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Beech Cliff from Echo Docks
Platform Tents Dot the Woods
Summitting one of the bald peaks of Mount Desert
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Sailboats Pass the Dining Hall

Welcome to Echo Lake Camp

We are so glad you are considering Echo Lake Camp for your next vacation. Here, on the quiet side of Mount Desert Island, in the heart of Acadia National Park, you will find a rare meeting of mountains and ocean that offers dramatic vistas and unbeatable hiking. This lakefront camp in Mount Desert, Maine, is an exceptional vacation spot amid this spectacular scenery.

2017 Availability as of July 28, 2017

Week 4: July 22 - July 29Available
Week 5: July 29 - August 5Available
Week 6: August 5 - August 12Not Available
Week 7: August 12 - August 19Not Available
Week 8: August 19 - August 26Not Available
Week 9: August 26 - September 2Available

Aubrey Jameson Bart

It is with very heavy hearts that we announce that Aubrey Bart lost his battle with cancer on Sunday, April 16, 2017. Aubrey was the loyal bus driver for Echo Lake Camp for over 25 years, but more than that he was a friend and an encourager and loved by each person who rode his bus all those years. Aubrey was a precious gift to the ELC community and he will be deeply missed. He will forever be part of the Echo family.

Aubrey Jameson Bart, age 67, died on Sunday, April 16, 2017, in Bar Harbor, Maine.

Born in Baltimore, Maryland on June 9, 1949, to Olive Mildred Rowe and Charles Edward Smith, his given name was William “Bill” Charles Smith. In 1981 he changed his name to Aubrey (King of the Elves) Jameson Bart. After a childhood of much mischief, including summer visits with cousins in the country and hopping freights, he went on to graduate from Randolph Macon College in 1971, with a B.A. in History, which he claimed was “useless in the marketplace.”

When asked to describe his career, Aubrey admitted to “working odd jobs to support a writing habit.” Right through to the end he kept up a daily routine of writing, yoga, and meditation. Naturally a quiet man, who loved animals and nature, Aubrey was considered a good listener by many people. His open-mindedness and poetic sensibilities made him appreciate the rich variety of characters and stories he witnessed. One of the places closest to his heart was New Orleans. His work in the French Quarter as a taxi driver, street sweep, and bartender at the Napoleon House, gave him an insider’s view from which to write his extraordinary novel, The Bluesiana Snake Festival, (2010, Counterpoint Press).

The other place he loved most was Mount Desert Island, Maine, where he moved in 1984. Although as a child Aubrey had preferred a long walk to school to avoid the bus, he became many people’s favorite bus driver. He drove for schools on Mount Desert Island, the YMCA, and for the Island Explorer. However, Aubrey’s biggest fan base was from the Appalachian Mountain Club’s camp at Echo Lake. All summer, for nearly three decades, Aubrey drove hundreds of AMC campers to their hike leaders’ choice of a trail in Acadia National Park, often hiked with them, and then drove them back to camp. He also loved to hike with his daughter Gaia and his son John.

Aubrey is survived by his daughter Gaia Diedricksen of Bernard, Maine, his son John Bart of Bar Harbor, Maine, his brother Mike Smith of Hanover, PA, and his nieces Rachel Rang and Sarah Getchell.

In his last four months of valiant struggle with cancer Aubrey enjoyed the loving care and help from so many people it would fill the page, but in particularly the family is grateful for the kindness, patience, and skill of the nurses from Sonagee, Hospice, and MDI Hospital. Aubrey was given generous financial support by the Common Good Soup Kitchen, where he volunteered for years, and by hundreds of friends and neighbors through a GoFundMe fundraiser, for which he was most grateful. “I love everybody,” he often said.

Donations in Aubrey’s memory may be paid to the Common Good Soup Kitchen, P.O. Box 265, Southwest Harbor, ME, 04679, or the Beth C. Wright Cancer Resource Center, P.O. Box 322, 23 Commerce Park, Ellsworth, ME 04605, or the “Gaia and John Fund,” Bar Harbor Banking & Trust, P.O. Box 400, Bar Harbor, ME 04606.

April 17, 2017

Tom Wilson, Sr.

The world lost a wonderful man this week and a huge part of the Echo community. Tom Wilson, Sr. passed away peacefully on Feb. 25, 2017. We send our love to all the Wilsons as they lay him to rest and say goodbye on Saturday, March 4th. Thank you Tom for all the years of fun and dedicated leadership you gave to Echo. You will be greatly missed.

Obituary of Tom Wilson Sr.

March 3, 2017

Echo Lake Camp has added an additional week to the 2017 season!

ELC has some exciting news for 2017! Mount Desert Island starts coming alive very early and is in full swing by the middle of June. And as many "regulars" know, each week at camp is full and there is a long list of people on the waiting list each summer. With both of these in mind, Echo Lake Camp has added a week and will run a 10 week season beginning June 24 through Sept 2. How exciting that more campers will be able to experience the magic of Echo Lake! Even better, for this first year the Camp Committee is offering a discount of $100 per person on rates for that new week, June 24-July 1. This means a family of 4 can save $400! Discount will be applied to your bill at the end of your stay.

If you have any questions, please contact the managers Elly and Scott Preston at [email protected] Below are the dates for the 2017 season. Registration opens January 3rd. Click here for registration information

So as to not confuse things, the week numbers that have been used in the past (i.e. week 1, week 2...) will NOT change. For now we will call this new week WEEK 0.

ELC 2017 Season Dates:

June 24 - July 1 **discount this week of $100 per person, applied at the end of stay
July 1 - July 8
July 8 - July 15
July 15 - July 22
July 22 - July 29
July 29 - Aug 5
Aug 5 - Aug 12
Aug 12 - Aug 19
Aug 19 - Aug 26
Aug 26 - Sept 2

Meet the New Managers of Echo Lake Camp

We are pleased to announce that Elly and Scott Preston will be the new managers at Echo Lake Camp, beginning the summer of 2016. Elly is a croo alumnus and daughter of Banathlon co-founder Bart Franey. Among their many adventures together, they are the founders of Elly Preston Jewelry, a custom jewelry design and fashion company. They are also the proud parents of Harrison (14) and Roxy (12).

February 3, 2015

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