ECHO (Experience Connections by Heading Outdoors) participants head off Ithaca's campus and into the great outdoors for an overnight camping experience along the beautiful Finger Lakes Trail. Campers are assigned to small groups led by two ECHO Jumpstart Leaders and have the opportunity to sleep in tents, prepare their own food, connect with peers, and participate in activities led by students, faculty, and staff.
No camping or hiking experience is required, and most equipment is provided. However, participants must provide their own sleeping bag and personal belonging bag. Whether you have never been hiking or have been lost in the wilderness for days, ECHO is for you!
During ECHO, participants will:
- Use basic outdoor adventure skills to manage a campsite, cook meals, build camp fires, and safely enjoy nature
- Learn how to incorporate the Leave No Trace theory into their daily routine and future outdoor pursuits
- Participate in a reflection labyrinth and meaningful small-group discussion opportunities
- Meet new friends and form a lasting connection to the beautiful natural environment around IC