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Welcome to Camp Pikati!

About Camp Pikati

Camp Pikati (pike-a-tee) means “camp across the Pike!” Campers participate in a variety of age appropriate and fun activities. Each week campers have fun filling their days with traditional camp games, sports, arts and crafts, swimming, relay races, archery, and camp-wide special themes! All activities are run by trained counselors who model the YMCA values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.

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Summer day camp in Newton located at the Church St Y

For children ages 3-14

Leaders-In-Training for youth entering grades 7-9

1-week sessions

Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

2nd graders and older enjoy optional field trips for an additional cost

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Give your kids the best summer ever.

Camp FAQs

We compiled frequently asked questions for our summer day camps.

2024 Camp Guide

Read about our 4 summer camps.

Camp Pikati is for youth ages 3-14. Camp sessions are one weeklong and camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

Extended care is available from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m., and after camp from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. for an additional cost per session. Please see our Session Rates section. 

Campers entering 2nd grader and older enjoy optional field trips for an additional cost.

Leader-In-Training sessions provide our oldest campers (youth entering grades 7-9) a way to transition from camper to counselor. LITs gain valuable leadership skills and take on more responsibility at camp. LIT sessions are for 2 weeks, and camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information on our Leader-In-Training opportunities, please visit our LIT page.


Pre Camp AJune 17-21
Pre Camp BJune 24 - 28
Session 1

July 1 - 5

*July 4 is closed

LIT Session 1

July 1 - 12

*July 4 is closed

Session 2July 8 - 12
Session 3July 15 - 19
LIT Session 2July 15 - 26
Session 4July 22 - 26
Session 5July 29 - August 2
LIT Session 3July 29 - August 9
Session 6August 5 - 9
Session 7August 12 - 16
LIT Session 4August 12 - 23
Session 8August 19 - 23
Closing Week

August 26 - 30

*Pool closed this week


Camper Rates (Per Session)

West Suburban YMCA Household Member: $359
West Suburban YMCA Youth Member: $417
Non-Member: $469

Extended Camper Care (Per Session)

AM Care (7:30 a.m. - 9 a.m.): $40
PM Care (4 p.m. - 6 p.m.): $60

LIT Rates (Per Session)

West Suburban YMCA Household Member: $490
West Suburban YMCA Youth Member: $650
Non-Member: $690

Wait Lists

Due to high demand many of our camp sessions have wait lists. We recommend you register early! 


  • A 25% registration fee is required for each day camp session you wish to reserve at the time of registration.  
  • The registration fee is applied to the total balance due for each session.
  • All registration fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Registration is available online, by phone or in person:

Billing, Payment Plans, and Financial Aid for Camp Pikati, Camp Wells, and Camp Chickami

  • Remaining balance payment is due 60 days prior to the session start date.  
  • Payments will be auto drafted accordingly with the card on file.
  • If a camper has a prior outstanding balance with the West Suburban YMCA, it must be paid in full prior to registration.
  • Financial assistance is available and can be applied for on a confidential basis. Please download the Financial Assistance Application and return it to financialaid@wsymca.org for review. For more information, contact Marie Minardi.  
  • If you would like to set up a payment plan, please contact our Camp Registrar, Marie Minardi, at 617-244-6050 x3008.  

Refund and Cancellations for Camp Pikati, Camp Wells, and Camp Chickami:

  • Cancellations must be submitted two months prior to the session start date to receive a refund minus the 25% registration fee. 
  • The tuition is non-refundable and non-transferable unless due to a serious medical issue. In this case a physician’s note is required.
  • Campers, who arrive late, depart early, or miss days are not granted pro-rated fees or refunds.
  • The Y reserves the right to retain camp fees for campers who decide they do not like camp, have minor illnesses, are homesick, are removed from camp for disciplinary reasons, and/or change of family plans.

Sibling Discounts

Receive 5% discount off total fees. All campers must reside in the same physical address to receive the discount. Contact campings@wsymca.org to receive discount.

Referral Discounts

Friends make everything more fun! For every first-time overnight camper you refer, you each receive $100 off your Camp Frank A. Day fees. For every first-time day camper you refer, you each receive $50 off your Camp Chickami, Camp Wells, and/or Camp Pikati fees!!

9:00 AM Campers Arrive
9:15 AM Morning Assembly
9:20 AM Camp Crafts
10:00 AM Water & Sunblock Break
10:15 AM Field Activity
10:45 AM Swimming
12:00 PM Lunch
12:30 PM Down Time
1:00 PM  Gaga Ball
1:45 PM Archery
2:35 PM Choice Time
3:30 PM Afternoon Assembly
4:00 PM Campers Depart


Parent Testimonies from Camp Pikati 2023

The boys final week of camp was last week so that’s a wrap for us this summer. I just want to say Thank You!! For all the hard work, the long hot hours in the sun, and for the seamless experience that I know requires a lot of effort behind the scenes. The boys had a wonderful summer and it was aways pleasant seeing your smiling faces every day. 

I really can't express how grateful we are to Camp Pikati for making this summer a positive experience for our non-neurotypical kids. Camps we've attended in the past have ranged from "meh" to absolutely disastrous. Staff at Pikati are cool, attentive, thoughtful, loving, and firm. We feel so fortunate.


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Keri Wood

Director of Camping Operations
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Marie Minardi

Camp/Childcare Registrar

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