Our incredible specialty 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. 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.  And we never forget the sports, arts and crafts, swimming, field trips and other special activities that make camp so Apachi.

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 Sport’s 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


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

Kids living within our designated boundaries may be transported both ways by bus for an additional fee. Pick-up and drop-off spots are a combination of door-to-door, corner and cluster stops; they are based on safety, efficiency and enrollment. Buses are driven by licensed, professional drivers, and staffed by JCC bus counselors who make sure campers stay buckled in their seats at all times. Campers living outside JCC Apachi Northside boundaries are responsible for their own transportation to and from camp.

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.


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

Many children with various food allergies attend our camps every summer. Therefore, we ask that kids don’t share their lunches. We work with each family individually to create an allergy plan that meets your child’s needs. To discuss your child’s specific food allergies, please call the camp director.

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.



K–2nd grade
$2465 | 6 weeks

$1855 | 4 weeks
The Explorers’ high–energy day focuses on skill–building, new activities, boosting self–esteem and forging new friendships. Groups are single-gender and grade-specific. Explorers includes daily swim lessons, free swim, individual and team sports, performance and mixed media–arts and field trips!



3rd–6th grade
$2785 | 6 weeks

$2100 | 4 weeks
The Pioneer’s self-guided schedule keeps the experienced camper asking for more. Children create a personalized summer by choosing among team sports, cultural, performance, fine arts and more. Campers cool off in the pool with swim instruction and free swim. Field trips add to the fun.


Performing & Theater Arts Camp with Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop

3rd–6th grade
$2785| 6 weeks

Have a budding actress or actor in your house?  Let their creativity soar this summer as  professional actors/teaching artists from Chicago’s own Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop  lead campers through an exciting summer-long journey of self-expression, culminating in a final performance on the professional stage of Northside College Prep.

During a two hour block each morning, campers take part in every aspect of theater production including costume, set and prop design as they create, develop and perform their very own original 40 minute musical. Drama games foster creativity, self-expression and teamwork and help build a cohesive ensemble. Our intense, but fun rehearsal process results in a show which campers, parents and families can be proud of.

Each afternoon, campers participate in all the activities and experience everything that makes being at Apachi Northside so amazing!


Counselors in Training

8th–10th grade
$1110 | 6 weeks

$740 | 4 weeks
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.


Try Chi – Overnight Camp Experience

3rd–6th grade
Kids find out what it’s like to experience an authentic sleep-away camp, but for a shorter period of time. Campers explore all of Camp Chi’s great overnight camp activities with counselors who specialize in easing the transition.


Day/Overnight Camp Combos

4th-6th grade
Combine JCC Apachi Northside J Camp with 2 or 4 weeks of amazing overnight camp at JCC Camp Chi to create an extraordinary summer!

Apa•Chi +2 | $3775
2 weeks at Camp Chi, finishing with 4 weeks back at J Camp.

Apa•Chi +3 | $4775
4 weeks at Camp Chi, finishing with 5 weeks back at J Camp.

Apa•Chi +4 | $5100
4 weeks at Camp Chi combined with 4 weeks at J Camp.


Mini Camp

June 20-24 | Bradley Sports Center| K–2nd grade | $350
Spend a week with Apachi J Camp at Bradley Sports Center before the core summer program begins. Campers will participate in sports, arts, group games, theme days and much more.

Kindergarten  1st Grade  2nd Grade 3rd Grade  4th Grade  5th Grade

August 15-19 | UIC | K-3rd grade | $500
Extend your summer fun for one more exciting week, or discover the Apachi J Camp experience for the first time! Our high-energy day focuses on skill-building, trying new activities, boosting self-esteem and forging new friendships. Camp activities include swimming, sports, arts and crafts, and much more.

Kindergarten  1st Grade  2nd Grade  3rd Grade

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