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McGaw YMCA Camp Echo Alumni News: April, 2015
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Camp Director's News
Meet the Echo Staff
Master Plan Survey
Echo Fundraising Event
Master Plan Survey
Master Plan Survey
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Greetings from the Log Cabin
Camp Echo's Home at the McGaw YMCA



Over the last ten years, Camp Echo continuously increased the amount of fee assistance given to campers. In 2005, a total of 77 campers and 2 families received $45,403 in fee assistance to attend Camp Echo. By 2014, those numbers had increased to 220 campers and 22 families receiving a total of $186,387.


We have made great progress thanks to the hard work of Echo staff to recruit campers, support families through the pre-camp processes, and deliver transformative experiences every summer. This 400% increase in fee assistance over the last 10 years is also directly linked to the inspiring generosity of Camp Echo donors.


However, the need to support campers in our community is growing. Camp Echo is working strategically to serve this growing need with increased staff resources, support of individual campers and families, and expanding community partnerships. I thank our great supporters for your continued financial support and commitment to Camp Echo's mission-driven work.


The evolving Camp Echo master plan will be another key step in determining how we can best meet community needs. I ask that you take a few moments to complete the survey shared in this newsletter to help us through this process.

It is going to be a transformational summer




With more

Spirit - Mind - Body,


Bernard Rocca

Camp Echo Branch Executive Director


Y-USA Matching Grant Opportunity Doubles the Impact of your Gift

Expand this circle of friends...
We are pleased to announce Camp Echo has been awarded a $10,000 challenge grant from the YMCA of the USA's Strategic Initiatives Fund. We will use this grant to match dollar for dollar your donations up to $10,000 for Camp Echo Scholarships for the summer of 2015. This is a great opportunity to make your donation go twice as far. 

These funds and the donations to match are earmarked to scholarship kids who are coming to Camp Echo for the very first time this summer. To make your donation you can mail a check payable to McGaw YMCA Camp Echo
mail it to:

Katie Trippi
McGaw YMCA Camp Echo
1000 Grove St
Evanston, IL 60201

Be sure to note "2015 scholarship challenge" in the memo section of your check. 

To make your donation by credit card click here

Camp Echo Master Plan Survey

Help us Design the Future of
 Camp Echo 

Camp Echo is in the process of developing a master plan for the our facility in Fremont, MI. This process will guide our facility enhancements and additions into the next generation of Camp Echo campers.


We are seeking the input of all Camp Echo constituents as we work through the master planning process, which will include focus groups, informational sessions, surveys, and more.


Please take a moment to complete the survey below and ask your camper(s) to complete the survey as well.

This month we begin our annual support drive to raise charitable funds needed to fund scholarships and keep the cost of camp affordable for all.




Join us for a Scholarship Fundraiser on Thursday, May 7, 2015    7:00 - 10:00 PM

Join us for an evening of fun and fundraising for Camp Echo Scholarships for the summer of 2015. Every dollar we raise will be matched dollar for dollar up to $10,000 by a grant from the YMCA of the USA's Strategic Initiatives Fund and will help kids who otherwise could not afford it to attend Camp Echo for the first time. 

You must be over 21 to attend this event.

Location: Mystic Celt, 3443 N. Southport, Chicago
Time: 7:00 - 10:00 PM
Date: Thursday, May 7, 2015

$20.00 wristband at the door, free beer, wine and light snacks. 

Food and Cocktails available for purchase. 

Spaces Still Available for Family Camp Weeks

You can have fun at camp with your whole family this summer.

Week 1 (Aug 16 - 22) Peak Cabins Available

Mini Week (Aug 22 - 26) Camper Cabins Available

Be sure to check your school calenders to see when you are able to join us. 


Contact Sarah Cort for more information 

This Month's Alumni News
1979 Family Camp Banana and Egg Competition

Alumni News for April 2015

John Alms (Camper: 70s)

Tom Engelhard (Family Campe:r 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and 00s)

Gemma Fairburn (Staff: 2006, 2007)

Ron and Barb Gibson (Staff, Family Camper: 60s, 70s)

Anne Johnson Gilford (Camper, Staff, Family Camper: 60s, 70s, 80s,and 90s)

Marc Morris (Camper and Staff: 80s and 90s)

Niki Pochopien Pappas (Staff Kid, Camper, Staff: 80s, 90s, and 00s)

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

1000 Grove St 

Evanston, IL 60201 

847-475-7400 X 226