So Much to Do!

ARTS & EXPRESSION
Arts & Crafts • Circus • Cooking • Creative Writing • Dance • Drama & Improv • Israel Experience • Music • Theater Performance

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

STEAM
Nature Explorers • Earth Science

SWIMMING
Lessons • Swim Team

Activities

Our program encourages campers to explore and try a little bit everything. Artists-in-residence visit weekly to expose campers to exciting experiences and teach new skills through magic, juggling, percussion, dance and other activities. At Apachi Northside, sports is non-competitive with a philosophy of fun and “play for the sake of play.” Everyone comes together for Shabbat celebrations, cookouts, theme days, field trips, parent nights, as well as our own fantastic carnival and Olympic themed Maccabi games.

Swim Program

Our aquatics staff is supervised by Northside Aquatics Swim Club. They teach 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.

Our aquatics director

Carlos Ceja is currently the Head Coach of Northside Aquatics Club. He holds a B.S. in Kinesiology and majored in Movement Science at University of Illinois-Chicago. Carlos coached swimmers, divers and water polo players that went on to compete at the collegiate level. In May of 2011, he was inducted into Roosevelt High School Sports Hall of Fame. Carlos is certified in American Sports Education, as a Water-Safety Instructor, for Safety Training of Swim Coaches and Lifeguard, First Aid, CPR and AED Essentials. He is also a member of a number of swim associations including being a Level 3 Coach and life member of the American Swimming Coaches Association.

Transportation, Friends, Food, Wellness

Drop-Off

Our convenient carpool line helps your camper get to their group easily and speed you on your way. Just enter the lot towards the south end of the building and follow the path around to the drop off areas in front of the building. A staff member will come to your car rain or shine to help your child out of their seat. You’ll get to see your camper with a smiling counselor by their side and you never even have to get out of your car. At pick up time, just use the carpool line again. We will bring your child to you, buckle them in, and you will be on your way.

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 routes from several neighborhoods on the city’s north side. 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

We provide pizza lunch on Wednesdays and a hotdog cookout on Fridays as well as a daily snack. For 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.

 

Summers of Fun, a Lifetime of Hebrew

4 years – 2nd grade
June 25 – August 10 | 7 Weeks
9:30am-3:15pm

Apachi Ivrit combines all the fun of Apachi Northside while exposing campers to conversational Hebrew, by listening and speaking with counselors and friends.

Campers play, laugh, sing, swim, run and create in the warmth of a close-knit camp group. Campers come home each day proud of their new language skills – along with new friendships, great camp memories and a love of Hebrew.

From the moment camp begins, all aspects of the camp day, excluding instructional swim, are conducted in Hebrew. Campers learn Hebrew by doing activities they already enjoy. Through art projects, campers discover Hebrew words for shapes and colors. Music and games expose campers to other Hebrew terms and phrases, which are continually reviewed and reinforced during the 7 weeks of camp.

Our counselors come from Israel and the United States. They have fluency in Hebrew as well as a strong understanding of child development.

Call Abby Ashkenazi, Program Director, at 847.763.3627 with any questions. Space is limited.

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Camp in Action

By the last week of camp, most campers do more than understand Hebrew – they can speak Hebrew! The last camper to talk into the magic microphone didn’t just answer the question, he asked for ice cream. This is a great example of what happens in a fun, playful, immersive environment. What makes it exceptional is that he had little or no exposure to Hebrew prior to Apachi Ivrit.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The word Ivrit  translates as Hebrew.  It is pronounced “eev-reet”.

‘Z’ Frank Apachi

June 18-August 10, 2018 | 9:30am-3:30pm daily

Apachi Northside

June 15-August 10, 2018 | 9:30am-3:15pm daily

This program is tailored to the development and interests of campers in preschool and early elementary school, 4 years – 2nd grade.

Apachi Ivrit campers experience the full schedule of activities at ‘Z’ Frank Apachi and Apachi Northside. Campers travel in groups with their counselors and participate in swimming, art, sports, boating, music and more.

From the moment camp begins, all aspects of the camp day, excluding instructional swim, are conducted in Hebrew.  Counselors look for opportunities to provide language in a real-life context.They greet, respond and provide instruction in Hebrew. The continuous hours of being immersed in Hebrew helps campers absorb it naturally while doing the activities they already enjoy.  Our counselors are carefully trained to provide authentic, replicable dialogue, while playing games, learning skills and enjoying all camp has to offer so that campers can internalize and absorb language habits from their environment.

In addition to having fun, enjoying the outdoors and trying new activities, Apachi Ivrit provides campers with a growing sense of self esteem in addition to language skills and learning about a new culture. An early start is an advantage for language learning and this early exposure has may provide lifelong cognitive and academic advantages in areas such as creativity, problem solving, executive function and even mental math.

Our counselors come from Israel and the United States. They have native fluency in Hebrew as well as a strong understanding of child development. Every counselor has been personally interviewed by a camp director. Children learn language at different speeds and levels and Apachi Ivrit focuses on the camper and supporting unique individual growth. Materials and resources are created with the personal interests of the campers and individual skill levels in mind.

Our program is open to any camper. Previous knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Observation of returning campers shows that they recoup their language gains from the previous summer within less than three weeks providing them with at least four to five weeks to build higher levels of proficiency.

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 routes from several neighborhoods on the city’s north side. 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.

Proposed Bus Stops as of 3/19/18

View all stops on a map

524 W. Melrose (Heller JCC)
1034 N. Wells (Payton)
2500 W. Patterson
2625 N. Orchard (Alcott Elementary)
2750 N. Paulina
Bell & Belle Plaine
California & Armitage
California & Logan
Campbell & Cuyler
Clifton & Dickens
Clark & Cullom
Damen & Ainslie
Damen & Byron
Damen & Roscoe
Damen & Waveland
Damen & Wilson
Glenwood & Balmoral
Grace & Pine Grove

Hoyne & Homer
Kenmore & Maud
Leavitt & Roscoe
Leavitt & Shakespeare
Leavitt & Wilmont
Leavitt & Wilson
Marshfield & Byron
Mohawk & Wisconsin
Montrose & Damen
Racine & Wellington
Southport & Grace
Southport & Roscoe
Southport & Wrightwood
Surf & Sheridan
Wayne & Belden
Willow & Dayton
Winchester & Balmoral
Wolcott & Wabansia

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