Summer Camps | West Suburban YMCA

Best Summer Ever!

Summer Camps

Camping has been at the heart of the Y’s mission for over a century. We offer three summer camps – Camp Pikati, Camp Chickami and Camp Frank A. Day – that keep kids engaged and safe all summer long, while creating friendships that can last a lifetime. 

Summer Camp & Covid-19

In 2020, despite challenges, we operated a safe, successful, and fun camp season for hundreds of children at our day camps - Camp Pikati and Camp Chickami. We redesigned our programs and updated our facilities to ensure the health and safety of our campers and staff.  In 2021, we anticipate operating in a similar manner to 2020, with a focus on the health and safety of our camp community. Some ways we mitigate risk:

  • Daily health screenings
  • Staggered and contactless drop off/pick up
  • Operating a “closed” camp
  • Camper cohorts 
  • Modified activities
  • Face coverings & other PPE
  • Emphasis on hand hygiene
  • Frequent cleaning & disinfecting

2020: A Summer Like No Other

The spirit of camp was not just alive but thriving at the Y this summer despite a worldwide pandemic. Our phenomenal team provided hundreds of kids at Camp Pikati and Camp Chickami the summer experience they desperately needed following a difficult spring.

So what does summer camp during a pandemic look like?
Extensive planning and re-planning, tons of safely distanced fun, an enormous amount of creativity and flexibility, lots of hand washing, countless thumbs up and air fives, many a cannonball into the pool, a fair amount of "Hey - mask!" reminders, the occasional sweet treat, so much laughing and smizing, plenty of sanitizer, and zero outbreaks.

But most of all, it just looks like summer camp... kids having fun outside, running, jumping, splashing, laughing, playing, making memories with friends.

Thank you to all the parents who trusted us to provide a safe and fun summer for your children. Thank you to our campers who adapted remarkably well to new camp rules and protocols like mask wearing (some adults should take note!). And thank you to our incredible camp staff, proving themselves to be rock stars again and again while giving kids the best summer ever, pandemic style!

We hope to see you again next summer, whatever that may look like!

View the 2020 Summer Camp Photo Album

About YMCA Summer Camps

Give your kids a life-changing summer experience! Our summer camps have inspired kids with countless opportunities to laugh, lead and make lasting friendships. Together, our proven programs and trained counselors deliver meaningful and memorable camp experiences that keep families coming back year after year after year.

Our Day Camps - Camp Pikati and Camp Chickami -  welcome all kids to discover who they are and imagine who they can be, with programs that foster lifelong skills, build self-confidence and create lasting friendships.

Our Overnight Camp, Camp Frank A. Day, encourages and empowers young people with the life-changing experiences necessary to grow as individuals, friends and leaders.

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

2021 Summer Camp Registration

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2021 Camp Brochure

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