Camp Chickami | West Suburban YMCA

Day Camp in Wayland, MA

Camp Chickami

Grades 1-10 / Ages 6-15

2023 Camp Memories

1-Week Sessions
Weekdays  |  9:00am-4:00pm

YMCA Camp Chickami is a traditional summer day camp located in Wayland, MA. Founded in 1955, Camp Chickami has 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.

Opening Week June 24 - June 28
Session 1 July 1 - 5
*Thursday, July 4th we will be closed in observance of Independence Day
Session 2  July 8 - 12
Session 3  July 15 - 19
Session 4  July 22 - 26
Session 5  July 29 - August 2
Session 6  August 5 - 9
Session 7  August 12 - 16
Session 8  August 19 - 23
Post-Camp  August 26 - August 30

2024 RATES per session
West Suburban YMCA Family Member: $420
West Suburban YMCA Youth Member: $460
Community (non-member): $480
Bus Fee: $90

AM Care at Chickami (8:00am-9:00am): $50 per session
PM Care at West Suburban YMCA (5:00pm-6:00pm): $50 per session
PM Care at Chickami (4:00pm-6:00pm): $80 per session

Camp Chickami Leader-In-Training (LIT) Sessions

Leader-in-Training sessions provide our oldest campers (youth entering grades 10) a way to transition from camper to counselor. LITs gain valuable leadership skills and take on more responsibility at camp. LIT sessions are 2 weeks.

LIT Session 1 

July 1 - 12

*Thursday, July 4th we will be closed in observance of Independence Day

LIT Session 2  July 15 - 26
LIT Session 3  July 29 - August 9
LIT Session 4  August 12-23

RATES per session (2 weeks)
West Suburban YMCA Family Member: $600
West Suburban YMCA Youth Member: $655
Community (non-member): $700

LIT Bus Fee: $110

2024 Camp Events

Stay Tuned for 2024 Camp Event Dates

Camp Family Nights

  • July 12
  • July 19
  • August 2
  • August 16

Camp Under and Overnights

  • July 2- Older Boys
  • July 9- Pines
  • July 18- Older Girls
  • July 23- Younger Kids
  • August 1- Older Boys
  • August 6- Pines
  • August 15- Older Girls
  • August 20- Younger Kids

Parent Feedback from Camp Chickami's 2023 Season

“Thank you for each and every team member at Chickami! My boys have the greatest summer experience always at Chickami! And hopefully we will be bringing our youngest addition next year as well!”  ~Rana

"I wanted to say thank you for being a fun, carefree, safe space for kids this summer. Our kids, G and P, just love your camp. Our entire family had so much fun at the Carnival last night, and it was so powerful to see how creative and dedicated Chickami staff are! G especially struggled in 2nd grade in school, and was so welcomed at Chickami. We cannot thank this place enough. Thank you!" ~Nora

“Chickami Staff- Thank you for taking such great care of our kids this summer. You gave them a summer filled with fun!" Forever grateful, The C. Family  "Thank yo so much for a fun summer!" ~C. Family Camper

"Chickami is an amazing place. My camper adores going every week and is keen to be an LIT and counselor at some point. The camp fosters a culture of belonging, fun, and acceptance that's nothing short of amazing. My hat's off to you all for this. Thank you."

"After her first week at camp my daughter asked if she could be a counselor when she groups up. I think this speaks volumes of the environment created and the way she was treated."

"The model works. We need more of this for children today. Kids need to self manage. They need to be able to explore, get dirty and have freedom to lead. They need to practice holding their peer groups accountable.  This build trust, an open dialog & lasting friendships. Children have anxiety speaking in classrooms today, yet this could be mitigated with more activities like Chickami where shy kids find themselves standing up during assembly & speaking to audiences of 100+ people. Life changing!!"

"Camp Chickami is a wonderful, well run camp. Our children have thrived there and always come back home happy, tired and dirty -- all signs of a great day!"

For more information please contact the Y's Camping Services Branch at 617-244-6050 x3008 or

Chickami Program Guide

Looking for the MetroWest Y after school program being held at Chickami?

The Metrowest YMCA is running their School's Out after school program for Wayland students at Camp Chickami. If you are looking for more information, pleaes visit their website, School's Out Wayland | Metrowest YMCA | MetroWest YMCA.

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Day Camp Registration

Registration for Summer 2024 is open!

2024 Summer Camp Guide

Check out the 2024 Summer Camp Guide to learn about our four summer camps - Camp Pikati, Camp Wells, Camp Chickami, and Camp Frank A. Day!

Chickami Alumni Contact Update Form

Learn About the Chickami Capital Campaign

Chickami builds leaders. It builds friendships. It builds creativity. And now it’s building… buildings! We’re excited to announce our capital campaign to ensure campers and staff can have an amazing experience at camp for decades to come.

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Help Others Experience Chickami

Donations to the Camp Chickami Annual Fund ensure that camp stays open to all through our need-based financial aid program.