YMCA Camp Potawotami, an overnight camp, is dedicated to nurturing campers' personal growth through the A, B, C s of camping. With a skilled staff, meticulously planned programs, and well-maintained facilities, the camp focuses on fostering a sense of accomplishment, belonging, and positive character traits.
Campers at YMCA Camp Potawotami achieve a profound sense of accomplishment by engaging in various activities and acquiring new skills. For many, the mere experience of spending a week away from home is a significant achievement. These real-world accomplishments are designed to boost campers' self-confidence and self-esteem, helping them grow personally.
Building meaningful connections and cultivating a sense of belonging are key aspects of the camp experience. Campers make new friends and learn to be good companions, sharing their cabins with peers and counselors. This fosters valuable lessons in friendship-building and teamwork, where everyone has responsibilities and contributes to the tight-knit YMCA Camp Potawotami community.
Moreover, character development is a core focus, with character traits and values woven into various camp activities. The camp places a strong emphasis on learning, growth, and striving for one's best. YMCA Camp Potawotami's foundational values—Caring, Honesty, Respect, and Responsibility—are instilled in campers, with a unique Wampum Bead program encouraging them to select a character trait to cultivate during camp and throughout the year. With these principles at its heart, YMCA Camp Potawotami is committed to providing a transformative and character-building camp experience for all attendees. For more information about the Windy City Camp Fair, use this link.
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