What Happens at Overnights?
Groups arrive after ECHO has closed to the public and have exclusive access to our exhibit halls. The evening’s scheduled activities begin with a whole-group welcome presentation. Small groups then rotate between a series of 2 hands-on workshops, a live animal demonstration, with a break for an evening snack.
At 10:45 p.m., participants will set-up their sleeping bags for lights-out. 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.
- 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
Who are Overnights for?
.ECHO offers the opportunity for groups of children to spend a night at the museum! “Snuggle in” and learn more about the frogs, fish and fossils! ECHO Overnights are intended for supervised groups of 2nd-8th graders froms schools, scout groups, and other youth groups. We require a chaperone-to-child ratio of 1:7. Overnights are offered on week days as well as weekends. ECHO is the perfect venue for orientations and end-of-year celebrations. We are happy to tailor program activities to support individual troops’ badge-related goals.
$43/person for groups of 30-100 (ECHO will work to pair small groups together in order to help them meet the minimum group size) or $1290 flat rate for groups fewer than 30.
These programs requires a minimum of 30 registrants to run. If the minimum is not met, registrants will be notified three weeks in advance and be issued a full refund.
Girl Scouts-Only Overnight
Spend the night at ECHO, Leahy Center for Lake Champlain for a special Girls Scouts-Only Overnight. ECHO is a LEED certified science and nature center that is home to more than 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 troop’s Northern Vermont adventure.
To register for the Girl Scouts-Only Overnight, contact email@example.com or call (888) 474-8696.
Cub Scouts-Only Overnight
Spend the night at ECHO Leahy Center for Lake Champlain for a special Cub Scouts-Only Overnight. ECHO is a LEED certified science and nature center that is home to more than 70 species of live animals and 100 interactive exhibits located on Burlington’s historic waterfront. The Cub Scouts-Only overnight program includes access to our permanent and special exhibits, a live animal demonstration, and two hands-on workshops. Specially tailored workshops and self-guided scavenger hunts fulfill requirements towards badges. 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.
To register for the Cub Scouts-Only Overnight, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
|6:30 p.m.||Check-in/Free Exploration of Museum|
|7:10 p.m.||Welcome/Live Animal Demo|
|7:40 p.m.||First Activity Rotation|
|9:00 p.m.||Second Activity Rotation|
|9:50 p.m.||Third Activity Rotation|
|10:40 p.m.||Set-up for Sleep|
|8:00 a.m.||Free Exploration of Museum/Gift Shop|
No. Programming will vary by group age and interest.
Payment is due 2 weeks prior to your program date.
Due to space limitations and materials costs, chaperones are charged at the same rate as child participants.
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.
Supervised groups of 2nd-8th graders composed of 30-100 people (includes chaperones at a required ratio of 1:7). Groups fewer than 30 can book an overnight at a flat rate of $1290. ECHO will assist small groups in seeking out joint reservations with other groups.
Participants 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).
Due to space limitations, we ask that participants refrain from bringing air mattresses except if needed for medical reasons.
Tents, hair dryers, electronic devices, valuables, drugs, and alcohol.
Parking is available in the ECHO parking lot.
Groups should enter through ECHO’s main entrance, which faces College St.
ECHO will provide an evening snack and light breakfast.
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.
ECHO is happy to tailor activities to meet the individual badge goals of Scout groups. Please us to discuss your group’s specific objectives.
Program participants sleep in pre-designated spaces among ECHO’s exhibits and in its classroom spaces.
Safety lights will be kept on following lights out, so it will never be completely dark.
The gift shop will open early at 8:00 a.m.
ECHO reserves the right to book additional groups until our maximum group size it met.
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.