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Welcome 3rd & 4th Grades

Our list of activities and age groups is ever-growing!

For 2018, we’re adding a Trailblazers unit that is especially designed for older campers. Every two weeks, Trailblazers choose a specialty, which provides time for skill-building and exploring new interests. They also enjoy all that camp has to offer, including swim instruction and weekly trips to the beach.

Activities 

ARTS
Arts & Crafts • Dance • Drama & Improv • Israel Experience • Music

SPORTS
Basketball • Baseball • Floor Hockey • Gaga • Golf• Group Games • Martial Arts • Soccer • Volleyball • Yoga

STEM
Nature Explorers • Science

AQUATICS
Swim Lessons • Beach Days • Swim Team

Activities

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, field trips, undernighters and our annual Maccabi games.

Swim Program

Kids are taught how to swim at J Camp with the program that helps them feel comfortable learning to swim and progress at their own pace. The well-respected Lenny Krayzelburg Swim Academy is praised by parents for its effective, multi-step approach. 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. They pass through levels based on both formal and informal testing. Progress reports are sent home during the summer with a summary of skills your child is working on and those already mastered.

Apachi Hyde Park campers swim 4 days a week.

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 pool office before entering the pool area.

Transportation, Friends, Food, Wellness

Convenient carpool and drop-off and pick-up

We work to make your camper’s arrival and departure from camp as easy as possible. Please drive northbound on Cornell to enter the parking lot for both drop-off and pick-up. During drop-off, just pull up to the front door and wait for a counselor to help your camper out of the car.

For pick-up, please form two lanes of traffic (either lane is fine) and follow the directions of the staff in the lot (very important). Our staff will ask you who you are picking up and will bring your camper(s) to your car. Please do NOT get out of the car. Once your camper is safely in your car, please exit going southbound on Hyde Park Blvd.

Optional round trip bus

For an additional fee, families can select to have their children take the bus to and from camp. Buses are driven by licensed, professional drivers and supervised by Apachi staff. Campers are required to wear seatbelts at all times. We have bus stops available in the South Loop and West Loop. Our bus stops are “cluster stops” for groups of campers, not individual stops. We try to make the cluster stops convenient for families as well as safe and efficient.

For campers registered prior to April 15, you will select your bus stop from a list. Campers who register after April 15, will be assigned to a stop close to their home.

Friendship requests

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.

Food at camp

There is a hotdog cookout every Friday. The remainder of the week, please send along a sack lunch that we’ll refrigerate.

Food allergies

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 below:

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.

What families can expect from JCC Day Camps

Camp Responsibilities:

  • Camp staff will establish prevention protocols for the camp site.
    • Make plans so that campers with food allergies can be included in all activities.
    • Make sure ingredients of food provided at camp is available for parents to review.
    • Review the health records submitted by parents and physicians.
  • Assure that appropriate personnel are familiar with the use of epinephrine, where medication is located and the protocol for administering.
    • Arrange a training session before the start of camp.
    • Be in compliance with local and state regulations regarding the administration of medication.
  • Identify a camp emergency plan.
    • Arrange a meeting with camper and parents prior to the beginning of camp.
    • Assure that camp has the required authorization and appropriate medication to use in the event of contact.
    • Assure that anyone who will be in contact with the camper, including counselors and the unit head, know of the allergy, can recognize the symptoms of an allergic reaction and knows what action to take if a reaction occurs.
  • Discuss lunch plan with the family and child before the start of camp.  Every camper with a food allergy is encouraged to use a disposal tray during lunch. A new tray will be provided to the camper each day. The tray will create a barrier between the child’s food and the table and will also make it easier for staff to clearly identify children with food allergies during lunchtime.
  • Clearly explain to families that camp environments are not allergy-free because campers and staff can bring their own food to camp, including food that contains peanuts and tree-nuts.
  • Explain JCC Chicago’s no sharing policy to campers and staff.
  • Plan for field trips or off-site activities.
    • Confirm that any emergency medications and authorizations accompany the camper and the counselor to off-site activities.
    • Assign the unit head as the person to monitor or administer medication or auto injector.
    • Be sure there is a way to contact emergency assistance.
    • Refer to manufacturer’s instructions for proper storage.

Family Responsibility

Families should:

  • Notify the camp of the camper’s allergies or suspected allergies upon registration.
    • Use the camp application and/or health form and list the foods to which your child is allergic.
    • Arrange a meeting with the camp prior to your child’s first day. We suggest that the camper is present for this meeting so that the parents, child and staff can discuss a food allergy plan together.
    • Provide camp with a completed Illinois Food Allergy Action Plan and Treatment Authorization including a current photo: Due: April 15, 2018.
    • Consider sending a box of allergy-safe snacks for your child at the beginning of the summer.
  • Medication
    • All medication must be checked for expiration dates. Parents must be prepared to replace any expired, unsealed, or previously use medication.
    • Provide full set of auto-injectors, as prescribed by physician, in original packing, clearly labeled with the camper’s name.
  • Education
    • Educate your child about his/her food allergies
      • Safe and unsafe foods
      • Strategies for avoiding unsafe foods
      • Symptoms of allergic reactions
      • How and when to tell an adult about an allergic response

Camper Responsibility

All campers should:

  • Be aware of the foods to which they are allergic.
    • Never trade food with other campers.
    • Never eat something with unknown ingredients.
    • Always ask an adult when you don’t know the ingredients.
    • Tell an adult if a reaction seems to be starting, even if there is no visible appearance of an allergic response.
    • Never go off alone if symptoms are beginning.

JCC will follow the action plan that is agreed upon with the family, and which will be based on the full disclosure of the family. While the goal of the JCC is to provide a safe and inclusive environment, JCC does not represent that the allergy restrictions and action plans are appropriate for the particular camper. JCC will not assume any liability for the approach used.

 

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.

New for 2018:

Our list of activities for all age groups is ever-growing! Plus, we’re introducing a specialty program for Trailblazers so older campers can have choice in pursuing their interests.


Registration

Please see below for program descriptions and fees.

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Juniors | 3 Days | 3 & 4 Years

Setting the stage for your child’s lifelong love of camp, counselors specially trained to work with young campers make our Juniors feel safe and secure. Small group activities, including swim instruction, sports, games, art, dance and music emphasize participation, building confidence and having fun. The camp day ends at 1:00pm for Juniors. For an additional fee, campers can extend their days until 3:00pm.

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-10/9
Early Bird
10/10-2/28
Fee
3/1-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/25-8/17$1,460$1,460$1,510
Session 1 Plus | 6 Weeks6/25-8/3$1,190$1,230$1,275
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/2-8/17$1,190$1,230$1,275

 

Juniors | 5 Days | 3 & 4 Years

Setting the stage for your child’s lifelong love of camp, counselors specially trained to work with young campers make our Juniors feel safe and secure. Small group activities, including swim instruction, sports, games, art, dance and music emphasize participation, building confidence and having fun.

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-10/9
Early Bird
10/10-2/28
Fee
3/1-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/25-8/17$2,195$2,240$2,290
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/25-7/20$1,245$1,275$1,305
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/23-8/17$1,245$1,275$1,305
Session 1 Plus 6 Weeks6/26-8/2$1,850$1,890$1,935
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/9-8/17$1,850$1,890$1,935

 

Explorers | Grade K-2

The Explorers’ high energy day focuses on skill building, new activities, boosting self–esteem and forging new friendships. Kindergarten group are co-ed while first and second grades are single-gender and grade-specific. Explorers includes swim lessons, free swim, individual and team sports, drama, art and more.

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-10/9
Early Bird
10/10-2/28
Fee
3/1-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/25-8/17$2,560$2,605$2,655
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/25-7/20$1,455$1,485$1,515
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/23-8/17$1,455$1,485$1,515
Session 1 Plus 6 Weeks6/26-8/2$2,085$2,125$2,170
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/9-8/17$2,085$2,125$2,170

 

Trailblazers | Grade 3-4

The Trailblazers’ self–guided schedule keeps the experienced camper engaged and asking for more. In addition to participating in all of camp’s activities, every two weeks, Trailblazers choose a specialty, which allows for exploration, skill building and meeting new friends. The options change with each cycle, and there’s something for everyone: art, science, cooking, sports and more.

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-10/9
Early Bird
10/10-2/28
Fee
3/1-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/25-8/17$2,660$2,705$2,755
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/25-7/20$1,515$1,545$1,575
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/23-8/17$1,515$1,545$1,575
Session 1 Plus | 6 Weeks6/26-8/2$2,255$2,295$2,340
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/9-8/17$2,255$2,295$2,340

 

CIT | Grade 10

Develop leadership and communication skills, while serving as a role model for children. Successful completion of this program makes the CIT eligible to apply for a staff position the summer before entering 11th grade. Interview required.

SessionDatesFee
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/25-8/17$110
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/25-7/20$55
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/23-8/17$55
Session 1 Plus | 6 Weeks6/26-8/2$55
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/9-8/17$55

 

Taste of Apachi Flossmoor | Grade K-9

Start your camp experience early by attending Apachi Flossmoor for a week. Each day includes activities, swimming and round trip bus transportation.

SessionDatesFee
1 Week6/18-6/22$415

 

Additional Options

SessionFee
Before & After Care$140-840
Extended Day for Juniors$275-450

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Apachi Hyde Park + Chi Overnight Camp Combos | Grades 3-4

Interested in spending 2, 3 or 4 weeks at Camp Chi and the rest of the summer at Apachi Hyde Park? Call Josh at 773.753.3080 to learn more and sign up.

 

Sessions at Apachi Flossmoor | 3 yrs – Grade 9

Hyde Park campers can choose to enroll at Apachi Flossmoor. For more information about session options and programs, click here.


Try Chi

3rd–6th grade | Aug 12-15 | $349
Try Chi is the best way to get a taste of quality Jewish overnight camping. Campers meet new friends, and live in cabins with experienced, caring counselors who help them feel comfortable right away. They’ll feel the spirit of camp with cookouts, campfires, sing-alongs and great evening programs.

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Optional round trip bus

For an additional fee, families can select to have their children take the bus to and from camp. Buses are driven by licensed, professional drivers and supervised by Apachi staff. Campers are required to wear seatbelts at all times. We have bus stops available in the South Loop and West Loop. Our bus stops are “cluster stops” for groups of campers, not individual stops. We try to make the cluster stops convenient for families as well as safe and efficient.

Roundtrip Fees:
$300/4wk
$450/6wk
$600/8wk

For campers registered prior to April 15, you will select your bus stop from a list. Campers who register after April 15, will be assigned to a stop close to their home.

Proposed Bus Stops as of 8/22/17

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14th & Indiana
18th & Prarie
1034 N. Wells (Payton)
Racine & Monroe

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