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McGaw YMCA Camp Echo Alumni News: July, 2015
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Camp Director's News
Tramel Familly Archery Pavilion
4th of July at Camp
Paddle Boarding at Echo
Join us for Family Camp
Camper Cabin Upgrades
July 2015 Alumni News
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Greetings from Camp Echo


Camp Echo Summer 2015 is in full swing! The sounds of laughter and camp songs fill the air. It is a joy to witness another generation of campers experiencing achievement, building lifelong friendships, and gaining a sense of belonging at Camp Echo. We continue to emphasize these aspects of youth development with staff and campers' parents comment on the growth and maturity they notice when their campers return home.


We build strong character and values though intentional and time-tested programming like Olympics and camptivities. The heart and soul of these program elements, and many others, have not changed much over the years. But the culture outside of camp has changed in dramatic ways. As a result, summer camp is now one of the only opportunities for children to spend time to unplug from technology, gain a passion for nature and an outdoor lifestyle, and build relationships with one another which will one day shape the leadership of our communities. No doubt about it, we are doing important youth development work and we are having fun doing it.

Together we are so much more.




With more

Spirit - Mind - Body,


Bernard Rocca

Camp Echo Branch Executive Director


Tramel Family Archery Pavilion Ribbon Cutting

Echo Staff welcomes Archery Upgrade
Bill Tramel and his family, sons Charles and Kenneth, and daughter Janet, grandchildren Andrew and Alex, have attended family camp at Camp Echo every summer since 1959. Archery is one of the activities that they love the most. Friendly archery competition between family members has built fond memories and strong bonds for three generations of their family. This spring the Tramel Family made a gift to Camp Echo to cover the cost of building a covered Archery Pavilion with improved storage and seating. The campers are enjoying their new program facility built by the Camp Echo Prroperty Managers and volunteers. Bill Tramel, pictured at the top right, was in attendance for the ribbon cutting which took place during staff training in June. His entire family will return for Labor Day Family Camp in September. 

Tramel Family Archery Pavilion

Camp Echo 4th of July Celebration

Camp Echo and Camp Pinewood Celebrate Together 

Each year Camp Echo invites YMCA Camp Pinewood to join us for our fireworks on the Fourth of July. This year 90 Camp Pinewood campers and staff joined 300 Echo campers and staff and watched our 45 minute fireworks display. Neighbors around the lake enjoyed the show as well. Great Job Camp Echo Fireworks Crew!!


Building Friendships through Paddle Boarding

Stand Up Paddle Boarding is a new activity at Camp Echo this summer.  Generous donors have donated enough money for us to purchase 5 paddle boards and paddles. We would love to purchase 8 more so that an entire cabin could paddle together. A donation of $650 will get us another board and paddle. Click Here to make an online donation and select the Capital Building Fund, 

or contact  Katie Trippi for more information.
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 

Camper Cabin Interior Improvements:

We are totally updating and upgrading the interiors of our camper cabins. So far we have completed three of the cabins on the hill: Fremont, Dugdale, and Featherstone Lodges were completed in time for campers this spring. You can help us upgrade the next fifteen cabins by adopting a cabin and funding the improvements. Cabins can be adopted by individuals, families, alumni groups, anyone can band together to improve these cabins. Your support will ensure the well being of campers and staff for years and years to come! Let us know if you would like to help finance the upgrade for your favorite cabin. Contact Katie Trippi.

Interior improvements include:
  • light colored epoxy coating on floors
  • reconstructed wooden bunks and cubbies
  • recessed ceiling lighting
  • new windows and doors
  • electric heaters with digital fire flames
  • natural wood fireplace mantels
  • expanded front porches 

This Month's Alumni News
2015 Camp Echo Staff

Alumni News for July 2015

Vivian Bianchi Sherman (Camper, 90s; Staff, 00s)

Tom Burke (Camper, 80s & 90s; Staff, 90's & 00s)

Mike (Mikey) Byer (Camper, 90s; Staff, 00s)

Bob Ettinger (Camper, 80's & 90's; Staff, 90's & 00s)

Sara Fiore McCartin (Camper, 90s; Staff, 90s & 00s)

Christie Lombardi Powell (Camper 90s; Staff, 00s)

Dan Turek (Camper 70s; Staff, 80s & 00s & 10s)

Ben Woods (staff, 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

3782 S. Triangle Trail

Fremont, MI 49412