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Camp Chickami

Frequently Asked Questions

Where is Camp Chickami located?

What is a typical day at camp like?

Do you offer transportation?

What to bring

Rainy Days

Lunches & Snacks


How are camper groups determined?

Swim Lessons and Free Swim

Cell Phone Policy

Safety Precautions


Where is Camp Chickami located?

Camp Chickami is located at 139 Boston Post Road, Wayland, MA 01778.

What is a typical day at camp like?

Camp Chickami is an an energetic and enthusiastic outdoor day camp with the tradition of an overnight camp. We begin the day at 9am with everyone on the Front Lawn for Morning Assembly where our staff takes attendance, collect lunches and milk orders(regular or chocolate) and make announcements for the activities happening that day. Campers then travel with their groups to scheduled activities for four 45 minute periods, including one period of swim lessons in our outdoor pool. At 12:30pm everyone sits down with their group for lunch and milk (if one was ordered in the morning) and campers will sign up for their afternoon periods with their staff. Starting at 1pm there are three 50 minute choice periods for all campers, but the Pines (6-7 year olds) who follow a preassigned schedule for their afternoon. Everyone regroups at 3:30pm for our afternoon Assembly where we showcase everyone’s achievements (and sing more camp songs!). By 3:45pm everyone is dismissed to the busses, and by 4pm the busses leave the parking lot to head back to Newton. Campers who are not taking a bus are dismissed to be signed out at the entrance to camp.

Do you offer transportation?

We provide five buses that start in Newton and make stops at elementary and middle schools in Newton. Buses leave their first stops in Newton at 8am and begin their routes to Wayland. We ask that families arrive ten minutes early to the bus stops in the morning and afternoon to ensure you do not miss the bus. Afternoon bus stops are the same stops as the morning in reverse. All buses leave Camp Chickami at 4:00 pm. Campers that do not use the bus are signed out at Chickami.

What should my camper bring each day?

  • Positive Attitude!
  • Sunscreen*
  • Bathing Suit*
  • Towel*
  • Water Bottle*
  • Backpack*
  • Lunch*
  • Snacks*
  • Sneakers*
  • Water Shoes(Optional)*
  • Hat*
  • Bug Spray (Optional)*
  • Rain Gear or Sweatshirt (when appropriate)*

*Please label all your child(ren)’s personal items

What happens when it rains?

It never rains at Camp Chickami! But when it does rain, please keep in mind we are an outdoor camp and we don’t mind getting a little wet. In cases of extreme weather, we will transition the campers to indoor space for safety. During the morning we’ll have special rainy day programming for everyone, and in the afternoons we’ll offer multiple activities in the dry areas, but we’ve also been known to play soccer in the rain! Please check the forecast and send your camper with rain gear when appropriate.

Do I need to provide a lunch?

Yes! Please pack a lunch! We store our lunches away until lunch time, so if you plan on packing snacks, make sure to pack them separately from the lunch. 

Does this camp do overnights or Sleep Unders?

Every week there is an overnight at Camp Chickami. Every unit (Older Boys, Younger Boys, Older Girls, Younger Girls) will have two overnights over the course of the summer. During Sessions 1-8, there is an Overnight or Sleep Under every week. For the older boys and girls (generally 10+ years / 5th grade), overnights are offered, while for the younger boys and girls (including Pines), Sleep Unders are available. 





Opening Week

June 24-June 28

Thu 6/27


Session 1

July 1-July 5


Younger Boys-Wed 7/03

Sleep Under

Session 2

July 8-July 12

Thu 7/11

Older Girls - Tue 7/09


Session 3

July 15-July 19


Older Boys-Thu 7/18


Session 4

July 22-July 26

Thu 7/25

Younger Girls, Tue 7/23

Sleep Under

Session 5

July 29-August 2


Younger Boys - Thu 8/01

Sleep Under

Session 6

August 5-August 9

Thu 8/08

Older Girls-Tue 8/06


Session 7

August 12-August 16


Older Boys-Thu 8/15


Session 8

August 19-August 23

Thu 8/22

Younger Girls-Tue 8/20

Sleep Under


How are the children’s groups determined?

We determine groups based on age, grade, and gender. Our youngest groups are co-ed, and ages 8 and up are traditionally single gender groups. On the application there are spaces provided to request buddies, and we do our best to honor all buddy requests. All campers will take part in scheduled activities with their groups in the morning periods. Our older campers have the opportunity to choose their schedule in the afternoon, allowing them to make friends with children in different groups and grades. We do our best to honor all group requests, but can’t guarantee that large groups will be placed together due to ratios. However, that is the beauty of choosing an afternoon schedule where you can be with friends that aren’t in your group.

How often to the children swim?

We offer swim lessons to every group at camp every day in the Camp Chickami pool, and there are two periods of optional free swim in the afternoons. We have every camper do a swim test at the beginning of every session, and they are assigned to swim classes.

Are cell phones allowed at camp?

Camp is a time to unplug and enjoy being outside. Cell phone use, including calls, texting, internet, and apps along with any other electronics are not permitted at camp. There is a phone on camp available to campers in case of emergency. This number is available to parents as well if they need to contact their camper. In the event that a cell phone is needed for a special situation, prior approval must be obtained from the Chickami director. We will hold onto campers’ cell phones until pick-up if it is brought to our attention that one is being used. 

How do I know if camp is right for me?

Camp Chickami is an enthusiastic and energetic camp with something for everyone. We pride ourselves on making sure that everyone, no matter what they are interested in, finds their place at camp. In addition to our unique camp games, we offer many specialties including Archery, Arts and Crafts, Drama, Nature, New Games and Sports Leagues, and Low and High Ropes courses.

What safety precautions are taken at camp?

  • All camp staff and volunteers are CORI, SORI, Camp CORI, background checked.
  • We complete 3 reference checks for each staff member.
  • All staff are first aid certified and CPR certified.
  • Staff is required to attend 25+ hours of camp training as well as mandatory annual child abuse prevention and bullying prevention trainings.
  • We are licensed and comply with all Department of Public Health regulations.
  • We are an ACA accredited camp.
  • We swim evaluate all swimmers every session. All swimmers must pass a deep end test before they are allowed to move beyond shallow water.
  • The pool is always guarded by certified lifeguards during camp hours.
  • We have a registered nurse on camp premises during regular camp hours.
  • Counselors perform face counts and take attendance numerous times throughout the day.
  • We are diligent with sunblock application numerous times throughout the day. Our Buildings, Pavilion, Arts and Crafts, and Carport areas are also available for shade and relief from the sun.
  • We have water fountains placed all around camp for hydration.
  • Campers are only released to authorized adults who are required to show a government issued photo ID at pick up or enter their approved pick-up PIN number.


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