Overnight Camp

Overnight camp sessions consist of campfires, skits, and pure fun with friends on the shores of Lake Guntersville.

About Overnight Camp

Ages 8 to 14 years old

Overnight Camp is a place where boys and girls ages 8 to 14 build self-confidence, independence and lifelong friendships in a traditional camp experience. Overnight campers enjoy a variety of activities and exciting day trips from rock climbing to spelunking!

At Cha-La-Kee, our campers discover not just the wonders of the outdoors but the joy of exploring their unique skills and strengths to benefit their cabin groups and the entire camp community. Kids will also get to experience the magic of telling stories around a campfire on a summer night full of stars. Year after year, friendships are strengthened and skills for life are built.


Cabin Life

The Camp Cha-La-Kee experience

There is nothing more central to the camp experience than cabin life! Overnight campers are divided by gender and age into small groups of 10 campers and housed in air-conditioned cabins with adult counselors. In this small group setting, our campers learn communication, trust, patience, empathy and teamwork.

At the end of each day, campers and staff have cabin chat where they take time to talk about their experiences and lessons learned.

Camp Cha-La-Kee Excursions

Our full-week overnight campers get to experience a fun day trip to an outdoor location in North Alabama. These adventures are separated by age groups and are included in the overnight camp rate.


Cathedral Caverns

Ages 8-10

Hiking in the magical underground world of Cathedral Caverns is a perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day where the temp is a constant 60°F year ‘round. Kids will learn about rock formations and geology on the subterranean eco-tour.


Tigers for Tomorrow

Ages 11-12

Kids will tour the animal preserve featuring more than 80 large predators including tigers, leopards, wolves & bears! They'll get to pet and feed the friendly farm animals, too.


Little River Canyon

Ages 13-14

Teens will learn the basics of top rope rock climbing and bouldering with certified instructors on some of the South’s most scenic crags.

Raggers Program

For Ages 12+

This optional, worldwide goal-setting program is available for campers ages 12 and up at our overnight camp. Rags are outward symbols of the acceptance of an inner challenge for personal and Christian growth. Mentors will work with those in the Raggers program to develop short-term and long-term goals for personal growth. This is a great opportunity for your tween or teen to grow in so many ways alongside their peers.

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Dates and Rates

Overnight Camp 2020

June 8-July 31, 2020

Y Members: $525/week
Community Members: $675/week

We offer financial assistance for families who qualify. Please contact us to learn more.

See What a Cha-La-Kee Parent Has to Say:

My child came home from camp more confident and independent than he has ever been.  He was nervous to go but now can’t wait to go back. I’m so glad we sent him.

Make Your Child's Summer the Best One Yet!

It’s never too early to plan for your child’s upcoming summer break. YMCA Camp Cha-La-Kee will give your child fond memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

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