Echo Lake Camp

Online Registration is now available for Echo Lake Youth Camp

The City will run a new summer 2014 family camp option called Berkeley Sierra Family Camp at Echo Lake Camp. More information about this new program, as well as the other programs taking place at Echo Lake Camp this summer are below:

BELC: Lake View 2

BELC: Flyer 2014

 Click on flyer to see PDF.

Youth Camp (AGES 7-13)
Youth Camp is a five-day overnight summer camp available in three sessions. The goal of our staff is to create an exciting and nurturing environment where kids can develop self-confidence, teamwork, and try fun challenges. We want our youth to get a sense of connection with themselves, their friends, and the environment. Each cabin has a leader who emphasizes safety, leads recreational activities, and serves as a mentor. Daily activities include: canoeing, swimming, sports, all-camp games, fishing, archery, arts & crafts and hiking. In the evenings campers participate in events like a night hike, campfire, a dance, stargazing, or a talent show. Campers build fond memories and lasting friendships.

Transportation Provided
Supervised transportation for youth campers is provided. Pickup is at 8:00 AM on Monday in front of the Berkeley Unified School District, 2100 Martin Luther King Jr. Way, returning by 5:00 PM Friday, to the same location.





Counselors-in-Training for Youth Camp (AGES 14-15)
Our C.I.T. program provides a safe and structured environment for young teens to develop job skills, gain valuable experience, work and bond in a close-knit team, experience Echo Lake Camp from behind-the-scenes, and position themselves for possible employment at Echo. CIT Directors provide daily training and supervision, and the CITs spend several hours each day working with each staff member. With this rotation, the CITs are able to learn a variety of job skills and contribute more broadly to the camp’s success. CITs sleep in camper cabins, helping the counselors supervise the youth program.

Artists-in-Residence for Youth Camp
We encourage artists to apply for our Artist-in-Residence (A.I.R.) Program. The artist may stay for free in exchange for art-related classes for our campers. Classes will be held on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays from 9:30 AM to 12:30 PM. We are interested in artists who can help campers make crafts they can take home. We are also interested in artists who can teach drumming, theater, singing, martial arts, dance, or capoeira.

Berkeley City Council provides a limited number of camperships to low-income families (Berkeley residents only). Scholarships are available for all camps. Scholarships will reduce fees by 50%. Please submit the scholarship application prior to submitting the Echo Lake registration form. Please allow five business days for eligibility determination.

Refund Policy
All refund, change, and cancellation requests must be made in writing and sent to the City Of Berkeley Recreation Office, 1947 Center St. 1st Floor, Berkeley, CA 94704.

All requests for refund must be directed to the Recreation & Youth Services Manager. The original receipt must be submitted with a written request for refund. The request must state the reason for refund, date, time, and location of program.

Refund Policy: All refund requests are subject to a 25% administrative fee, not to exceed $150.00. Requests made less than 30 days prior to scheduled arrival are not eligible for a refund.

Changing Reservations: Changes resulting in a reduction of the reservation are subject to a $100 administrative service fee. No charges will be incurred for registration additions or extensions to your stay. Requests to reduce your stay or change your camp dates must be made at least 30 days prior to arrival date. Change requests made less than 30 days prior to arrival date are not eligible for a refund. Additions may be made less than 30 days in advance as space allows. Only the Head of Household may request a reservation change.

Cancellation Policy: Cancellations are subject to a 25% administrative fee, not to exceed $150.00. Cancellation requests made less than 30 days prior to scheduled arrival are not eligible for refund. Cancellation requests due to medical emergency or illness must be submitted in writing, accompanied by a doctor’s note, and received no later than 30 days following the scheduled date of attendance.

Late Fee: Reservations with unpaid balances at close of business day Thursday, May 1, 2014 are subject to a $75.00 late fee.




Camps Unit, 1947 Center Street, 1st floor, Berkeley, CA 94704
TEL: (510) 981-5140, TDD: (510) 981-6903, FAX: (510) 981-5160
Office Hours: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Winter Hours (December - February) Mon-Fri, 8:30am-4:30pm
See Holiday and Reduced Service Day Schedule