We’re the secret sauce of summer for over 4,000 children throughout the Chicago area.
Every Summer, the J Camps -Apachi and Neighborhood Camps- (each with its own special blend of camp) become the place where kids learn to spread their wings, test the waters, push their envelope and find their bliss.
The J Camps offer a breathtaking array of classes, activities, field trips and special days. We can go old school with songs, swimming, theater and arts and crafts. We can go new school with yoga, juggling and video. We go where our campers can discover new experiences in a safe environment giving them the freedom to explore who they really are, play in a bully-free zone, and find out what it means to be a friend.
And we always go to a place where campers are embraced by the spirit of the Jewish community. Shabbat Fridays bring campers a little closer together as they celebrate J Camp style. Maccabi games give our campers the chance to compete in this uniquely Jewish sporting event. And an Israeli Shuk can turn a camp into Jerusalem – if only for a day.
But it’s our staff, (so many who were campers themselves) – cultivating cooperation, kindness and friendship – who build the foundation of a Jewish community.
We know we’ve done our job if our campers never want the day to end. Never want the summer to be over. Never want to lose the feeling they belong – just the way they are.