Our traditional camp experience encourages campers to try everything! Artists-in-residence visit weekly to teach magic, juggling, percussion, cooking and more. Campers participate in a wide variety of activities ranging from arts and crafts, sports, drama, swimming, martial arts and gymnastics to name a few! And everyone comes together for Friday Shabbat celebrations, cookouts, theme days and our annual Maccabi games.
Our certified aquatics staff teaches swimming in a safe, confidence-building environment. Safety is our priority and all members of our aquatics staff are certified lifeguards with CPR training.
Testing, placement, progress reports
Campers are tested at the beginning of summer and placed in an appropriate swim level based on their skills. Progress reports are sent home during the summer with a summary of skills your child is working on and those already mastered.
JCC Anita M. Stone day campers swim twice a day.
Observing swim lessons
You can observe your child’s swim lessons on observation days, but we recommend that these visits are limited to 30 minutes, once per session. We find that kids progress nicely and build independence on their own. If you do come to watch, please check in at the camp office before entering the camp grounds.
Transportation, Friends, Food, Wellness
Convenient carpool and drop-off
When dropping off your camper in the morning and picking up in the afternoon, please enter the parking lot and drive past the front of the building to the far parking lot. In the morning, counselors will help your camper out of the car and direct him to his camp group. In the afternoon the staff will have your child ready for you when you pull to the front of the line. When exiting onto Governor’s Hwy., please turn right so that we do not back up on 196th St.
Late? If your camper is arriving late to camp, please bring him to the camp office to check in.
Early? If you are picking up your camper early, please notify the camp office ahead of time so we can have your child ready for you. All early pick-ups must be made by 2:45pm.
Buses for Beverly and Hyde Park campers
Bus service for families in the Beverly area (K–9th) may be available for an additional fee. Call the camp office for information.
Round-trip bus service from Hyde Park JCC is included for Anita M. Stone JCC campers. Campers are picked up at Hyde Park JCC at 8:00am and return at 4:30pm.
Campers can submit friendship requests in the spring and we will do our best to accommodate mutual requests as long as campers are the same gender and entering the same grade.
JCC campers are separated by the grade they are entering in the fall. These supervised units are made up of single gender groups with about 12 to 18 campers per group, depending on the campers’ ages. We consider friendship requests, age and gender when grouping our campers.
Food at J Camp
We offer a fun hotdog cookout lunch each Wednesday and yummy pizza lunches on Mondays and Fridays for an additional fee. Campers bring lunch on Tuesday and Thursday. Campers who do not sign up for pizza and/or hotdogs bring their lunches on these days as well. We keep sack lunches refrigerated; don’t forget to write your camper’s name on the bag.
Safety and inclusion are top priorities at JCC Chicago Day Camps. Our camps are committed to being allergy-safe. While our camps are not allergen-free, we strive to make our camp environments as safe as possible for children with food allergies using a customized approach and working closely with each family to develop an action plan for the child. More information can be found in JCC Chicago’s Day Camping Food Allergy Policy.
Immunizations & Health Forms
To participate in camp, campers must have a completed health form signed by a physician on file. We also require documentation of immunizations. More information can be found in JCC Chicago’s Immunization Policy for Programs Requiring Completed Health Forms.
Frequently Asked Questions
We know that you have all sorts of questions about camp. Some of them we have answered for you already!