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ECHO offers one-day and week-long science, stewardship, and design themed day camps during summer break and school vacation weeks.

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Campers are sucessful in their search for Champ

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ECHO Camp Scholarship

Printable Version of the ECHO Summer Camp Booklet

Campers greet a family of ducks on the WaterfrontWhat Happens at ECHO Camps?

ECHO Camps occupy that powerful place where passion for science and compassion for the earth meet to create an explosively-rich environment of excitement and learning. We insist that science is fun and that kids who love science, nature, and making things are the most awesome kids around. To some outsiders, it might seem that ECHO camps are just an excuse for our staff to hang out with the most interesting children in the Northeast, but insiders know that ECHO camps are a transformative experience that combine inquiry, creativity, and guided discovery to produce one of the most engaging camp experiences in Vermont.

A camper's diagram of the leap of the red-eyed tree frogSet against the backdrop of the bustling Burlington Waterfront, a day at ECHO camp can move from an impromptu, behind-the-scenes observation of ECHO's animal care activities to a lakeside game of Turtle Tag to an underwater robot-enabled search for Champ. We love kids who care, kids who imagine, kids who are different, kids who know more than us, and kids who are quietly brilliant. So what do these kids do at ECHO Camp? Take a look:

Video: 4th-5th Grade Camp’s Remotely Operated Underwater Vehicle Launch

Video: 3rd-5th Grade Camp’s Channel 5 News Piece

Campers dress-up for a stewardship-themed play

What Parents Are Saying

“We thought it was awesome that science camp was his favorite camp this year.”

“Quinn just told me ECHO camp, ‘is the most funnest camp in history.’ Thank you all!”

“Thank you SO much. Jamie had a great time and I felt that he was always in good hands with the talented staff. We plan to attend again next year. I have been telling others about your wonderful ECHO camp experience.”

"Sarah & I still talk about our trip to VT, it was a great experience. I'm going to use ECHO as a baseline to judge future summer camp experiences."

Campers dissect owl pellets

 

AfterCare

Aftercare is available until 5:00pm for $12/day.
Aftercare sign-up is done morning-of and must be paid in cash or check.


Vacation Camps

ECHO offers one-day and week-long science, stewardship, and design themed camps for children K - 5th grade during Vermont's October, December, February, March, and April school breaks. Check back this fall for a complete schedule.

 


Summer Camps

ECHO offers a selection of exciting week-long science, stewardship, and design themed day camps for children entering K-6th grade from late-June through late-August.

ECHO Camps run from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
AfterCare is available.

June 22 – June 26, 2015

Master Builders’ Workshop
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

Are you a born builder like Wyldstyle or da Vinci? From simple circuits to simple machines, discover new ways to bring inventions to life. We will experience cutting-edge DIY technology, such as 3D printers and laser cutters, create stop-motion animation videos, and create simple machine masterpieces.

Damsels in DesignDamsels in Design and Engineering (Girls Only Camp)
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

Helpless princesses are so once-upon-a-time. Harness your girl-power and break out your toolbox. Find a way for Rapunzel to get out of her tower. Help Little Red Riding Hood get her goodies to grannies’. Create a gadget-packed shoe to help Cinderella get away from the ball. Elsa built her own ice castle - so can you!

 

June 29 – July 2, 2015 (4-day camps)

Champ ParadeChamp Parade
Grades: Entering K

Is Champ friendly or fearsome? Have you ever seen him? During this adventure-fueled camp, children explore the wild animals of Lake Champlain while in hot pursuit of its resident lake monster. Investigate Champ sighting stories, build a giant Champ puppet, meet ECHO’s live animals, and use science to discover the truth. Are you a believer or skeptic?

Lego Robots Mission: Save the Lake
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

The Lake Champlain Watershed is in danger, but some missions are too dangerous for humankind. Using Lego Mindstorms, you and your team must build programmable Lego robots to save Lake Champlain. Campers will learn basic drag-and-drop programming and design robots using high-tech sensors and motors.

 

July 6 – July 10, 2015

Pirates, Mermaids, & Sea MonstersPirates, Mermaids, & Sea Monsters
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

Did pirates once terrorize our waterways? Are there such things as river mermaids? How many lake monsters live in Lake Champlain anyway? In this imaginative offering, experience high-sea-style fun while exploring the history and culture of Lake Champlain. Search for treasure in the depths of ECHO’s shipwreck, investigate mythical creatures, and make merry at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Arrrrrrr you in?

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Pirates, Mermaids, & Sea Monsters Camp

Capture the Castle
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

Experience the age of knights and castles while exploring medieval technology during this festive camp. Discover cannons and wooden ships at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum, practice the art of arrow making, and investigate bridge building. We will construct our own miniature catapults to take home.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Capture the Castle

 

July 13 – July 17, 2015

Bear Dens, Owl Nests, & Forest FortsBear Dens, Owl Nests, & Forest Forts
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

What kind of homes do our furry and feathered friends make? Children will learn about building from nature's best engineers, investigating beaver dams, fox burrows, and bird nests. Explore ECHO’s special exhibit Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl, build forts, and meet owls from Outreach for Earth Stewardship’s raptor rehabilitation program.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Bear Dens, Owl Nests, and Forest Forts


Wings: Falcons to F-16sWings: Falcons to F-16s
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

It’s a bird! It’s a plane! It’s ECHO Camp! From falcons to F-16s, this camp will explore human and avian flight. Explore the physics of flight, discover different birds of prey, and design and build kites and aircraft. Meet real live hawks and owls from Outreach for Earth Stewardship’s raptor rehabilitation program.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Wings: Falcons to F-16s

 

July 20 – July 24, 2015

Flap, Waddle, HopFlap, Waddle, Hop
Grades: Entering K

Do you love animals? Come explore the diverse world of animal movement during this fun-filled camp. Meet a snapping turtle and befriend a frog! Investigate a different animal group each day; come face-to-face with live animals from the reptile, amphibian, fish, mammal, and bird families.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Flap, Waddle Hop


Rock Collectors Camp
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

From curious crystals to awesome arrowheads, campers will uncover the exciting world of rocks and minerals. They will learn where to find different rocks in Vermont, discover their special properties, and explore their unique uses. Campers will also leave each day with a new rock for their home collections!

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Rock Collectors


July 27 – July 31, 2015

Master Builders’ Workshop
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

Are you a born builder like Wyldstyle or da Vinci? From simple circuits to simple machines, discover new ways to bring inventions to life. We will experience cutting-edge DIY technology, such as 3D printers and laser cutters, create stop-motion animation videos, and create our own simple machine masterpieces.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Masters Builders’ Workshop

DIY Makers: Arcade Artists
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

From cardboard pinball machines to LED circuits, campers will blend recycled materials and cutting-edge technology to design their own upcycled arcade games. We will explore laser cutters and 3D printers at one of Burlington’s emerging maker spaces and practice hands-on engineering skills.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for DIY Makers

 

August 3 – August 7, 2015

Pirates, Mermaids, & Sea MonstersPirates, Mermaids, & Sea Monsters
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

Did pirates once terrorize our waterways? Are there such things as river mermaids? How many lake monsters live in Lake Champlain anyway? In this imaginative offering, experience high-sea-style fun while exploring the history and culture of Lake Champlain. Search for treasure in the depths of ECHO’s shipwreck, investigate mythical creatures, and make merry at the Lake Champlain Maritime Museum. Arrrrrrr you in?

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Pirates, Mermaids, & Sea Monsters


App Stars: Mindstorms to Minecraft
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

Wanted: tech-savvy kids with a passion for the planet. Campers will explore the world of programming and circuitry in and outside of ECHO’s Lake Champlain Minecraft World. We will build Redstone circuits, program Lego Robots, and turn everyday objects into touch pads. We will also mingle with real app developers working in the field.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for App Stars

August 10 – August 14, 2015

Bear Dens, Owl Nests, & Forest FortsBear Dens, Owl Nests, & Forest Forts
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

What kind of homes do our furry and feathered friends make? Children will learn about building from nature's best engineers - investigate beaver dams, fox burrows, and bird nests. Explore ECHO’s special exhibit Smokey Bear & Woodsy Owl, build forts, and meet owls from Outreach for Earth Stewardship’s raptor rehabilitation program.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Bear Dens, Owl Nests, & Forest Forts


Go Viral! Wildlife VideographyGo Viral! Wildlife Videography
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

Did you see it? Look, over there! Equipped with tablets, Flip-cams, and green screen technology, campers will shoot and produce their own wildlife videos. Capture live animal footage, edit, and post short films to ECHO’s YouTube channel. Campers host a short film festival for family and friends at week’s end.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Go Viral! Wildlife Videography

 

August 17 – August 21, 2015

TurtlologyTurtlology
Grades: Entering 1st - 3rd

A snapping turtle’s bite is 9 times stronger than a human’s. Stinkpot turtles protect themselves by releasing a foul stench. Children will investigate a turtle from ECHO’s collection, video recording behavior, meeting turtles close-up, and becoming a resident expert. A special turtle reception will allow them to share their knowledge.

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Turtlology


Marine Biology Gets FreshMarine Biology Gets Fresh
Grades: Entering 3rd - 6th

Have you always dreamed about becoming a marine biologist? Your training starts now. Get up close and personal with ECHO’s live animals and learn what it takes to become a marine or freshwater biologist. Go behind the scenes at ECHO, meet real biologists, and study tidal animals in ECHO’s collection. Campers will head out on the lake in UVM’s Melosira Research Vessel to conduct their very own field study!

Member: $280
Non-member: $310
Register for Marine Biology Gets Fresh

 

August 24 – August 25, 2015 (2-day camp)

Potion & CharmsPotions & Charms
Grades: Entering 1st - 6th

Calling all wizards, witches, and would-be magicians. Earn your O.W.L.s during this two-day magic training camp. Explore the science of illusion and the magic of chemistry. Perform incredible levitation tricks and turn grape juice into lemonade. Unpack your wand, the witching hour is here.

Member: $120
Non-member: $130
Register for Potions & Charms


Summer Camp Deposit

A $140 (member) $170 (non-member) deposit is due upon registration. The remaining $140 balance will be due two weeks prior to the start of your camp. Your deposit will be less if you are registering for a 4-day camp. Your full fee is due upon registration if you are registering for the 2-day camp.

Summer Camp Refund Policy

Families who cancel two weeks prior to the start of their camp(s) will receive a refund less a $25 check processing fee. No refunds will be issued within two weeks of a camp’s start date. However, fees may be transferred in full to a future camp. Should ECHO need to cancel a camp for any reason, you will be notified and given a full refund. We are unable to prorate week-long camps due to planned or unexpected absences

Nina RidhibhinyoCamp Staff

Our stellar camp team is composed of year-round ECHO educators, seasonal staff with backgrounds in science and education, and members of ECHO's environmental teen leadership program. We believe the intimate, responsive atmosphere of our camps is what makes ECHO Camps a truly engaging experience. Therefore, we ensure a low instructor-to-child ratio of approximately 1:6. Past guest instructors have included scientists from UVM's Rubenstein Ecosystem Science Lab, members of ECHO's animal care team, WPTZ meteorologist Tom Messner, and robotic engineers from Greensea Systems Inc.

Meet Nina Ridhibhinyo, ECHO Camp Director

Nina Ridhibhinyo is in charge of ECHO's summer camps, overnights program and student summits. Prior to ECHO, Nina was a site leader for the Burlington Kids After School Program at Champlain Elementary, where she developed managed enrichment programming. She also overhauled out-of-school programming for the City of Winooski's Recreation Department, including their summer camp and after school programs. She has a ScB in Environmental Science from Brown University and experience launching a community garden, running a green jobs training program for high-risk teenagers, and teaching environmental stewardship to middle school students.

"It is my goal that every camper has a transformative experience at ECHO." -Nina Ridhibhinyo, ECHO Camp Director

Meet the 2015 Camp Counselors

 

ECHO Camp Scholarship

ECHO has limited scholarship funds available for those requiring financial assistance to participate in our camps.
ECHO Camp Scholarship Application available here.

 

Contact Information

Questions about camp: Nina at 1.802.864.1848 ext. 142, camps@echovermont.org

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