FAQs

Where is Camp Echo Lake located?

Camp Echo Lake is situated on 150 acres of pine forest in Warrensburg, NY, just 10 minutes north of Lake George in the heart of the Adirondack Mountains. The camp is only an hour north of Albany, three and a half hours north of NYC and two and a half hours south of Montreal.

What is the camper enrollment at Camp Echo Lake?

Approximately 500 campers attend Echo Lake each summer.

What is the age range of the campers?

Our Main Village (which is divided into Boys Main Village and Girls Main Village) is comprised of campers entering grades 3-7.

Our Senior Village is comprised of boys and girls entering grades 8-10.

Our LITs (Leaders-In-Training) are entering 11th grade, and live together in Main Village.

Where do most of the campers come from?

The majority of our campers come from the Northeastern United States; however, we have campers attending Echo Lake from California, Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, North Carolina, Canada and other parts of the world.

How many staff members are there at Camp Echo Lake and what is the ratio of staff to campers?

Echo Lake’s summer staff consists of over 250 people, with a ratio of approximately one staff member for every two-three campers.

What is the makeup of the staff at Camp Echo Lake?

The average age of our staff members is 22-yrs old. In a typical summer, the staff is made up of approximately 50% returnees and 50% new hires.

How does Camp Echo Lake go about hiring staff members?

In addition to contacting numerous colleges and universities, Echo Lake visits websites in North America and internationally recognized counselor exchange programs to find new staff members each year. Only the best candidates are selected after a rigorous screening process and a personal interview.

How long is the Echo Lake summer program, and what specific activities are offered to campers?

Visit our Programs & Activities page.

What are the facilities like at Echo Lake?

Visit our Facilities & Virtual Tour page.

What is the daily schedule like at Echo Lake?

Although our daily schedule varies slightly based on the day of the week and certain special events, a typical day looks something like this…

7:30am – Wake-up

8:00am – Breakfast

9:00am – Morning Lineup

9:30am – 1st Activity

10:30am – 2nd Activity

11:30am – 3rd Activity

12:30pm – Lunch

1:00pm – Rest Hour

2:00pm – 4th Activity

3:00pm – 5th Activity

3:45pm – Snack

4:00pm – 5th Activity

5:00pm – Free Play & Showers

5:30pm – Evening Lineup

6:00pm – Dinner

7:30pm – Evening Activity

8:15pm – Canteen Snack

10:00pm – Evening Transition & Camper Lights-Out

1:00am – Staff Sign-In / Curfew

What are the living accommodations like at Echo Lake?

Housing at camp is simple, but comfortable. We have wood frame cabins with indoor plumbing and electricity, and the cabins have ceiling fans as well. Shower houses with individual private showers are located in close proximity to each bunk. Each camper and staff member has their own bed and cubbies.

How many campers/staff members live in each bunk?

Approximately 8-12 campers, and 3-4 staff members, live community style with an emphasis on shared experience. The staff members play a key role in creating a “summer home” environment.

What is the “Time-Off” schedule like for Echo Lake staff members?

Our staff members work extremely hard at camp, so we understand how important it is to give you the time to relax, recharge and regain perspective. In addition to a fun Staff Recreation program (basketball league, bowling night, pool parties, dodgeball tournaments, movie nights and spa event), we have a staff lounge called “The Rox,” which has Internet access, computers, phones, TV, a pool table and vending machines.

With regard to time off, staff members receive one period off per day, plus evenings free from 10:00pm – 1:00am every night (except 1-2 nights per week). Staff members also receive one day off per week (approximately 30 hours). We do everything possible to help staff members receive enough time to recharge, so that they stay healthy, happy and ready to work.

What are some other staff responsibilities at Echo Lake?

One night per week, staff members are asked to stay in camp and be “on-duty” (O.D.) from 10:00pm until 1:00am. This is our way of keeping camp safe at night as you oversee 1-2 cabins as the campers get settled in, and ready for bed.

How do Non-U.S./Non-Canadian or Foreign Staff apply to work at Echo Lake?

Potential overseas staff applicants can apply directly on our website.