Camp Chickami: A Typical Day | West Suburban YMCA

Camp Chickami

Sample Daily Schedule


Morning Camper Care

Arrive early and spend time with other campers and the awesome Chickami staff!


Campers Arrive

Gather with your group on the Front Lawn for attendance.


Morning Assembly

Gather with the camp to raise the flag, sing songs, and hear announcements.


Morning Period 1 - Nature


Morning Period 2 - Swim


Morning Period 3 - Speedball


Morning Period 4 - Team Building at Ropes Course



1:00pm Choice Period 1 - Archery

Choice Period 2 - Live Action Role Playing (LARP)


Choice Period 3 - Four Square


Afternoon Assembly

Assemble with the rest of the camp for daily recaps, special announcements, and even more singing!



Head home on a bus or with your family!


Afternoon Camper Care

Stay until 6:00pm, playing cool games and exploring camp!


Camp Activities

Activities are how we fill our time at Camp Chickami! With guidance from our experienced Activity Specialists, campers will have fun trying new things, honing their skills and embracing their creativity.

  • Archery - Led by a USA Archery certified instructor, our Archery activities focus on safety, proper handling of equipment, and respect for both people and tools. All participants learn about parts of the bow, archery range commands, and proper form before taking turns at hitting one of our 4’ targets. 
  • Arts & Crafts - Arts & Crafts is the ultimate camp classic. Lanyards, friendship bracelets, dreamcatchers, tie-dye, and stick-boats—Camp Chickami does it all; but what’s truly unique about Chickami Crafts is how simple ideas are elevated by imagination.
  • Challenge Course - The Challenge Course at Camp Chickami is comprised of 15 different elements (8 high, 7 low) built at ground level and high in the trees. The course is designed to be a progressive experience, so that as our campers grow, the course grows with them. Our goal is to build camper confidence and self-assuredness through personal challenge and skills mastery; and to encourage team-work and communication along the way. Our certified staff ensure the utmost fun, growth and safety for all.
  • Leagues - Few other camps do Leagues like Camp Chickami. Flexible, inclusive, and wild, campers from every unit and group are invited to sign up. Leagues run for two weeks at a time (Session 1-2, 3-4, 5-6, & 7-8) and alternate between a variety of classic challenges: World Cup, Wiffle Ball, Basketball, Flag Football, Olympics, and more!
  • Nature - With our Nature Specialist, campers learn the tenets of “leave no trace,” explore the delicate balance of freshwater and forest biomes, and grow a healthy respect and appreciation for nature. At Chickami, we believe the best way to get to know nature is to get a little muddy.
  • Swimming - As part of the YMCA’s summer camp movement, we are dedicated to teaching our campers valuable life skills. Swim lessons have been part of the Y’s mission for more than a hundred years; and at Camp Chickami, we continue to work toward a safe water experience for all. Our campers, through their Oak and Cedar summers, receive swim lessons four times a week. With free-swim Fridays and open swim during afternoon electives, there’s plenty of time to cool off in the water. 

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