1) Thank You to our year-round show runners. Thank you for working tirelessly year-round to help prepare and organize for the summer, as well as spending countless hours during camp to make the summer special for every camper at Echo Hill. Your hard work and dedication is appreciated by all who you impact.
2) Thank You Dolly Harris and land occupants of generations past: Echo Hill Camp is located on a truly special piece of land in Maryland. We are able to explore the swamp, sail on the bay, and hike in the woods all in the span of a day. For this, we want to thank Dolly Harris for graciously letting us spend summers on her land, as well as the past inhabitants for keeping the land in such great shape for so many years.
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With the season of giving upon us, we here at Echo Hill want to give thanks to the people and things that bring us so much joy during the summer as well as the rest of the year as a whole. We may not be able to sing “We Love You…” a la Bye Bye Birdie from over the internet, but we hope this post provides the same heartfelt thanks nonetheless.
3) Thank You to our summer staff. From the camp counselors to the dedicated kitchen staff, we admire your hard work to make the day-to-day schedule of camp exciting and vibrant. It is easy to see the pride you take in your work and we are thankful for your passion and creativity.
4) Thank You to our longevity. It is a somewhat known fact that in the summer of 2014 we celebrated Echo Hill Camp’s 100th summer. It is a rare feat to see an institution like a summer camp age with such grace while maintaining an omnipresent zest for excitement and adventure. We want to thank everyone who passed through Echo Hill during its time in business, including the three generations (so far) of Rice’s who have had a hand in affecting and improving camp. Thanks to you, Echo Hill’s fire of life is burning strong.
5) Thank You to the campers! Last but certainly not least, we are thankful for Echo Hill Campers, without whom none of this would be possible. Every summer the children of Echo Hill breathe unique and vivacious life into our slice of Maryland heaven. Your experience each summer makes it all worthwhile.
We hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
We have become so accustomed to the fast paced world we live in that many of us have forgotten how different life was 10 years ago. Everyone is interconnected now. We all have cell phones and we can access information in seconds. Need to change plans? No worries! Just get in touch with your friends and shift things around a little. Can't think of that actor in that movie? It's OK! Just take out your phone and look it up. Oh how easy life is. And remember life before we had cell phones? It was VERY difficult, right? ...right?
But we here at Echo Hill know that all of us have experienced that day; the day where you are in a rush and leave your cell phone behind. You first think of all the things that you wont be able to do. You feel lost. You feel dependent. You then think, "how did we ever exist without cell phones?!" But then something amazing happens. You continue your day. You forget about your little lifeline to the world. You don't check your email, your facebook, your twitter. You start to walk slower and look around instead of at the device in your hands. You also start to notice how many people are plugged into to these devices around you. It's a great feeling. But for many of us born well before the boom of cell phones we remember the days prior to their invention. We can feel nostalgic.
Now...wouldn't that be REALLY amazing. Possibly more amazing then those little devices?
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Many summer camps are designed with this in mind. Campers experience life in its most natural form. The stresses caused by misplacing your cell phone are not because you can no longer use it...It's because everyone else can. It's the feeling of being left out. No longer able to keep up. At summer camps all across world, administrators are banning cell phones because they can see the change in their campers. The stress that mobile devices cause can only be seen when they are eliminated. Now, don't get us wrong. Cell phones are here to stay because there is a lot of good that comes from them. But we here at Echo Hill Camp believe that any youngster growing up should be given the opportunity to set aside technology for a bit and grow to appreciate the little things before its too late. We believe that all kids should get a chance to experience summer camp and all the good that is proven to come with it.
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