I consider myself very fortunate to spend my summers at Camp Laurel on Echo Lake. I remember thinking the name of the lake was something really special my first summer. Many of my favorite camp memories are traced back to the time spent in the water: jumping on the trampoline, passing a level in swim and waterskiing for the first time all rush through my head.
As I look back on those memories they come into a greater focus. I can picture one of my favorite counselors giving me instructions from the boat while I put on my skis. I can hear the lifeguard reminding my friends and I of the waterfront rules while she strapped on my life vest. I still feel nostalgic about getting out of the lake for the last time as a camper, wishing I had one more summer with the friends I grew up with.
It’s only in looking back now that I realize the magic of Echo Lake is tied to the people as much as it is to the location. The waterski counselors were so excited when I first got up skis. My friends and counselors were always ready to have a great time. As a counselor now, it’s through that lens that I’m reminded of the magic of Echo Lake.
Going to camp in Maine means spending your summer on an incredible lake. Maine lakes are among the cleanest, biggest and most beautiful in the country.
At Camp Laurel, we are fortunate to be situated on Echo lake, which is 9 miles around and a mile wide.
Echo Lake is home to Camp Laurel and two other camps — Vega and Winnebago. We are part of the Echo Lake Association and take an active role in keeping the quality of the lake extraordinarily high. We are also part of the 30-mile Watershed Association, which monitors the activity of the 7 interconnected lakes around Readfield, Maine.
Every water sport is available to our campers:. Swimming, fishing, canoeing, kayaking, stand-up paddling, sailing, waterskiing – and campers take advantage of the lake every day. Many – multiple times per day.
Many camps around the country have pools – but very few private camps in Maine have them. They’re not necessary because of the quality of our lakes. It’s been said that because Echo Lake is so clear – you can play cards at the bottom.
While we love all the activities and programs at camp – we particularly love the beauty and recreational opportunities that Echo Lake affords all of us.
We know the emotions are running high today…and will be tonight. It’s time for last family meals, lots of stories, some nerves and great, fun dreams of a summer that kicks off tomorrow. We have been busy preparing since last August. Camp looks beautiful: our facilities are in top shape, the lake has warmed to its June temperature and the cabins are set. Mostly, our staff are eagerly and anxiously awaiting the arrival of our campers.
We understand the angst of our new campers…and we are ready for them! We couldn’t be more prepared, more excited, more energized and more enthusiastic about what’s to come.