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

Set 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.

General Info

AFTERCARE: Aftercare is available until 5 pm for $12/day. Check out each camp for the online sign-up link to register for aftercare.

CAMP SCHOLARSHIPS: ECHO has limited scholarship funds available for those requiring financial assistance to participate in our camps. Click here to apply.

CAMP FAMILY HANDBOOK
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CONTACT: Call Caroline at (802) 864-1848 x134
or email camps@echovermont.org.

Camp 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, and robotic engineers from Greensea Systems Inc.

February Vacation Camp

Note: If a camp is full below, feel free to sign up for our waitlist.

Monday-Friday, February 24-28, 2020
8:30 am-3 pm*
Grades: K-5th
Member: $60/day
Non-Member: $65/day
REGISTER HERE! (Note: Thursday and Friday are sold out. You can still register for the remaining days by clicking “show individual events” on the registration page.)

*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

Young wizards are sure to have a magical time in this exciting new camp! We’ll explore the science behind the ‘magic’ of potion making, levitation and making objects disappear. Group games and challenges help make this magical camp a week to remember.

Please note: Internet Explorer is not supported by our registration system. Our system supports Chrome, Safari, Firefox.

March Vacation Camp

Note: If a camp is full below, feel free to sign up for our waitlist.

Blue Morpho butterflyMonday-Tuesday, March 2-3, 2020
8:30 am-3 pm*
Grades: K-5th
Member: $60/day
Non-Member: $65/day
REGISTER HERE!
*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

What makes a butterfly a butterfly? What’s the story behind those beautiful colors? Come learn all about the weird and wonderful insects that are visiting ECHO.

Please note: Internet Explorer is not supported by our registration system. Our system supports Chrome, Safari, Firefox.

April Vacation Camp

Note: If a camp is full below, feel free to sign up for our waitlist.

Monday-Friday, April 20-24
8:30 am-3 pm*
Grades: K-5th
Member: $60/day
Non-Member: $65/day
REGISTER HERE!
*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

Journey out of this world as we investigate the science of space with exciting engineering design challenges. We’ll learn about the universe around us by exploring planets, gravity, and what happens when you enter the vacuum of space. 

Please note: Internet Explorer is not supported by our registration system. Our system supports Chrome, Safari, Firefox.

Summer Camps

ECHO offers a selection of exciting week-long science, stewardship, and design themed day camps for children entering 1st-6th grade from late-June through late-August. Note: If a camp is full below, feel free to sign up for our waitlist.

Summer Camp Deposit

If you choose the partial payment option, your $75 deposit payment secures your camper a spot in the camp you have registered for; however, if you do not pay in full before June 1st, the spot will reopen and you will no longer be guaranteed a space in that camp. ECHO Staff will send reminder emails with instructions on how to complete your payment.

Summer Camp Refund Policy

Families who cancel four 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 four 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.

Turtles and Frogs

Monday – Friday, June 15 – 19
8:30 am-3 pm*
Entering Grades: 1st-3rd
Member: $300/week
Non-Member: $325/week
REGISTER HERE!
*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

Dive in and explore the lives of the frogs and turtles that live in the Lake Champlain Basin. We’ll investigate the life cycles, adaptations and habitats of these amazing animals. Campers will also take on engineering challenges to help out these native species.

Minecrafters

Monday – Friday, June 22 – 26
8:30 am-3 pm*
Entering Grades: 3rd-6th
Member: $300/week
Non-Member: $325/week
REGISTER HERE!
*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

Get into Adventure Mode during this hands-on Minecraft camp. Each day, we will tackle a new engineering challenge inside and out of the Minecraft universe. We’ll design and craft real siege weapons, rockets, ziplines, and more—all while conquering team challenges in themed Minecraft Adventure Maps.

Soar

Monday – Friday, June 29-July 3
8:30 am-3 pm*
Entering Grades: 3rd-6th
Member: $300/week
Non-Member: $325/week
REGISTER HERE!
*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

It’s a bird… it’s a plane… it’s a firework! We’ll explore the skies this week as we build up to a day of rocket launching to celebrate the 4th of July. Come learn about the gravity-defying feat of flight and the science behind exploring stars.

Magic of Science

Monday – Friday, July 6 – 10
8:30 am-3 pm*
Entering Grades: 1st-3rd
Member: $300/week
Non-Member: $325/week
REGISTER HERE!
*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

Young wizards are sure to have a magical time in this exciting new camp! Explore the science behind the ‘magic’ of potion making, levitation and making objects disappear. Group games and challenges help make this magical camp a week to remember.

Lake Engineers

Monday – Friday, July 13-17
8:30 am-3 pm*
Entering Grades: 3rd-6th
Member: $300/week
Non-Member: $325/week
REGISTER HERE!
*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

Have you ever wondered what goes on in the underwater world of Lake Champlain? Join us for a week of investigation! We’ll talk about what scientists know about our lake and how they learn about it. We’ll also get our hands wet as we engineer creative solutions to challenges facing the lake today.

LEGO Challenge

Monday – Friday, July 20-24
8:30 am-3 pm*
Entering Grades: 1st-3rd
Member: $300/week
Non-Member: $325/week
REGISTER HERE!
*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

Level up your engineering skills in a week filled with LEGO brick challenges. Who can build the fastest vehicle at the track? How about a tower than can withstand an earthquake? We’ll explore simple machines, physics and more in this camp for young builders.

Robotics 101

Monday – Friday, July 27-31
8:30 am-3 pm*
Entering Grades: 3rd-6th
Member: $300/week
Non-Member: $325/week
REGISTER HERE!
*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

Learn to code with ECHO’s suite of robots. Explore different kinds of sensors, run your own programs, and practice coding different kinds of bots. Campers will face a series of challenges throughout the week that will hone their skills and introduce them to the wonders of coding!

Pirates, Mermaids and Sea Monsters!

Monday – Friday, August 3-7
8:30 am-3 pm*
Entering Grades: 1st-3rd
Member: $300/week
Non-Member: $325/week
REGISTER HERE!
*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

Ahoy, matey! Did you know Lake Champlain was once a salty sea? In this imaginative offering, campers will experience high-seas adventure while exploring ECHO’s model shipwreck, searching for treasure on the waterfront,designing our own version of a merperson and hunting for Champ in the Lake. Arrrr you ready for fun?

STEMpowered

Monday – Friday, August 10-14
8:30 am-3 pm*
Entering Grades: 3rd-6th
Member: $300/week
Non-Member: $325/week
REGISTER HERE!
*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

Calling all Rosie Revere fans! This ECHO Camp is open to all girls and gender non-conforming youth. We’ll learn about the awesome ways that diversity has made science stronger and that women in STEM have changed the world. Join us for a week of hands-on engineering activities, science experiments, and more!

Science Superstars

Monday – Friday, August 17-21
8:30 am-3 pm*
Entering Grades: 1st-3rd
Member: $300/week
Non-Member: $325/week
REGISTER HERE!
*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

Campers will run exciting experiments, build crazy contraptions, and practice their STEM skills. Get ready for play, discovery, and awesome science!

Dinosaurs!

Monday – Friday, August 24-28
8:30 am-3 pm*
Entering Grades: 1st-3rd
Member: $300/week
Non-Member: $325/week
REGISTER HERE!
*Aftercare available until 5 pm for $12/day. Sign up for Aftercare here.

Let’s dig deep into the pre-historic world of dinosaurs. How did they live? What happened to them? Are there still dino descendents on Earth today? These are just a few of the ideas we’ll explore in this one of a kind camp.

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