be eligible the following year.
This year we will be hosting a WFR on-site May 15th-19th.
Sign up for this course will start in the spring. If you have any questions about the WFR course please contact the Adventure Trips Coordinator Charlie Schaefer.
Last Updated 12/22/2020