Camp Four Echoes encompasses 212 wooded acres on the majestic shores of Lake Coeur d'Alene in Worley, Idaho. The original land (127.2 acres) was purchased in 1938 for $250 by the Spokane Central Lion’s Club. Since that time, we have been welcomed more than 34,000 girls to Camp Four Echoes to explore nature, have fun, build friendships and discover their independence and leadership qualities at this outdoor resident camp.
The original lodge was built in 1940 by the Lions Club and was the central gathering place for generations of girls. In the summer of 2010, Ed and Beatriz Schweitzer generously donated $3.4 million to rebuild the lodge that was in need of more than a mere facelift. It needed a complete rebuild. The new, magnificent lodge now stands where the old lodge was located, facing the lake for unmatched views and access to the waterfront.
The new lodge was unveiled as we launched the 2011 summer camp season and the next chapter of Camp Four Echoes' proud history. It is three times the size of the original lodge and boasts a state-of-the-art commercial kitchen, art and science rooms and a breathtaking view of Lake Coeur d'Alene from the dining room and terrace. The original fireplace was rebuilt at the base of the Tee pee camp sites and serves as a wonderful place for sing-a-longs by the fire!
For many decades, Sequoia was the only unit with permanent structures for sleeping—everyone else had platform tents. In 1996, the first cabin "prototype" went up in Singing Pines, followed by the remaining cabins in 1997. Now our six distinct living units consists of tee pees, traditional cabins, chalets, gazebos and tree houses and an overnight camping spot above Sky Meadow.
The first telephone came to camp in 1951. The equipment room in main camp, built in 1954, was originally a shower house. The new shower house in main camp was built in 1997 and the old concrete building started a new life as the Trading Post (camp store) until 2011 when the Trading Post moved into the new lodge. In the 60’s and 70’s, language units were very popular, with girls coming from around the country to learn Spanish and Japanese from the counselors.
Camp Four Echoes has been the summer home for generations of Girl Scouts who treasure this very special place. Mention the word “camp” to a Girl Scout and it conjures images of fun, friends, activities and some of the most memorable times girls have in their Girl Scouting journey. The Spokane Central Lions Club continues their financial and club support of GSEWNI and Camp Four Echoes with annual opening and closing camp celebrations and seasonal clean ups. The ongoing support of the Lions Club, donors, alumnae and event sponsors enable Camp Four Echoes to remain a treasured camp for Girl Scouts, women and visitors.
Mention Camp Four Echoes and you’ll be inviting stories from girls and women who have spent a part of their summer during the last 75 years at this amazing Girl Scout camp located at Windy Bay at Lake Coeur d’Alene in Worley, Idaho. Camp Four Echoes celebrated 75 years of delighting tens of thousands of girls in the summer of 2013.