Chickami New Buildings | West Suburban YMCA Newton, MA | West Suburban YMCA

What will the new buildings mean for camp this summer?

Chickami is known for its rustic simplicity, which may have families wondering what the new buildings will mean for the camp experience. These buildings have been designed through a thoughtful process with input from staff, alumni, and current families. Our top priority from the beginning has been to maintain Chickami’s culture. Campers will still spend the majority of their time outside, enjoying Chickami’s 22-acre property. The new buildings will provide a respite from the hot sun, protection from rain, and updated facilities for our staff to perform administrative and nursing responsibilities. Plus, on rainy days (we hope there aren’t many!) we can offer a variety of activities and won’t need to evacuate to our neighbors at Temple Shir Tikva if the weather gets more severe.

Our team is already planning how they can incorporate the new spaces into their creative activities, but we’re not rushing the details. We expect to learn a lot from the space this summer, and look forward to seeing what ideas our campers and staff come up with.

One thing that won’t change? Families can expect that their children will still come home happy and muddy, two signs of a quintessential Chickami summer.

A group of children at outdoor camp with their counselor