FAQ for Parents
If you have any other questions, thoughts or concerns about our program please feel free to call us at 410-348-5303.
If you would like more information, please fill out this Information Request form.
Echo Hill Camp is owned and operated by the Peter Rice family. Peter Rice, Jr., is the Camp Director and owner. Peter has over forty years experience in the fields of camping and education. He is the founder and director of the Echo Hill Outdoor School which is an environmental school located on the Echo Hill campus. The Rice family has been involved in children’s camping since the 1940’s. Peter’s father, Peter, Sr., was the principal of Sidwell Friends Lower School in Washington D.C. and Peter’s mother, Pauline, also worked at Sidwell before founding the Reading Center in Bethesda, Maryland. Pauline ran the camp tutoring program for many years. Peter’s brother, Terry, is a member of Echo Hill Outdoor School’s Board of Directors, is a partner in the accounting firm of Birks and Rice and is the camp Treasurer.
Yes. As an accredited camp member of the American Camp Association, Echo Hill Camp is visited periodically by officially trained and certified camp inspectors for the purpose of verifying our continued compliance with the American Camp Association’s Camping Standards in the areas of personnel, program, administration, site and facilities, health, sanitation, safety and transportation. We are proud to say that we receive a score of 100% with every visit!
Yes. We are inspected every summer and hold a current Youth Camp Certificate issued by the Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene.
Yes. We are inspected frequently by the Kent County Department of Health.
No. The Bay in our area is fed by clean, fresh water rivers such as the Sassafras and the Elk. Jellyfish prefer water with a higher salt content and are therefore rarely seen. The Kent County Department of Health test our drinking water and the Bay water at least once per week.
There is no uniform, but a list of suggested clothing accompanies the application.
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Parents may visit on one of the following change over days: July 6th & 7th, 20th & 21st and August 3rd & 4th. Driving on the campus to deliver and to pick up a camper’s belongings is permitted only on the first and last days of a camper’s stay. On visiting days, please park your car in the Driftwood parking lot.
Care packages that contain food are limited to one per session. For example, if your child is here for a 2 week session they are allowed 1 care package with treats during that time. If your child is here for 4 weeks, then you can send 2 care packages that contain treats. The amount of food you send in the package should be just enough for every camper in your child's tent to enjoy a small treat in one 10-minute sitting, with no left overs. If there are left overs your child will not be able to save it to eat later. You are more than welcome to send packages that contain magazines, books, crosswords, card games, clothing, etc. We do not have a limit on the number of packages of this type that you can send your child. Regardless of whether you are sending food or not, your child will open ALL packages addressed to them in the office under the supervision of a staff member. All food from care packages must be eaten on the lawn, in one sitting, outside the main office. The campers may not bring ANY food to the living area. Please inform relatives and friends about this policy as their packages must meet this limited food requirement as well. Please do not to send your child anything on our "Do Not Bring The Following" list, which you can find on our website.