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Camp Chickami

Units, Groups & Special Events

Campers are split into 18 groups at Camp Chickami, subdivided by unit. There are four units, each with a dedicated leadership staff to oversee their camp experience:

Pines Unit - Ages 5-7 / Entering Grades 1-2

Mainly 1st and 2nd Graders, the youngest Pines spend their days in co-ed groups (Sugar and Pinyon) while the oldest Pines divide into boys and girls groups (Scotch and Ponderosa).

  • Sugar Pines Coed Ages 5-6 / Entering Grade 1

  • Pinyon Pines Coed Ages 5-6 / Entering Grade 1-2

  • Ponderosa Pines Girls Ages 6-7 / Entering Grade 2

  • Scotch Pines Boys Ages 6-7 / Entering Grade 2

 

Girls Unit - Ages 8-14 / Entering Grades 3-9

The Girls Unit welcomes campers, 3rd to 9th grade, who are as diverse as their group names. While our Willows gain independence picking their afternoon schedules for the first time, Magnolias and Maples buddy with Pines campers to teach them the ways of Chickami. When our Girls Unit is strong, camp is strong—and our Girls Unit is really strong!

  • Willows Age 8 / Entering Grade 3

  • Palms Age 9 / Entering Grade 4

  • Elms Age 10 / Entering Grade 5

  • Cedars Age 11 / Entering Grade 6

  • Maples Ages 12-13 / Entering Grade 7-8

  • Magnolias Age 14 / Entering Grade 9

Younger Boys Unit - Ages 8-10 / Entering Grades 3-5

Typically 3rd and 4th graders (and sometimes 5th), Younger Boys campers are empowered with their first taste of afternoon electives. Imagination and creativity are at the heart of our Younger Boys Unit, and each summer we look forward to seeing what adventures they’ll embark on next.

  • Boxwoods Ages 7-8 / Entering Grade 3

  • Locusts Ages 8-9 / Entering Grade 4

  • Gingkoes Ages 9-10 / Entering Grade 4-5

 

Older Boys Unit - Ages 10-14 / Entering Grades 5-9

The sky’s the limit for Older Boys groups at Camp Chickami, but expectations are sky-high, too. With campers ranging from 5th to 9th grade, the Older Boys Unit offers an opportunity to begin to take ownership over the camp experience, while still enjoying everything camp has to offer.

  • Redwoods Age 10 / Entering Grade 5

  • Bamboos Age 11 / Entering Grade 6

  • Oaks Age 12 / Entering Grade 7

  • Hickories Age 13 / Entering Grade 8

  • Sequoias Age 14 / Entering Grade 9

Special Events

If there’s one thing Chickamites love, it’s special events! Each summer we invite campers to participate in Age-Group Overnights and “Sleep Unders,” families and community members to participate in Family Nights, and session attendees to participate in our Friday Events! From Color War to Carnival to Pines Day, Chickami campers and staff always have a reason to get creative, get energized, and celebrate.

Session

Dates

Family Nights

Overnights/Sleep Unders

Opening Week

June 24-June 28

Thu 6/27

None

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

Overnight

Session 3

July 15-July 19

 

Older Boys-Thu 7/18

Overnight

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

Overnight

Session 7

August 12-August 16

 

Older Boys-Thu 8/15

Overnight

Session 8

August 19-August 23

Thu 8/22

Younger Girls-Tue 8/20

Sleep Under

 

Register Online

Camp Registration for 2019 is open. Register online before Feb 14, 2019 and save 5% on your Camp Chickami and Camp Pikati total fees with the CMPEB Early Bird Discount!

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