Camp Chickami | West Suburban YMCA

Day Camp in Wayland, MA

Camp Chickami

Grades 1-10 / Ages 6-15

Summer after summer, Chickami campers build meaningful relationships, learn new skills and discover their most authentic selves through creative play and enjoyment of nature on our beautiful 22 acres of wooded land in Wayland, MA. The camp was founded in 1955 and has been owned and operated by the West Suburban YMCA since.

Camp Chickami At-a-Glance

Camper Ages:

Ages 6-14  (Grades 1-9)

Leaders- in-Training (LIT) Program:

Ages 15 or Entering Grade 10 | 2-week minimum required

Camp Hours:

9:00 am - 4:00 pm | Monday through Friday

Extended Care:

AM Care at the Y | 7:00-8:00 am | $50 per session

AM Care at Chickami | 8:00-9:00 am | $50 per session

PM Care at the Y | 5:00-6:00 pm | $50 per session

PM Care at Chickami | 4:00-6:00 pm | $100 per session

Financial Assistance:

Available - Download Financial Assistance Application to Apply for reduced Session Fees

Counselor-to-Camper Ratios:

Under 7 years: 1 Staff to 5 Campers

7-8 years: 1 Staff to 8 Campers

9-15 years: 1 Staff to 10 Campers

Swim Lessons:

Daily swim lessons and free swim time are included

Bus Transportation:

Available from various stops in Newton

Camp Chickami 2018 Session Dates

Campers (Ages 6-14) Leaders-in Training (LIT) (Age 15)

Opening Week A

Camp Pikati Only

June 18 - June 22  

Opening Week B

June 25 - June 29


Session 1

July 2 - July 6

(camp does not run on July 4)

Session 1 July 2 - July 13

Session 2

July 9 - July 13

Session 3

July 16 - July 20

Session 2 July 16 - July 27

Session 4

July 23 - July 27

Session 5

July 30 - August 3

Session 3 July 30 - August 10

Session 6

August 6- August 10

Session 7

August 13 - August 17

Session 4 August 13 - August 24

Session 8

August 20 - August 24

Closing Week

August 27 - August 31



2018 Camp Chickami Rates per session


Camper Rates

LIT Rates

Family Member:  $349.00 $590.00
Youth Member: $386.00 $650.00
Community Member: $399.00 $690.00

Bus: $80.00 

(Camper 1 week)


(LIT 2 weeks)

Extended Care - Additional Fees per session

AM Care at WSYMCA:  7am - 8am $50.00
AM Care at Chickami:   8am - 9am $50.00
PM Care at WSYMCA:  5pm - 6pm  $50.00
PM Care at Chickami  4pm - 6pm  $100.00


Support Camp at the Y!

The West Suburban YMCA is passionate about keeping our doors (and cabins and pools and lakes) open to everyone, regardless of their financial means, year round. In 2017, over 180 campers received assistance to experience the magic of summer camp, when their families might not have been able to otherwise afford it.

Please consider donating to the Y to help even more kids have the best summer ever! To make a gift online, click on the Donate to the Y button and specify "Summer Camp" in the "Let us know why you support the Y" section of the online donation form.

To learn more about how you can support the Y and our camps, please contact our Director of Development, Sara Pollock DeMedeiros, at or 617-244-6050 ex. 3099.

For more information on Camp Chickami, Camp Pikati and Camp Frank A. Day, please contact the Y's Camping Services Branch at 617-244-6050 x3008 or

New! Online Camp Store

Introducing a new way to buy your favorite camp merchandise... the WSYMCA Camp Merchandise Store!

Registration for 2018

Online Registration for summer camps is open! Sign up for Camp Chickami, Camp Pikati and/or Camp Frank A. Day before sessions sell out.

Request for Information

Financial Aid Application

To apply for Financial Assistance for Membership, Programs, Child Care and Camps, download this application and return to Kristen Hydinger in the Finance Department at the Y.

Recently on Facebook