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Release Date: February 08, 2019

by Chickasaw Nation Media Relations Office



The Chickasaw Nation will be accepting applications soon for 2019 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.

Chickasaw Nation 2019 youth events include:

Running Clinic
March 19-20
Ages 8-18
Ada High School Track, Ada, Oklahoma

This clinic teaches participants the proper techniques and skills to become a successful runner. Clinic instruction is led by highly skilled high school coaches, experienced runners and the youth services staff. Transportation is not provided.

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

Fishing Clinic
May 11
Chickasaw Families/ Ages 4-18
Inslee Fish Farm, Tishomingo, Oklahoma

The fishing clinic promotes aquatic resources awareness and is a great way to give youth and their families an opportunity to learn about fishing. Participants will learn about identifying types of fish, knot tying, fish cleaning and cooking, proper equipment to use, water safety, outdoor ethics, water quality, and state laws and regulations. This is a one-day camp. Transportation is not provided.

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

Application deadline April 15.

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. Transportation is provided from Ada, Ardmore, Norman and Tishomingo.

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

Application deadline April 15.

Environmental Camp
May 30-31
Ages 8-12
Chickasaw Nation Housing, Ada, Oklahoma

The two-day Environmental Camp focuses on connecting students 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 identification of dangerous and poisonous plants and animals. Transportation is not provided.

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

Application deadline April 15.

Camp Survivor
May 28-31
Ages 9-13
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. This is an overnight camp. Transportation is not provided.

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

Application deadline April 15.

Youth Golf Camp
Golf 101- June 3-4/Ages 8-11
Golf II- June 5-6/Ages 12-18
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 II is an overnight camp. Transportation is provided.

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

Application deadline April 15.

History Camp
June 3-5
Ages 8-14
Chickasaw Capitol, Tishomingo, Oklahoma

At this camp, participants will have the opportunity to tour the Chickasaw Council House Museum, Chickasaw Capitol, Boggy Depot and Fort Washita. Students will enjoy activities such as stickball, fishing and flying kites and learn how to create stickballs, arrows and fish nets. Lunch is provide. This is not an overnight camp. Transportation is only provided during the tours.

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

Application deadline April 15.

Chickasaw Nation Aviation and Space Academy (CNASA)
June 3-7
Ages 10-18 or grades five-12
Science, Technology and Math Academy Building, 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 and accommodations are provided for CNASA scholarship students who live out of state, but availability is limited.

For more information, visit Chickasaw.net/STEM. Contact the STEM program at (580) 272-5579 or STEM@Chickasaw.net.

Application deadline April 15.

FCA Competitors Camp
June 5-8
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 more. The Chickasaw Nation sponsors 20 students to attend the FCA Competitors Camp. This is an overnight camp. Transportation is not provided.

This camp is hosted by the Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA).

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

Application deadline April 15.

Native American Junior Open Golf Tournament
June 7
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 ages 12-18, for 10 available spots on the Team Chickasaw golf team. Transportation is not provided.

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

Application deadline April 15.

Tennis Clinic
June 10-11
Ages 6-18
Oklahoma City Tennis Center, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma

This clinic offers students the experience of training on both indoor and outdoor courts. Participants learn life skill lessons, nutrition and all of the tools necessary to build a solid foundation for the sport of tennis. Class instruction is led by a highly skilled coaching staff. Transportation is provided.

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

Application deadline April 15.

Holisso Ikbi “Book Creation” Camp
June 11-14
Ages 10-18
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.

Application deadline April 15.

Softball Clinic
June 13-14
Ages 6-18
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 camps at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Application deadline April 15.

Yaakni’ Inaalhpisaat Chokma “The Nation’s Laws are Good” Camp
June 13-14
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 will visit the Council on Law Enforcement Education and Training facility and participate in mock trials. Transportation is not provided.

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

Application deadline April 15.

FCA Xtreme Camp
June 16-20
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 camps at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Application deadline April 15.

Baseball Clinic
June 17-18
Ages 6-18
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 camps at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Application deadline April 15.

Chickasaw Lighthorse Police Youth Academy
June 17-20
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.

Application deadline April 15.

Champions Football Clinic
June 20-21
Ages 8-18
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. This clinic also includes testing and evaluate on for the 40-yard dash, pro-agility, vertical and broad jumps. Transportation is provided.

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

Application deadline April 15.

Cheerleading Clinic
June 20-21
Ages 6-18
Chickasaw Nation Family Life Center, Ada, Oklahoma

At this clinic, a team of 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 camps at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Application deadline April 15.

Chickasaw Cultural Enrichment Family Camp
June 25-28
Chickasaw families
Tantanka Ranch, Stroud, Oklahoma

This camp promotes the use of the Chickasaw language through language immersion sessions, games and a variety of cultural activities. This is an overnight camp. Transportation is not provided.

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

Application deadline April 15.

Tanumpo Hosa Apisa “The Place for Shooting Guns” Camp
July 1-2
Ages 12 to 18
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 youth camps at (580) 272-5716 or YouthCamps@Chickasaw.net.

Application deadline April 15.

Youth Basketball Camp
Basketball Clinic 101: July 8-9/ Ages 6-11
Basketball Clinic II- July 10-11/ Ages 12-18
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. Basketball 101 is a day camp, and Basketball II is an overnight camp. Transportation is provided.

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

Application deadline April 15.

Chickasaw Arts Academy
Intermediate and Major Levels: July 12-27/Ages 12-18/University of Oklahoma, Norman, Oklahoma
Starting Arts Rotation (STAR): July 15-26/Ages 8-11/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.

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, costume design, special effects and makeup and much more.

*Attending the summer session of the academy is a prerequisite for the fall session, spring session, and any additional session of the Chickasaw Arts Academy. Transportation is provided from Ada to Norman.

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

Application deadline April 15.

Chikashshaat Hoochokoshkomo “Chickasaws are Playing” Camp
July 23-24
Ages 8-18
Location TBD, Ada, Oklahoma

This day camp provides students the opportunity to learn the history of playing the traditional game of stickball. Students will also learn the fundamentals of lacrosse. Students will participate in stickball and lacrosse drills. Transportation is provided.

For more information, contact the language department at (580) 272-5592 or email LanguageDepartment@Chickasaw.net.

Application deadline April 15.

Chikasha Poya “We are Chickasaw”
Aug. 5-9
Incoming High School Freshman-Senior
Department of Culture & Humanities, Ada, Oklahoma

This five-day camp provides students the opportunity to have an in-depth Chickasaw language-learning experience. Students will be taught practical language with a focus on interactions with other tribal citizens. Students will participate in a cultural exchange with other Native American tribes and experience cultural enrichment through fun and engaging activities. Transportation is not provided.

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

Application deadline April 15.

Hayaka Unta “Into the Woods” Camp
Fall Camp: Oct. 11-13
Spring Camp: April 10-12, 2020
Ages 8-18/Chickasaw families
Camp Bond, Tishomingo, 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 not provided.

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

Application deadline August 15.

Halloween Lock-in
Oct. 25-26
Ages 8-13
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 event. Transportation is provided.

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

Application deadline August 15.

Soccer Clinic
Soccer Clinic 101: Dec. 19/Ages 6-8
Soccer Clinic II: Dec. 20/Ages 9-13

In this one-day soccer clinic, participants learn techniques from college-level coaches, dedicated to teaching students the fundamentals of soccer and teamwork. Transportation is not provided.

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

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

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

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