The Chickasaw Nation is now accepting applications for 2016 youth camps, clinics and academies. A number of tribal divisions work together to offer a variety of educational and recreational activities for youth to explore new opportunities and learn new skills. Application deadline is April 15, 2016.

Chickasaw Nation 2016 youth events include:

SUMMER

Camp Survivor

Summer Camp
Ages 9 to 13, or entering grades four-eight
May 31-June 3
YMCA Camp Classen, Davis, Oklahoma

Camp Survivor is a wellness camp that incorporates activities promoting physical, mental, cultural and spiritual health. Throughout the week, campers participate in numerous activities, including swimming, hiking, fishing, archery, canoeing, rock-climbing, stickball and nutrition education. Campers also compete in mental and physical challenges and attend daily “tribal councils,” where individuals and groups receive special recognition. This is an overnight camp.

Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Chikasha Albinachi “Cultural Camp”

Summer Camp
Ages 6 to 11
June 1-2
Chickasaw Cultural Center, Sulphur, Oklahoma

This two-day camp provides students the opportunity to learn about and experience a variety of cultural activities, such as traditional games, stomp dancing, crafts and the Chickasaw language.

This is a day camp. Activities will be scheduled throughout the day.

Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact cultural resources at (580) 622-7140.

Application Deadline: April 15

Environmental Camp

Summer Camp
Ages 8 to 12
June 1-3
Chickasaw Nation Housing, 111 Rosedale Road, Ada, Oklahoma

The three-day Environmental Camp will focus on connecting kids with nature. Connecting children to the outdoor world is essential to our children’s health and development. Activities include:

  • Outdoor ethics and the importance of taking care of nature
  • Safety and navigation
  • Identification of dangerous and poisonous plants and animals

Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact Cindy Gammons at (580) 272-5456 or email cindy.gammons@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Ada Tennis Clinics

Summer Clinic
Tennis 101 (tentative title) June 6-7 – ages 8 to 11
Tennis II June 8-10 – ages 12 to 18
Ada Tennis Center, Ada, Oklahoma

This clinic offers students the tools necessary to build a lasting foundation for the sport of tennis. Participants also learn about honor, integrity, sportsmanship and teamwork.

Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Chickasaw Nation Aviation and Space Academy (CNASA)

Summer Academy
Ages 10 to 18
June 6-10
Science, Technology and Math Academy, Ada, Oklahoma

This is a weeklong academy for students interested in space, aviation, math and science. Students gain hands-on training in a simulator and have the opportunity to fly in an actual plane. CNASA is designed to inspire excellence and to motivate and challenge the vision, talent and energies of Chickasaw young people, encouraging them to pursue careers in science and technology.

Transportation is provided for CNASA scholarship students who live out of state.

For more information, contact the office of supportive programs at (580) 272-5579 or STMProgram@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Native American Junior Invitational Tennis

Summer Clinic
Ages 8 to 18 or grades three – 12
June 11, 2016
Ada Tennis Courts, Ada, Oklahoma

The Native American Junior Invitational Tennis tournament allows youth to experience a tournament atmosphere without the pressures of a school or tennis association tournament. It is also qualifying tournament for Chickasaw youth entering grades seven-12, or ages 12-18, for 10 available spots on Team Chickasaw Tennis Team.

Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or email youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

FCA Xtreme Camp

Summer Camp
Ages 15 to 18
June 12-16
Crosspoint Camp, Kingston, Oklahoma
This camp is for students who want to participate in challenging activities and great fellowship. Campers have the opportunity to water ski, water tube, skeet shoot, rappel, ride horses, compete in huddle competitions, scale a 65-foot climbing tower and experience a high ropes challenge course. Campers will also enjoy outstanding speakers and great music. This is an overnight camp.

Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Space Camp

Summer Camp
Ages 9 to 18
June 12-17
U.S. Space & Rocket Center at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama

Space Camp students obtain hands-on training, as well as learn about the mental, emotional and physical demands astronauts must face. Fields of study include engineering, space technology and aerospace science.

Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact the office of supportive programs at (580) 272-5579 or STMProgram@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Youth Golf Camp

Summer Camp
Golf 101 (not an overnight camp), June 13-14, ages 8 to 11, or entering grades three-six
Golf Camp II (overnight camp), June 15-17, ages 12 to 18, or entering grades seven-12
WinStar Golf Course, Thackerville, Oklahoma

Golf Camp provides Native American youth the opportunity to enjoy the game of golf while learning life skills, such as honor, integrity and sportsmanship. Instruction for all skill levels is provided by a highly knowledgeable and motivated staff. Please note that Golf 101 is a day camp, and Golf Camp is an overnight camp.

Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Native American Junior Open Golf Tournament

Summer Camp
Ages 8 to 18, or grades three-12
June 18
WinStar Golf Course, Thackerville, Oklahoma

The Native American Junior Open allows youth to experience a tournament atmosphere without the pressures of a school or golf association tournament. It is also a qualifying tournament for Chickasaw youth entering grades seven-12, or ages 12-18, for 10 available positions on the Team Chickasaw Golf team.

Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Youth Academy

Summer Academy
Ages 9 to 15
June 20-23
Lighthorse Police Department, Ada, Oklahoma

This academy provides an excellent opportunity for youth to explore a career in law enforcement. Students hear presentations from law enforcement personnel and learn life skills, such as CPR, communication, safety and crime prevention.

Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact Tammy Hughes at (580) 436-1166 or tammy.hughes@chickasaw.net.

Application deadline: April 15

Ikbi Holisso “Book Creation” Camp

Summer Camp
Ages 12 to 18
June 22-24
Location TBD

This camp will introduce students to the world of book publishing, from concept to writing, illustrating, editing, design and production. The students will be trained and guided through the steps of book creation while they produce a book in digital format.

Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact the Chickasaw Press at (580) 436-7282.

Application Deadline: April 15

Champions Football Clinic

Summer Clinic
Ages 8 to 18, or entering grades three-12
June 23-25
Ada High School, Ada, Oklahoma

At this clinic, a team of veteran coaches and players teach students fundamental football skills. Highlights include an 8-to-1 student to instructor ratio, offensive drills, defensive drills and more.

Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Champions Cheerleading Clinic

Summer Clinic
Ages 8 to 18, or entering grades three-12
June 24-25
Chickasaw Nation Family Life Center, Ada, Oklahoma

At this clinic, a team of Day of Champions cheerleading coaches instructs students on motion, jumps, spirit, rhythm, health and fitness. Students enhance their abilities and learn basic cheerleading fundamentals geared toward their skill levels.

Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

FCA Competitors Camp

Summer Camp
Ages 11 to 14
June 24-27
Camp WOW, Gerty, Oklahoma

Competitors Camp combines great facilities and activities with the athleticism and competition that defines the Fellowship of Christian Athletes ministry. Activities include a climbing wall, zip line, water slide, ropes course, obstacle course, the Blob, Bible devotions, upbeat music, topical discussions and much more. This is an overnight camp.

Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Yaakniꞌ Inaalhpisaat Chokma “The Nation’s Laws are Good” Camp

Summer Camp
Ages 10 to 16
June 30-July1
Chickasaw Nation Judicial Building, Ada, Oklahoma

This two-day camp educates youth on the operations of a tribal court system. Students have the opportunity to meet tribal judges, Supreme Court justices, Chickasaw Lighthorse police officers, Peacemakers and court staff. Students will also get to visit CLEET and participate in mock trials.

Mock trial participants will work with experienced speakers and lawyers to learn the structure of the tribal court systems and the differences between the processes of tribal court systems. Students will be directly exposed to the basics of certain substantive areas of Chickasaw tribal law.

Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact Connie Tillery at (580) 235-0281 or connie.tillery@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Tanumpo Hosa Apisa “Place for Shooting Guns” Camp

Summer Camp
Ages 12 to 18, or entering grades seven-12
July 6-7
Southern Oklahoma Sportsman’s Club, Davis, Oklahoma

This camp features instruction on gun safety and marksmanship techniques. The camp focuses on the disciplines required for Olympic-style target shooting and consists of both classroom instruction and firing practice.

Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Youth Basketball Camp

Summer Camp
Ages 8 to 18, or entering grades three-12
Girl’s Camp: July 11-12
Boy’s Camp: July 14-15
Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Youth Basketball Camp participants learn basketball techniques from high school head coaches, university coaches and current or former university players. This camp ends with a round-robin style tournament. This is an overnight camp.

Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Chickasaw Arts Academy

Summer Session
Ages 8 – 18
July 11 – 23
East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma

The Chickasaw Arts Academy is an intensive exploration of the various artistic fields. Students begin the summer session on July 11 and conclude on July 23 with a showcase. The showcase is a three-hour event that offers a brief glimpse of the student projects that were created during the academy.

Participants will have the opportunity to gain experience in the following fields of study: 2-D & 3-D Visual Art, Theatre, Creative Writing, Dance, Vocal Music, Music Composition, Photography, Theatre Technology, Video Production, and Textile Design.

The Chickasaw Arts Academy is a unique experience providing cultural enrichment for participants. The academy covers Chickasaw culture, as well as other Southeastern Native cultures.

*Attending the Summer Session of the academy is a prerequisite for the following Chickasaw Arts Academy sessions: Academy Fall Session, Academy Winter Session, and the Academy Spring Session.

For more information, contact the Arts & Humanities office at (580) 272-5520 or Larry.Morgan@chickasaw.net.

Application deadline: April 15

FALL

Hayaka Unta “Into the Woods” Camp

Fall (2016) Spring (2017) Camp
Ages 8 to 18, or entering grades three-12
Fall: Oct. 14-16 – Camp Simpson, Bromide, Oklahoma
Spring: April 7-9 – Camp Simpson, Bromide, Oklahoma

Hayaka Unta Camp gives Chickasaw youth and their parents or guardians an opportunity to share quality time together while enjoying the natural beauty of the outdoors. This camp offers a variety of exciting and challenging activities, including rock wall climbing, canoeing, hiking, fishing, skeet shooting, archery and camping. This is an overnight camp for parent(s) and child.

Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Chikashshaat Hoochokoshkomo “Chickasaws are Playing” Camp

Fall Break
Ages 12 to 18
Chickasaw Cultural Center, Sulphur, Oklahoma

This day camp provides students the opportunity to learn the history of traditional games. Campers learn how to play a variety of traditional games, including chunkey, marbles, archery, horseshoes and stickball.

Fun cultural activities will be scheduled throughout the day.

Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact Clovis Hamilton at (580) 272-5592 or clovis.hamilton@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Halloween Lock-In

Fall Camp
Ages 8 to 13, or entering grades three-six
Oct. 21-22
Andy Alligator’s, Norman, Oklahoma

This Halloween-themed lock-in allows students to participate in mini-bowling, go-karts, batting cages, mini-golf, a rock climbing wall, bumper cars, arcade games and a variety of other fun activities throughout the night. This is an overnight camp.

Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

WINTER

Winter Baseball Clinic

Winter Clinic
Ages 8 to 18, or entering grades three-12
Dec. 21-22
D-BAT Sports Plex, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This clinic is designed to teach essential life skills, such as dedication, goal setting and teamwork, while teaching the basic skills of baseball. Camp instruction focuses on improving the fundamentals of hitting, pitching and fielding. Campers learn how goal setting and self-discipline improve playing ability and help in everyday life.

Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Winter Softball Clinic

Winter Clinic
Ages 8 to 18
Dec. 19-20
D-BAT Sports Plex, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This camp focuses on improving the fundamentals of hitting, pitching, fielding, conditioning and teamwork. Camp instruction is led by high school- and college-level coaches and players, who are dedicated to helping students improve their softball skills.

Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact camps and recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Application Deadline: April 15

Application Information

Submitting an application does not guarantee selection to the camp. Applicants should be aware once acceptance to a youth services event has been determined, attendance is required.

For more information, contact camps & recreation at (580) 272-5716 or youthcamps@chickasaw.net.

Most camp applications can now be submitted online.

The following camp applications will be available to submit online soon:

Additional information is also available at www.chickasaw.net/youthcamps.