Echo Hill Camp

Echo Hill Camp Echo Hill Camp is a sleep-away summer camp for boys & girls, ages 7-16 on the Chesapeake Bay. We offer watersports, art, nature activities and landsports!
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Echo Hill Camp is a sleep-away summer camp for 145 boys and girls, ages 7-16. We are dedicated to helping children have a happy, exciting and meaningful experience while they build self-confidence and gain respect for themselves and others in a safe and nurturing environment. We strive to provide an atmosphere conducive to the creative expression of self where a child may seek to acquire new physical and artistic skills. The imagination and creativity of the children and staff are the only limits to the variety of the program. We offer a wide range of traditional activities which are taught based on each child’s health, safety and individual needs. We hope that we will see you this summer.

05/29/2020
Our staff in the kitchen work so very hard and are dedicated to serving the best meals possible.  We are a little biased...
05/28/2020

Our staff in the kitchen work so very hard and are dedicated to serving the best meals possible. We are a little biased but we think we have the best food EVER! What is your favorite meal at camp?

Meet Sydney & Grace!Sydney was a camper for 8 years and was a first year staff member last summer.  Sydney is a devoted ...
05/27/2020

Meet Sydney & Grace!

Sydney was a camper for 8 years and was a first year staff member last summer. Sydney is a devoted Hobie Cat sailor.

Pete asks: What is something you have done that no one else on staff has done?
Sydney: I have had the chicken pox

Pete asks: What’s your favorite spot on camp?
Sydney: My favorite spot at camp is on the bluff late in the afternoon when the breeze is just right while watching the sun set

Grace was a 6 year camper and was also a counselor for the first time last year. Grace can be found on both land and water in the summer teaching sailing and landsports

Pete asks: What is something you have done that no one else on staff has done?
Grace: I have swam with sharks off of Nantucket

Pete asks: What’s your favorite spot on camp?
Grace: My favorite spot is on the beach when the sun is setting.

Crab season is starting to pick up here on the Eastern Shore and we're pretty excited about it.  How many of you picked ...
05/26/2020

Crab season is starting to pick up here on the Eastern Shore and we're pretty excited about it. How many of you picked your first crab at camp?

05/25/2020
05/22/2020
Outdoor Insiders Episode 12: Exploring the history and plants of the EHOS spring with James

Hope and history spring eternal at our Echo Hill onsite natural spring, where habitat for unique plants like Jack-in-the-Pulpit are created by the wet conditions. In this episode, EHOS will take a look at some signs that Native Americans used this spring, and try some fun spring-related activities at home.

At-Home Activities:
DO: Find a water bottle and look on the label to see where the water comes from. Is the source a spring? Is it located near you?
DISCOVER: What other plants have "pitchers" like a jack-in-the-pulpit? How are they similar or different?

Watch on Youtube: https://youtu.be/pcim3_Nkrs4

Hope and history spring eternal at our EHOS onsite natural spring, where unique plants like Jack-in-the-Pulpit are created by the wet conditions. Take a look...

05/21/2020
Celebrating our Seniors: Athletic Commitment Letter Signing

Senior Spotlight! 👩🏻‍🎓🥳🤩🙌🏼

Staff member Grace Holmes is headed to Guilford College in the fall. Guilford has the hearts of many Echo Hill alumni (including me). Way to go Grace and goooooo Quakers!

Seniors! Tag me in your senior spotlights or message me so we can celebrate you!

On May 15, 2020, we got together virtually to celebrate Grace Holmes, Michael Nickerson, and Jackson Talbott as they signed their ceremonial letters of inten...

Meet Bailey & Ned! Bailey was a camper for ELEVEN years. 11! She will be a second year staff member and teaches it up in...
05/18/2020

Meet Bailey & Ned! Bailey was a camper for ELEVEN years. 11! She will be a second year staff member and teaches it up in the Art Center. Ned was a camper for 8 summers. This will be Ned's second summer teaching kids how to sail on the Bay.

Pete asks: What is something you have done that no one else on staff has done?
Bailey: I have ridden a sting ray.
Pete asks: What’s your favorite spot on camp?
Bailey: The Bluff.

Pete asks: What is something you have done that no one else on staff has done?
Ned: I've eaten dinner next to Harrison Ford.
Pete asks: What’s your favorite spot on camp?
Ned: My favorite place on camp is the beach, especially on a windy day.

05/17/2020
Outdoor Insiders EP 10— What Makes a Fish a Fish with Capt. Andy

Watch Captain Andy as he welcomes us on board the "Spirit" to look at eels, catfish and pumpkinseeds and discuss what about them makes them a fish. With Outdoor Insiders you can learn along at home with these activities:
DISCOVER: look up all the names of the different fins on a fish, find out what humans and fish have in common, see how water gets oxygen in it for fish to breathe and DO: draw a picture of a fish with all their fins and label them. Watch on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/4HY9N-k2gsY

Capt. Andy explores the parts of a fish that make it unique, from gills to fins, by observing catfish, eel and pumpkinseeds in this lesson onboard the workbo...

Would you rather pick every single meal or never have to biddy?
05/16/2020

Would you rather pick every single meal or never have to biddy?

Throwback to springs on camp. Pete and granddaughter Annie. Photo taken by Jim Stone in 2013. #throwbackthursday
05/14/2020

Throwback to springs on camp. Pete and granddaughter Annie. Photo taken by Jim Stone in 2013. #throwbackthursday

Ultimate Frisbee is one of our most popular activities at Echo Hill Camp. Every summer we honor and remember Tim Brierle...
05/13/2020

Ultimate Frisbee is one of our most popular activities at Echo Hill Camp. Every summer we honor and remember Tim Brierley with a camp wide Frisbee tournament. It is hands down one of the most favorite days of the summer. What teams have you been on?

Who wants their design idea on the Summer 2020 T-Shirt?! Submit a design to katie@echohillcamp.com for a chance to win! ...
05/12/2020

Who wants their design idea on the Summer 2020 T-Shirt?! Submit a design to [email protected] for a chance to win! #tshirttuesday

Meet Will Grimes & Taylor Barkdoll! This picture was taken during the Evening activity, Counselor Hunt this summer! Can ...
05/11/2020

Meet Will Grimes & Taylor Barkdoll! This picture was taken during the Evening activity, Counselor Hunt this summer! Can you guess where their "super secret" spot was?

Will Grimes was a camper for four years and this will be his fifth year on staff. Will is an avid sailing teacher!

Pete asks: What is something you have done that no one else on staff has done?
Will: I was on good morning America with my tent.

Pete asks: What’s your favorite spot on camp?
Will: My favorite spot at camp is being out on the water.

Taylor was a 7 year camper, and this will be her 2nd year on staff. Taylor is our IS (instructional swim) Director and teaches sailing as well.

Pete asks: What is something you have done that no one else on staff has done?
Taylor: Moved around the country 10 times.

Pete asks: What’s your favorite spot on camp?
Taylor: My favorite spot is on the Bluff when the sun is setting.

05/09/2020
Outdoor Insiders EP 9: Exploring a Native American wigwam with Ian

Join Capt. Ian on Outside Insiders, as he previews the NEW Echo Hill Outdoor School wigwam, constructed for the Early American Site on campus. Wigwams and similar dwelling structures were normally built in spring, when saplings were easy to bend and use in construction. Learn along at home with activities that help you discover more about how and why Chesapeake Native Americans built their houses!

Activities:
DISCOVER— research different structures built and used by Native Americans across the United States. How were they similar or different to the EHOS wigwam?
DETERMINE— Research how long wigwam structures would have lasted. Why do you think they were built to last (or not)?

Watch on Youtube here: https://youtu.be/cM0Vu6liFIU

Preview the new Echo Hill Outdoor School wigwam, constructed for the Early American Site on campus. Wigwams and similar dwelling structures were normally bui...

Echo Hill has 350 acres of preserved swamp. It is one of the most peaceful locations on our campus and we are pretty pro...
05/08/2020

Echo Hill has 350 acres of preserved swamp. It is one of the most peaceful locations on our campus and we are pretty proud of it! We walk on it, we scanoe through it and we walk in it!

Camp trivia question: What was the name of the company that mined for peat moss in the swamp?

Time to put your Echo Hill knowledge to the test on this fine #throwbackthursday! How many privy stalls are on the Echo ...
05/07/2020

Time to put your Echo Hill knowledge to the test on this fine #throwbackthursday!

How many privy stalls are on the Echo Hill Campus?? READY, SET, GO!

#tht

Watch the nighttime skies this week! Have you noticed how clear and gorgeous the nighttime sky has been lately?! It's so...
05/06/2020
The Next Full Moon Is a "Supermoon" Flower Moon – NASA Solar System Exploration

Watch the nighttime skies this week! Have you noticed how clear and gorgeous the nighttime sky has been lately?! It's so clear and the stars seems sooo close, even with the supermoon approaching. Check it out if you haven't!

The "Flower Moon" is the last in a series of four supermoons. According to The Farmers Almanac, as the full Moon in May and the second full Moon of spring, the Algonquin tribes of what is now the northeastern United States called this the Flower Moon, for the flowers that are abundant this time of year.

More solar system exploration in this article from NASA! https://solarsystem.nasa.gov/news/1220/the-next-full-moon-is-a-supermoon-flower-moon/

The next full Moon will be on on Thursday morning, May 7. It's the last in a series of four "supermoons."

Meet Nick Siegel & Will Gorman! Is this not one of the most epic pictures of summer 2019?! Nick Siegel spent 8 summers a...
05/05/2020

Meet Nick Siegel & Will Gorman! Is this not one of the most epic pictures of summer 2019?!

Nick Siegel spent 8 summers as a camper and this summer will be his 4th summer on staff. Nick teaches sailing on the Sunfish, Lasers and Hobie Cats.

Pete asks: What is something you have done that no one else on staff has done?
Nick: I’ll have to get back to you on that one.

Pete asks: What’s your favorite spot on camp? My favorite spot on camp is on a boat in the middle of the bay.

Will spent 8 years as a camper and this will be his second year on staff. He is our WBA Director and teaches sailing and land sports as well.

Pete asks: What is something you have done that no one else on staff has done?
Will: I have road-tripped from the southern edge of California to the Northern.
Pete asks: What’s your favorite spot on camp?
Will: My favorite spot on camp is definitely the swamp.

#meetourstaffmonday #msm

Throwback Thursday #tbh #echohillcamp #1955
04/30/2020

Throwback Thursday #tbh #echohillcamp #1955

Swamp Mucking has been a long standing tradition at Echo Hill. Where else can you walk through an actual swamp!?! Do you...
04/29/2020

Swamp Mucking has been a long standing tradition at Echo Hill. Where else can you walk through an actual swamp!?!

Do you remember your first time stepping into the cold waters of Echo Hill swamp water? Or jumping into mother muck?

It's T-Shirt Tuesday! Show us a picture of you wearing your favorite Camp t-shirt and post in the comments! #tshirttuesd...
04/28/2020

It's T-Shirt Tuesday! Show us a picture of you wearing your favorite Camp t-shirt and post in the comments! #tshirttuesday #echohillcamp

Meet Mitchell & Evan. These two besties have been a solid addition to Echo Hill for many moons. Mitchell was a camper fo...
04/27/2020

Meet Mitchell & Evan. These two besties have been a solid addition to Echo Hill for many moons.

Mitchell was a camper for 7 years and has spent 5 summers on staff. He will be an Assistant Director this summer! Mitchell's favorite activities to teach are swamp canoe, woods hikes, land sports, pellets, and anything unusual like mystery tours to Coulbys farm/Betterton Beach or digging a hole with a ton of people.

Pete asks: What is something you have done that no one else on staff has done?
Mitchell: I've driven an army tank around, shot a flamethrower, and fed a giraffe and ostrich all in one day.

Pete asks: What’s your favorite spot on camp?
Mitchell: My favorite spot on camp is the overnight spot at sunset and a close second is on the swamp canoe deep in the swamp.

Evan was a camper for 9 years and has been on staff for 4 summers. His favorite activity to teach is waterbasketball. The job as lifeguard/referee is important for many reasons, spanning from general safety to witty in-game commentary. The Water Basketball Association (a.k.a Waah Baaah) is one camp’s many great traditions and its truly a treat to watch a whole season unfold from the floating dock.

Pete asks: What is something you have done that no one else on staff has done?
Evan: I don’t think anyone else has fit 84 grapes in their mouths.

Pete asks: What’s your favorite spot on camp?
Evan: My favorite spot on camp, hands down, has to be the landsports box, it’s really just impressive how many landsports Pete was able to stuff into one box! A national treasure for sure ...

04/25/2020
Outdoor Insiders Episode 6: Exploring Erosion at the EHOS Bluff with Jake

Check out the new video series our friends over at Echo Hill Outdoor School are putting together so you can enjoy the outdoors at home!

Outdoor Insiders - Exploring Erosion with Jake - Watch the next Outdoor Insiders episode where we will explore erosion and wave action along our Chesapeake Bay bluff with staff naturalist Jake! 🌊

https://youtu.be/UyMuvYWqIic

Learn about how sediment layers, revealed by erosion, can tell a BIG story with staff naturalist Jake at the EHOS Chesapeake Bay bluff.

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations! At Echo Hill, earth day is every day! We live in nature, respec...
04/22/2020

Today is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day celebrations!

At Echo Hill, earth day is every day! We live in nature, respect her and honor her during all hours of the day. Mother Earth provides us with incredible sunsets, a piece of land that is ideal for summer fun, nightly stargazing, and beautiful storms.

During Dell, we sit for a few hours among the trees in peace and quiet. One of our favorite things to "do" in Dell while we contemplate all things life & camp, is to use what is around us to create fairy houses. So today, go outside and create a Dell Fairy Home, in your backyard. Take a pic and post in the comments or send us an email! Today, think of camp, thank mother earth and relish in her beauty.

04/21/2020
Meet Hannah & Zach! Our marvelous longtime Assistant Directors and Ski Directing Queen & King! Hannah was a camper for 3...
04/20/2020

Meet Hannah & Zach! Our marvelous longtime Assistant Directors and Ski Directing Queen & King!

Hannah was a camper for 3 summers and 12 years as a counselor.
Pete asks: What is something you have done that no one else on staff has done?
Hannah: I’ve gone kneeboarding with Pete during dip.
Pete asks: What’s your favorite spot on camp?
Hannah: The waterfront :)

Zach spent 5 years as a camper and last summer was year ten on staff (woah!)
Pete asks: What is something you have done that no one else on staff has done?
Zach: I’ve waterskied from Still Pond all the way back to Camp.
Pete asks: What’s your favorite spot on camp?
Zach: The Bluff at sunset 🌅

#meetourstaffmonday #echohillcamp

This week on Outdoor Insiders, James is headed out to the swamp today to explore decomposition — and collecting methane ...
04/19/2020

This week on Outdoor Insiders, James is headed out to the swamp today to explore decomposition — and collecting methane to make a SWAMP BOMB!

Watch on youtube here: https://youtu.be/2wq3RY_hJeU

Outdoor Insiders at home can get into the action with these activities:

1. Find an example of decomposition in your home!
2. Does anything in your house use flammable gas? What things can you list that use flammable gas to work?

Let's play a classic camp game ... WOULD YOU RATHER!  Would you rather have privies and showers for every staff cleanup ...
04/18/2020

Let's play a classic camp game ... WOULD YOU RATHER!

Would you rather have privies and showers for every staff cleanup or dump a pitcher of bug juice on your head every morning?

NBB is putting a lot of thought into this one...

Our local hospital is the UM Medical Center at Chestertown, formerly known as Chester River Hospital. The hospital staff...
04/17/2020

Our local hospital is the UM Medical Center at Chestertown, formerly known as Chester River Hospital. The hospital staff has taken care of hundreds of campers for as long as Camp has been in operation. Today, like medical staff all over the world, they are battling COVID-19. Let's give a huge shout out to our local nurses, doctors and medical staff for their hard work and sacrifice and for always being there for Echo Hill Camp! Your service to the community is always appreciated. THANK YOU!

Photo credit: Chester River Health Foundation

Memory quilts are the coolest way to repurpose those well-loved Camp T-shirts! Sophie and Sydney recently sent me pictur...
04/14/2020

Memory quilts are the coolest way to repurpose those well-loved Camp T-shirts! Sophie and Sydney recently sent me pictures of their memory quilts and we just had to share. Do you have one? Please post yours in the comments, we would love to see them!

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Echo Hill Camp is a sleep-away summer camp for 150 boys and girls, ages 7-16. We are dedicated to helping children have a happy, exciting and meaningful experience while they build self-confidence and gain respect for themselves and others in a safe and nurturing environment. We strive to provide an atmosphere conducive to the creative expression of self where a child may seek to acquire new physical and artistic skills. The imagination and creativity of the children and staff are the only limits to the variety of the program. We offer a wide range of traditional activities which are taught based on each child’s health, safety and individual needs. We hope that we will see you this summer.

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Picture this, you are surrounded by 160 of your favorite people, while sitting on your favorite Dell blanket. The Chesapeake Bay breeze is rustling the leaves above your head, your thoughts are pondering over your latest edition of "top 10 ...something" and then you hear the first few notes of Wagon Wheel play... Sing along with Carter and Amy's sweet Wagon Wheel rendition.