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ECHO offers the opportunity for groups of children to spend a night at the aquarium! "Snuggle in" and learn more about the frogs, fish and fossils!

2015 Scout Overnights*

Girl Scouts-Only Overnight

Saturday April 11 - Sunday April 12 (Brownies & Juniors), 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Saturday May 2 - Sunday May 3 (Cadettes & Seniors), 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 a.m.
Saturday June 6 - Sunday June 7 (Brownies & Juniors), 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 a.m.

Spend the night at ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center for a special Girls Scouts-Only Overnight. ECHO is a LEED certified freshwater aquarium that is home to over 70 species of live animals and 100 interactive exhibits located on Burlington’s historic waterfront. Our overnight program includes access to our permanent and special exhibits, a live animal demonstration, and two "It's Your Planet - Love It!" hands-on workshops. Whether visiting the Ben and Jerry’s Factory in Waterbury or the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne, an ECHO Overnight can serve as the perfect anchor for your den’s Northern Vermont adventure.

Registration for these events is through your Girl Scouts Council

* These programs requires a minimum of 40 registrants to run. If the minimum is not met, registrants will be notified three weeks in advance and be issued a full refund.


Sleep next to your classmates and friends in our unique exhibit areas.What Happens

Groups arrive after ECHO has closed to the public and have exclusive access to our exhibit halls. Afterwards, the evening’s scheduled activities begin with a whole-group welcome presentation. Small groups then rotate between a series of 2 hands-on workshops, with a break for an evening snack.

At 11:15 p.m., participants will set-up their sleeping bags for lights-out at 11:30 p.m. Following a light breakfast the next morning, the groups have additional time to explore ECHO and purchase souvenirs from our gift shop before departure at 9:00 a.m.

What’s Included:

  • Private access to ECHO’s exhibits
  • Live animal demonstrations
  • 2 exciting, hands-on workshops
  • Evening snack
  • Unique camp-in experience in our LEED certified museum
  • Light breakfast
  • ECHO Overnights patch


ECHO Overnights are intended for supervised groups of 2nd-8th graders. We require a chaperone-to-child ratio of 1:7. For additional information and specials for your specific group, please see below:

School Groups: ECHO will subsidize 1 student for every 7 students registered.

Scout Groups: ECHO is happy to tailor program activities to support individual troops’ badge-related goals.

Other Youth Groups: ECHO is the perfect venue for orientations and end-of-year celebrations.


$40/person for groups of 40-100 (ECHO will work to pair small groups together in order to help them meet the minimum group size)


$1550 flat rate for groups fewer than 40

Booking Your Overnight

Overnights are booked Thursday–Saturday throughout the school year. Call 802.864.1848 ext 142 or email to inquire about availability.

Share this information: view/download our Overnights Brochure.

Chaperone Overnights Manual

Medical & Liability Release Form

Explore ECHO's exhibits during our evening activities and Scavenger Hunt

Sample Schedule

6:30 p.m. - Check-in/Free Exploration of Museum

7:00 p.m. - Welcome/Live Animal Demo

7:45 p.m. - First Activity Rotation

8:45 p.m. - Snack

9:15 p.m. - Second Activity Rotation

11:15 p.m. - Set-up for Sleep

11:30 p.m. - Lights-out

6:30 a.m. - Wake-up/Pack-up

7:00 a.m. - Breakfast

7:30 a.m. - Free Exploration of Museum/Gift Shop

9:00 a.m. - Departure

Frequently Asked Questions

Is every overnight the same?
No. Programming will vary by group age and interest.

When is payment due?
Payment is due 2 wks prior to your program date.

Due chaperones participate for free?
Due to space limitations and materials costs, chaperones are charged at the same rate as child participants.

What is the difference between a chaperone and group leader?
Chaperones are responsible for staying with their groups at all times, supervising their members’ behavior, keeping their group on schedule, and familiarizing themselves with all Overnights safety protocols. Group leaders serve as the primary contact for their entire group and are responsible for communicating logistical information with ECHO and disseminating pre-program information to all their adult chaperones.

Who can participate?
Supervised groups of 2nd-8th graders composed of 40-100 people (includes chaperones at a required ratio of 1:7). Groups fewer than 40 can book an overnight at a flat rate of $1550. Alternately, ECHO will assist small groups in seeking out joint reservations with other groups.

What should participants bring?
Participates should bring a sleeping bag, pillow, camping pad, flashlight, toothbrush/toothpaste, any medications, and clothes to sleep in (many participant choose to wear layers and sleep in light clothing rather than changing into pajamas).

Can I bring an air mattress?
Due to space limitations, we ask that participants refrain from bringing air mattresses except if needed for medical reasons.

What items should I leave at home?
Tents, hair dryers, electronic devices, valuables, drugs, and alcohol.

What are the Overnight Program hours?
Overnights begin at 6:30 p.m. and end at 9:00 a.m. the following day. The full group should arrive by 7:00 p.m., when the doors will be locked.

Can I park overnight at ECHO, and how much does it cost?
Parking is available in the ECHO parking lot for free.

Where do I go when I arrive?
Groups should enter through ECHO’s main entrance, which faces College St.

Is food included in the Overnight Program?
ECHO will provide an evening snack and light breakfast.

What if my group would like to eat dinner at ECHO?
If your group is planning to eat dinner at ECHO, please plan on arriving promptly at 6:00 p.m. so that you have sufficient time to eat prior to the Welcome Presentation at 7:15 p.m.

Will my group earn a Scout badge?
ECHO is happy to tailor activities to meet the individual badge goals of Scout groups. Please contact the Group Programs Coordinator at 802.864.1848 ext 142 or to discuss your group’s specific objectives.

Where do we sleep?
Program participants sleep in pre-designated spaces among ECHO’s exhibits and in its classroom spaces.

When is lights out?
11:30 p.m.

Does it get dark after the lights go out?
Safety lights will be kept on following lights out, so it will never be completely dark.

Will the gift shop be open?
The gift shop will open early at 8:00 a.m.

Will our group have exclusive access to ECHO?
ECHO reserves the right to book additional groups until our maximum group size it met.

Can I buy dinner through ECHO?
Groups that are traveling a long distance and would like help arranging dinner, should contact the Group Programs Coordinator at 802.864.1848 ext 142 or . These groups should plan on arriving promptly at 6:00 p.m. so that you have sufficient time to eat prior to the Welcome Presentation at 7:15 p.m.

Are sleeping quarters divided by gender?
It depends on the group. Male chaperones for Girl Scout groups are housed with ECHO staff members in an area separate from the group. Middle School students are also separated by gender.


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