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McGaw YMCA Camp Echo Alumni News - Aug/Sept 2014
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Camp Director's News
Denver Alumni Reunion
New Waterskis for Camp
Camp Readers Program
Trading Post Items
Echo U-Tube Channel
Fall Adult Work Weekend
Alumni News
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News From Our Camp Director, Bernard Rocca

 A Motto to Live By:


Camp is for the CAMPERS!

A simple motto with profound meaning and weight, this statement carries over to every action that the Camp Echo staff takes. As we reflect on how actions are supporting campers, we are reminded of former Camp Director Neil Featherstone's words, "What have you done for the kids lately?" Summer 2014 has seen staff, alumni, and community partners step up time and again to support the growth and development of Camp Echo's campers.


Camp Echo's summer staff works tirelessly to impact campers on a daily basis. Summer 2014 has seen over 1500 campers pass through the Main Gate, the most campers yet. Over 1100 of these campers enjoyed the traditional summer camp experience in Main Camp and nearly 400 experience Camp Echo's life-changing teen leadership and adventure programs.


Like no summer before, Camp Echo has worked to share more of our story with community leaders, alumni, families, and donors. During summer 2014, Camp Echo has hosted the McGaw YMCA Board of Directors, Camp Echo alumni, Evanston YOU staff, and Evanston community leaders. The investment of these individuals, to drive 8+ hours to and from Camp Echo, is significant but witnessing camp running at full tilt leaves a lasting impression on every visitor: the Y community will grow stronger with each additional camper at Camp Echo. Camp is for the campers, but the benefit reaches far beyond.


Camp Echo is positioned to be a beacon of youth impact in our communities, throughout the Y Movement, and throughout the country. Continued investment in the campers, the staff, and the facility is essential. This investment depends on the support of all our stakeholders and every gift makes an impact. 


This summer, Camp Echo was thrilled to receive a generous donation of new water skis from a group of Echo alums (and ski enthusiasts), which has inspired current staff to raise funds for improvements to the sailing area. The summer staff has committed to raising $3,000 towards the purchase of a new sailboat. This is a significant and inspiring commitment from our summer leaders that will lead a sustained effort to improve the program equipment for all of camp's life-changing activities.


Spirit - Mind - Body,

Bernard Rocca

Camp Echo Branch Executive Director  



Join us in Denver on October 11th & 12th
Camp Echo Alumni Reunion in Denver
Sat. October 11 & Sun. October 12
Bernard Rocca, Katie Trippi, and Rob Johnston are traveling to Denver to reconnect with Camp Echo Alums.

Saturday, October 11th join us for a cookout lunch (BYO) and softball game in Berkeley Lake Park, 4601 W. 46th Ave, Denver at 1:00pm. 

Saturday, October 11th join us at Wyncoop Brewing Co., 1634 18th St, Denver, at 7:00 pm For dinner and drinks.

Sunday, October 12th join us for Brunch at Guadalajara Mexican Buffet, 11385 E. Colfax at 12:00 noon. 

RSVP to 
for any or all of these events.
Alumni Donors Fund New Water skis

Camp Echo staff and camper alums from the 1970's and 80's pooled their gifts this summer to fund four brand new water skis: two beginner slalom skis and a pair of beginner two skis. These donations spurred the current Echo Staff to pledge $3000 for a new sailboat. One good deed deserves another. 



Update on our Y Summer Camp Readers Program at Echo

We promoted more reading at Echo this summer by putting small libraries in each of our 20 camper cabins and encouraging counselors to read to their campers for half an hour at bedtime each night. 

We received over 400 books donated by alumni and parents to create these libraries and we observed kids reading more all over camp. Thank you for your outpouring of generosity and interest in keeping kids reading throughout the summer.


What was the coolest thing at the Trading Post?

Last month we told you about the Camp Echo Buff which was wildly popular at Trading Post this summer. The next most popular item was the Black Echo Logo Noodie Sweatshirt which cost $25 we still have plenty of Youth and Adult sizes in stock. Contact Katie Trippi if you would like to purchase either item.



The Camp Echo You Tube Channel Has it All!
Visit our You Tube Channel to view videos of camp from this summer.
McGaw YMCA Camp echo Session 1 2014
McGaw YMCA Camp Echo Session 1 2014
You will find a video from each session as well as Family Camp and various topics of interest about Camp Echo.

Join us for Fall Adult Work Weekend
Friday, September 26
Saturday, September 27
Sunday, September 28

Help us put Camp Echo to bed for the winter.

You must be at least 21 years old to attend. Most folks arrive on Friday evening. We work all day Saturday bringing in boats and piers, painting, putting away, and preparing camp for winter, then we celebrate our hard work with a Steak Fry and frivolity on Saturday night. Folks head home from camp on Sunday.

Contact Brian McGinn if you plan to attend or would like more information about the weekend. 

Echo Alumni News
Alumni in this month's news:
Robert Behrends, Sr.
Jamie Coffman
James Hoel
Sarah Geline Welz
We'd love to hear from you! 
Send us your Camp Echo Stories, Memories, and News
May the Echo Spirit be with you always,


Katie Tucker Trippi


Alumni and Development Director

3782 S. Triangle Trail

Fremont, MI 49412