Delays and Closings, Feb. 21

The Ada, Ardmore and Sulphur Headstarts will be closed today due to inclement weather.
 

Press Release

Release Date: February 12, 2018

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



The Chickasaw Nation is now accepting applications for 2018 youth camps, clinics and academies. A number of tribal divisions work together to offer a variety of educational and recreational activities for youth and families to explore new opportunities and learn new skills. Application deadline is April 15, 2018.

Chickasaw Nation 2018 youth events include:

Chikasha Albinachi “Cultural Camp”
May 22-23
Ages 6-11
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 with activities scheduled throughout the day. Transportation is not provided.

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

Camp Survivor
May 29-June 1
Ages 9-13 or entering grades four-eight
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 youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Environmental Camp
May 30-June 1
Ages 8-12
Chickasaw Nation Housing, Ada, Oklahoma

The three-day Environmental Camp connects kids with nature and the outdoors, which is essential to our children’s health and development. Activities include, outdoor ethics and the importance of taking care of nature, safety and navigation and identification of dangerous and poisonous plants and animals. Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact environmental services at (580) 272-5412.

Chickasaw Nation Aviation and Space Academy (CNASA)
June 4-8
Ages 10-18
Science, Technology and Math Academy, Ada, Oklahoma

CNASA is an action packed educational camp of learning through hands-on activities, challenges and teamwork designed to inspire, motivate and challenge Chickasaw youth. This weeklong journey of discovery is aimed to ignite a desire to pursue careers in science, technology, aviation and space exploration.

Transportation is provided for CNASA scholarship students who live out of state, but availability is limited.

For more information, contact the STEM program at (580) 272-5579 or STMProgram@Chickasaw.net.

Golf Camp
Golf 101- June 4-5/ Ages 8-11 or entering grades three-six
Golf II- June 6-7/ Ages 12-18 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 II is an overnight camp. Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Native American Jr. Open Golf Tournament
June 8
Ages 8-18
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 spots on the Team Chickasaw golf team. Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

FCA Competitors Camp
June 8-11
Ages 11-14
Camp WOW, Gerty, Oklahoma

The FCA 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, waterslide, rope course, obstacle course, the Blob, Bible devotions, upbeat music, topical discussions and much more. The Chickasaw Nation sponsors 20 students to attend the FCA Competitors Camp. This is an overnight camp. Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Space Camp
June 10-15 (Travel time is not included)
Ages 9-18
U.S. Space & Rocket Center at Marshall Space Flight Center, Huntsville, Alabama

Chickasaw students become cadets for a week at the U.S. Space and Rocket Center at NASA’s Marshall Flight Center in Huntsville, Alabama.

Trainees participate in unique experiences such as flight simulators, lunar landing simulations, mock space missions, underwater astronaut training, advanced academics and team-building exercises with youth from all over the country. Transportation is provided, but availability is limited.

For more information, contact the STEM program at (580) 272-5579 or STMProgram@Chickasaw.net.

Tennis Clinics
June 11-12
Ages 6-18 or entering grades three-12
Ada Tennis Center, Ada, Oklahoma

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

For more information, contact youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Chickasaw Cultural Enrichment Family Camp
June 12-15
Chickasaw families
Tantanka Ranch, Stroud, Oklahoma

This camp is designed to promote the use of the Chickasaw language through language immersion sessions, games and a variety of cultural activities. This is an overnight camp.

For more information, contact the language department at (580) 272-5318 or email LanguageDepartment@Chickasaw.net.

FCA Xtreme Camp
June 18-22
Ages 15-18
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. The Chickasaw Nation sponsors 20 students to attend the FCA Xtreme Camp. This is an overnight camp.

For more information, contact youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Youth Academy
June 18-21
Ages 9-15
Lighthorse Police Department, Ada, Oklahoma

This academy provides an excellent opportunity for youth to explore a career in law enforcement. Academy students will hear presentations from law enforcement personnel and learn life skills, such as teamwork, communication, safety and crime prevention. Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact the Lighthorse Police Department at (580) 436-1166.

Champions Football Clinic
June 21-23
Ages 8-18 or entering grades three-12
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 youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Champions Cheerleading Clinic
June 22-23
Ages 6-18 or entering grades one-12
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 youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Holisso Ikbi “Book Creation” Camp
June 26-29
Ages 10 to 18
East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma

This camp introduces 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.

Yaakni’ Inaalhpisaat Chokma “The Nation’s Laws are Good” Camp
June 28-29
Ages 8-14
Chickasaw Nation Judicial Building, Ada, Oklahoma

This two-day camp educates youth on the operations of a tribal court system. Students meet tribal judges, Supreme Court justices, Chickasaw Lighthorse police officers, Peacemakers and court staff. Students also visit the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training facility and participate in mock trials. Students will be directly exposed to the basics of certain substantive areas of Chickasaw tribal law. Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact Tiffany Postoak at (580) 235-0279 or Tiffany.Postoak@Chickasaw.net.

Tanumpo Hosa Apisa “The Place for Shooting Guns” Camp
July 5-6
Ages 12 to 18
Southern Oklahoma Sportsman’s Club, Davis, Oklahoma

This camp features instruction on gun safety and marksmanship techniques. Students learn the disciplines required for Olympic-style target shooting through both classroom instruction and firing practice. Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Youth Basketball Camp
Girls Camp- July 9-10/ Ages 6-18
Boys Camp- July 11-12/ Ages 6-18
Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

Youth Basketball Camp participants learn basketball techniques from high school head coaches, university coaches and current and former university players. This camp ends with a round-robin style tournament. This is an overnight camp for participants ages 13-18. Participants ages 6-12 will be provided transportation each day to the camp destination.

For more information, contact youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Chickasaw Arts Academy
July 14-28
Ages 8-18
East Central University, Ada, Oklahoma

The Chickasaw Arts Academy is an intensive exploration of the various artistic fields, career preparatory programming and student-oriented skill development. An arts gala and showcase, highlighting student work, culminates the two-week experience.

Participants gain experience in 2-D and 3-D visual art, culinary art, musical theater, dance, vocal music, instrumental music and composition, photography, theater technology, video production, fashion and accessory design, graphic art, graphic design and other subjects. The academy emphasizes Chickasaw, other Southeastern Indian cultures and other tribal aesthetics through the fine and performing arts.

*Attending the summer session of the academy is a prerequisite for the fall session, winter session and spring session, of the Chickasaw Arts Academy.

For more information, contact the arts and humanities office at (580) 272-5520 or email ArtsAcademy@Chickasaw.net.

Hayaka Unta “Into the Woods” Camp
Fall Camp- Oct. 12-14, 2018
Spring Camp- April 5-7, 2019
Ages 8-18 or entering grades three-12
Camp Goddard, Sulphur, 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 canoeing, hiking, fishing, archery and camping. This is an overnight camp for parent(s) and children. Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Chikashshaat Hoochokoshkomo "Chickasaws are Playing" Camp
Fall Break
Ages 8-18
Location TBD

This day camp provides students the opportunity to learn the history of and how to play the traditional game of stickball. Students will also learn the fundamentals of lacrosse. Students will participate in stickball and lacrosse drills throughout the camp. Transportation is not provided.

For more information, contact the language department at (580) 272-5318 or email LanguageDepartment@Chickasaw.net.

Halloween Lock-in
Oct. 19-20
Ages 8-13 or grades three-six
Andy Alligator’s Fun Park, Norman, Oklahoma

Students who attend this Halloween-themed lock-in 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 youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Winter Baseball Clinic
Dec. 20-21
Ages 6-18 or entering grades three-12
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 youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Winter Softball Clinic
Dec. 27-28
Ages 6-18 or entering grades three-12
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 youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

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. If circumstances prevent attendance, without notifying camp organizers, selection for future events may be hindered.

For more information, contact youth recreation at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net. Camp applications can be submitted online.

Last Updated: 09/16/2016