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 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


Ages 6-15  (Grades 1-10)​

Leaders- in-Training (LITs):

2-week minimum required

Ages 15 or Entering Grade 10​ 

Camp Hours:

Monday through Friday

9:00 am - 4:00 pm

Extended Care:

AM Care at the Y | 7:00-8:00 am

AM Care at Chickami | 8:00-9:00 am

PM Care at the Y | 5:00-6:00 pm

PM Care at Chickami | 4:00-6:00 pm 

Financial Assistance:

Submit our 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:

$85 Campers | $110 LITs

Available from various stops in Newton

Ben Kaloupek

Camp Chickami Director

After working seasonally at Camp Chickami for the previous 12 summers, Ben joined the full-time Y staff in October 2018 as Camp Chickami Director. In this role, Ben works to ensure that Chickami offers the same safe, creative, and engaging programming that it has for over 60 years. After receiving a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology and Education from Northeastern University, Ben worked two years as a paraprofessional at the Heath School in Brookline. He holds a License in Elementary Education in the state of Massachusetts and brings his passion for education and development to all the participants of Chickami every summer.

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

Best Summer Ever!

View photos from 2019 at Camp Chickami, Camp Pikati and Camp Frank A. Day.

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