West Suburban YMCA Opens New Lodge Named After Watertown Educator

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West Suburban YMCA The new Loch Lodge was recently completed at the West Suburban YMCA’s Camp Chickami in Wayland.

The West Suburban YMCA celebrated the completion of Loch Lodge at Camp Chickami in Wayland on Oct. 17 with a ribbon cutting ceremony. 

West Suburban YMCA The West Suburban YMCA held a ribbon cutting for the new Loch Lodge at Camp Chickami. Pictured, from left, Jim Lochiatto, Jack Fucci, Ned Morse, State Rep. Carmine Gentile, Lisa Hellmuth Thomas, Steven Kendall, Joe Albanese, and John Federico.

The new multipurpose building is named in honor of Chickami legend Jim “Loch” Lochiatto, a longtime Watertown educator who was involved with the camp for more than 40 summers.  Y leaders will thank donors to its capital campaign during a ribbon-cutting ceremony with special guests including state Rep. Carmine Gentile. 

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A look inside the Loch Lodge at the West Suburban YMCA’s Camp Chickami.

Since it opened in 1955, Camp Chickami has doubled its capacity to nearly 300 children but the physical space had not kept up with the growth – until the development of Loch Lodge.  The new building, constructed by Commodore Builders of Waltham, will house administrative offices, a nurse’s station, restrooms and a multi-purpose space that is much-needed on rainy days.

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