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McGaw YMCA Camp Echo Alumni News -
December 2013

News from the Desk of Monique Parsons, McGaw YMCA COO:

It is with regret that I announce the departure of Koffi Kpachavi from the McGaw YMCA after two seasons of dedicated service as Branch Executive Director, Camp Echo.


Koffi's plans are to move from Evanston to Fremont where his youngest son is in high school.


Over the next several weeks the process will begin to identify Koffi's replacement. I will continue to communicate changes as they come up. During the transition period please direct any Camp Echo inquiries should be directed to me.


Please join me in thanking Koffi for his valued service to the McGaw YMCA. We all wish him the best of luck in his new ventures.



Monique Parsons

Chief Operating Officer, McGaw YMCA 




Dear Friends of Echo,


The leaves have fallen and the snow and ice have arrived. The year-round Camp Echo staff have retreated to our offices in Evanston but we miss this view every day. Next summer's staff and campers are making plans to return and camp is resting after a long and fun-filled summer. Over 1300 campers and 150 families enjoyed living and playing together. Thanks to our alumni and friends we were able to help 229 campers and 15 families attend camp this summer who otherwise could not have afforded to do so. 


Camper registration and Staff hiring are underway for summer 2014 and we are looking forward to what we expect will be our best summer yet. We hope you will plan to join us for a couple of Camp Echo events this winter. First will be the All Time Camp Echo Reunion on Sunday, December 29, 2013, 4pm - 7pm at Prairie Moon in Evanston and the second will be a fundraiser for Camp Echo on Saturday, February 15, 2014, 7:00-11:00pm at the Woman's Club of Evanston. Details for each event are included in this newsletter.   

Be the Spirit,

Bernard Rocca, Meredith Stevens, and Katie Trippi

Camp Echo Reunion

Were you on staff in 2013?

Were you a camper in 2013?

Were you on staff way back when?

Do you LOVE Camp Echo?


If you answered yes to any of the questions above then you are invited to the Camp Echo Reunion   

When: Sunday, December 29th, 4:00 - 7:00 pm

Where: Prairie Moon Restaurant (1502 Sherman) 

Who: Anyone and Everyone who loves Camp Echo (there is no age restriction) 

Cost: $20 suggested donation per adult (21+). Donations benefit our Send-A-Kid to Camp Fund.

If you've been coming to Echo for 10+ years you can pick up your 

Ten Year Tote at the reunion 
Have Questions? Email Katie Trippi
Camp Echo Crew to the Rescue in Coal City, IL
Two weeks ago terrible storms ravaged several communities in Illinois. One week later, Echo alum Chuck Heisinger pulled together a group of Camp Echo Work Weekend Volunteers to go down to Coal City, IL to assist with the clean-up and the distribution of household goods to the victims of the storm. Participants are from the left: Susan Bova, Bill Chiaro, Bruce Baars, Molly Baars, Kurt Uhlir, Patti Carrington, Chuck Heisinger, Keith Willis, Rachel Carrington, Brian Lee, and Emily Allen.



Thanks for Living the Echo Spirit!!

 Holiday Song Camp Echo Style

This song was written during Holiday Camptivity at Echo this summer. Sing it to the tune of the 12 days of Christmas.


The Twelve Days of Echo

On the first day of Echo my campers gave to me...

a dirty sock they found at T.P.


On the second day of Echo ... two used band-aids  

On the third day of Echo ... three unfinished lanyards

On the fourth day of Echo ... four broken arrows

On the fifth day of Echo ... five wet swim suits

On the sixth day of Echo ... six unscraped plates

On the seventh day of Echo ... seven flying monkeys

On the eighth day of Echo ... eight unmatching flip flops

On the ninth day of Echo ... nine kayak paddles

On the tenth day of Echo ... ten turtled sunfish

On the eleventh day of Echo ... eleven tangled fishing poles

On the twelfth day of Echo ... twelve hungry bugs


Order your Camp Echo Calendar for 2014      

Here is a wonderful gift idea for your favorite Camp Echo Alum


Our 2014 calendar is filled with beautiful full color photos of Echo as well as camp songs and Echo trivia and a countdown to camp. See a mock up of one month

The price for your calendar is determined by how you would like us to get it to you.

$15.00 if you pick it up at the McGaw YMCA in Evanston
$20.00 if we mail it within the Continental United States
$25.00 if we mail it outside the Continental United States

The Camp Echo Website Has it All!
Visit our website to view up-to-date information about all that Camp Echo has to offer.
Echo Alumni Activities
There are many ways for you as an alum to reconnect with the Camp Echo Spirit!
Attend Events:
  • Sunday December 29, 2013 Camp Echo Reunion for all ages at Prairie Moon in Evanston 4pm -7pm
  • Saturday, February 15, 2014 "For the love of Echo" fundraising event for camp scholarships at the Woman's Club of Evanston 7pm -11pm
  • Join us at a work weekend in the spring and fall to open and close camp. Contact Brian McGinn for information.
  • Help out in the Echo Office at the McGaw YMCA during the non-summer months. We can always use volunteer help! Contact Katie Trippi for information.
  • Serve on the Echo Spirit Team at bus departures and arrivals at the McGaw YMCA. Contact Bernard Rocca for information. 
  • Volunteer to be a member of the Camp Echo staff during Family Camp and/or Main Camp. Contact Meredith Stevens for details.
Sign up for Camp:

Come for a Visit:

You are always welcome to visit and take a tour of camp. At first glance Camp Echo looks very much the same as it did when you were here last, but we would love the chance to show you all that is new and improved as well as give you a peek at our plans for the future. During the winter months, please call Brian McGinn. During the summer months, call Katie Trippi to let us know when you plan to arrive so that we can plan accordingly.
Alumni News
Follow this link for news about what some of your favorite Echo Alums are up to. And of course, send Katie your news for our next newsletter.

This month we are featuring news about:
Charles R. McKibbin
Winifred "Freddie" Potter
Evan O'Brien
Julian Sims
Anna Sullivan and Andrew Blake
Vivian Bianchi Sherman
Jamie Deutch Noll
Ingrid Davidson DeCherrie
Anje Schaefer Cluxton
Bill and Beth Geiger
We'd love to hear from you! 
Send us your Camp Echo Stories and Memories.


Wishing you the happiest of Holiday Seasons.


Be the Spirit,


Katie Tucker Trippi


Alumni and Development Director

1000 Grove Street,

Evanston, IL 60201

847-475-7400 x 226