Camp Pikati: FAQ | West Suburban YMCA

Camp Pikati

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the difference between Traditional Pikati and Pikati Sports?

What should my camper expect on their first day at Camp Pikati?

What are the hours of camp?

Where do I drop off and pick up my camper?

What are the age requirements for this camp?

Is a membership required?

Do you offer transportation?

What should my camper bring each day?

What happens when it rains?

How many counselors per child?

Do I need to provide a lunch?

Does this camp take field trips?

How are the children’s groups determined?

How often do the children swim?

Does my child need to know how to swim?

Are cell phones allowed at camp?

What safety precautions are taken at camp?

How do I know if camp is right for me?

 

 

What is the difference between Traditional Pikati and Pikati Sports? 

At Traditional Pikati campers have the opportunity to explore a multitude of programs. Much like in a traditional camp setting, campers engage in activities such as teambuilding, arts and crafts, swimming, active games, music, and nature. 

Pikati Sports Camp assigns a specific sport to each session. Your camper learns skills and practices technique associated with this sport. Through drills and games, our counselors help develop a strong sense of healthy competition in every camper. Campers also have to opportunity to partake in daily swim lessons as well as free swim and team-building initiatives. Our sports weeks include 

  • Baseball 
  • Basketball 
  • Flag Football  
  • Soccer 

Whether your camper is brand new to camp or a seasoned vet, our counselors ensure that your camper gets the most out of each day at Camp Pikati in a fun, safe and supportive environment. Each day offers swim, group organized games, arts & crafts, team building activities, an opportunity for summer reading, and more! 

What should my camper expect on their first day at Camp Pikati? 

On Monday of each session, you check in with your camp counselor or camp director. Your camper is directed to their assigned group and introduced to the group’s Unit Leader. Once all campers are checked in, we have morning assembly, a spirited meeting with morning announcements, a song or skit, and events of the day ahead. Then you head out with your group to your scheduled periods. As we go through the day, we discuss more specific rules about food at snack time and swimming before we go to the pool. We meet again in the afternoon for an assembly and announce the afternoon options – every day is different! 

What are the hours of camp? 

Extended AM care: 7:00am – 9:00am. Campers enrolled in extended care may be dropped off at the field at any time during this window. 
Regular drop off is from 8:45am-9:15am 
Extended PM care: 4:00pm – 6:00pm. Campers enrolled in extended care may be picked up on the field at any time during this window. 
Regular pick-up is from 3:45-4:15 

Where do I drop off and pick up my camper?

Drop off and Pick up will occur on the field. Pull into the West suburban YMCA parking lot. Signs will be posted and staff will be positioned to direct you. 

What are the age requirements for this camp? 

Pikati campers are between 3 to 15 years old.

Is a membership required? 

No – but we offer reduced rates for members. 

Do you offer transportation? 

We do not offer transportation to or from camp. 

What should my camper bring each day? 

  • Bag or backpack 
  • Swimsuit and towel—also bring a plastic bag to hold the damp clothing after swimming. 
  • Sneakers- closed toes footwear is required at camp. For safety reasons, campers may be excluded from certain activities without proper footwear. 
  • Change of clothes and footwear—this is particularly important if rain is predicted. A raincoat is helpful for rainy days. (We find it helpful to pack extra labeled clothes in a large Ziploc bag) 
  • Lunch—we cannot refrigerate or microwave camper’s lunches. 
  • Snack—please pack this separately from lunch and clearly label it. This helps us ensure snacks are eaten at snack time and lunch is eaten at lunchtime. 
  • Water bottle—Campers are very active during the day and need water. Please send a labeled refillable water bottle. 
  • Sunscreens—please apply sunscreen before your camper arrives at camp. We will assist your camper in reapplying throughout the day. Don’t forget to clearly label your campers sunscreen. 
  • Reading materials—for any downtime. 

**Don’t forget to label all items brought to camp that you would like to return home. This is incredibly helpful for our counselors to ensure left behind items make their way back to your campers bag. There is no such thing as over labeling.  

What happens when it rains? 

We monitor the weather very closely while campers are in our care. We will move indoors during moderate to heavy rain. In cases of thunder and lightning or other severe weather predictions, we will follow our Emergency Action Procedures, remain indoors, and stay out of the pool until the threat has passed. In the event of light rain, we generally stick to our planned schedule which includes indoor and outdoor activities. Playing in a sun shower is all part of the fun.

How many counselors per child?

1:5 (3-6 year olds), 1:8 (7-8 year olds), and 1:10 (9+) 

Do I need to provide a lunch? 

You will need to provide lunch and a morning & afternoon snack. 

Does this camp take field trips? 

We generally do not take field trips.  If a rare opportunity presents itself and we believe it would make for a great camp experience, we will provide information and seek your permission well in advance. We will NEVER take your child off of our property without your written consent. 

How are the children’s groups determined? 

We determine are groups based on age and grade. 

How often do the children swim? 

Campers swim every day. They will alternate between lessons and free swim.  

Does my child need to know how to swim? 

No, but we would love to teach them! We will swim evaluate new campers every Monday before they are allowed into the water and place them in the appropriate swim group. We will provide floatation devices (bubbles) to all campers who require them. 

Are cell phones allowed at camp? 

Camp is a time to unplug and enjoy being outside. Cell phone use and other electronic use, including calls, texting and internet, is not permitted at camp. The Camp Office has a phone which campers will be able to use in case of emergency. This number is also being available to parents if they need to contact their camper. If it is brought to our attention that a camper is on possession of a cell phone, we hold onto it until pick-up. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions regarding this policy.

What safety precautions are taken at camp? 

  • All camp staff and volunteers are CORI, SORI, Camp CORI, and Out of State CORI (where appropriate) background checked. 
  • We complete reference checks for each staff member including professional and personal references. 
  • All Staff are First Aid 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 American Camp Association accredited camp. 
  • We swim evaluate all swimmers at the start of each session. We provide floatation devices to all campers who require them. 
  • All swimmers must pass a deep end test before they are allowed to move beyond shallow water. We use a colored necklace system when swimming to easily identify campers are not swimming past areas beyond their skill level. 
  • The pool is always guarded by certified lifeguards during 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. 
  • Campers are only released to authorized adults who are required to show a government issued photo ID at pick up. 

How do I know if camp is right for me? 

Camp Pikati (pike-a-tee) means camp across the Pike! Located at the West Suburban YMCA, Pikati offers one-week sessions for active, athletic and crafty campers. 

Our staff helps your child gets the most out of each day at camp in a fun, safe and supportive environment. All of our Pikati staff are certified in CPR & First Aid, and are experts at helping your child feel welcome, but more importantly, making sure that we have FUN! The Pikati philosophy revolves around participation, fun and fair play.

Campers have so much to do! We also offer a mix of activities in each camp day to keep kids rested, happy and healthy. We schedule snack, lunch, free time, arts & crafts, fun group games and swimming into every day, as well as optional swimming lessons. During free time, campers can choose activities, such as group games, climbing wall and more. 

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