Camp Chickami: America's Top 55 Summer Camps

youth meeting in the woods at Camp Chickami
May 2, 2024

YMCA Camp Chickami has been recognized among America’s Top Summer Camps for 2024 by Newsweek, marking a significant accolade for the camp and its commitment to delivering exceptional summer experiences. Located in Wayland, Massachusetts, and operated by the West Suburban YMCA, Camp Chickami has consistently prioritized providing enriching experiences for children nationwide. 

Newsweek's annual ranking evaluates camps based on various criteria, including program innovation, accessibility, staff-to-camper ratios, safety measures, and the creation of lasting memories. Among thousands of contenders, Camp Chickami secured its position among the top 55 day camps, highlighting its dedication to fostering a safe and nurturing environment conducive to fun and growth. 

Camp Chickami offers a diverse range of activities, including outdoor adventures, team-building exercises, arts and crafts, and leadership development opportunities. This comprehensive approach ensures campers' physical, social, and emotional well-being are nurtured throughout their summer experience. 

Natalia Martinez, Camp Director of Camp Chickami, expressed her gratitude for the recognition, attributing it to the hard work and dedication of the staff. "This honor is a testament to the dedication of our staff in providing memorable experiences for our campers each summer," she remarked. 

Jack Fucci, President and CEO of the West Suburban YMCA emphasized the significance of Camp Chickami's recognition in reinforcing the YMCA's commitment to youth development. "Camp Chickami’s recognition by Newsweek affirms the YMCA’s dedication to providing exceptional experiences for youth," he stated. 

Beyond the accolades, Camp Chickami remains focused on its core mission of facilitating personal growth, community building, and the creation of lasting memories for campers. Through a blend of structured activities and free time for exploration, campers have the opportunity to discover their passions and forge lifelong friendships. 

As Camp Chickami looks forward to maintaining its tradition of excellence, parents seeking enriching summer experiences for their children can learn more about the camp and its offerings by visiting 


About the West Suburban YMCA For over 145 years, the West Suburban YMCA has been a cornerstone of the Newton community, dedicated to supporting youth development, promoting healthy living, and fostering social responsibility for all. To learn more about the organization and its initiatives, visit