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This summer we welcome 4 year-olds to our Juniors program filled with activities perfect for preschoolers – yoga, tumbling, sports, rhythm, swimming, art play and more.


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

We offer two group bus sites. 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 staffed by JCC bus counselors who make sure campers stay buckled in their seats at all times.

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

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!

2016 Camper FAQ


Early Bird Pricing Ends November 15

Register early and save $150 off of 7 week sessions and $75 off of 3 or 4 week sessions.


4–year olds
$2935| 7 weeks

$1285 | first session
$1975 | second session
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 daily swim instruction, sports, games, art, dance and music emphasize participation, building confidence and fun.



K–2nd grade
$2935 | 7 weeks

$1285 | first session
$1975 | second session

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, drama, art and more.



3rd–6th grade
$3315 | 7 weeks

$1395 | first session
$2140 | second session

The Trailblazers’ self–guided schedule keeps the experienced camper engaged and asking for more.

Every two or three weeks, Trailblazers choose a new specialty activity, which allows for skill building, exploration and meeting new friends. The options change with each cycle, and there’s something for everyone: sports, science, cooking, art and more. Specialties are led by experienced instructors.

For actors, we partner with Dream Big Performing Arts Workshop to stage two productions. Trailblazers will have the option of selecting theater as their specialty for either session 1 or session 2.

Trailblazers participate in general camp activities as well including swimming, all-camp events and field trips.

3rd-6th Grades are Now Trailblazers (formerly Pioneers)
Trailblazers provides an opportunity for campers to gain new skills while also enjoying all the fun of Apachi Northside. Campers choose their specialties. There’s something for everyone: sports, science, cooking, art, theater and more.


Apachi Sports

3rd–6th grade
$3315 | 7 weeks
$1395 | first session
$2140 | second session
All Sports, All the Time. Apachi Sports campers participate in a full menu of team sports and sports field trips. Campers spend mornings receiving instruction from Hot Shot Sports coaches. Afternoons include daily swimming and other fitness and athletic activities.

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3rd–6th grade
$1075 | 2 weeks
Budding biologists, engineers, environmentalists and artists explore living things and our world throughout hands-on activities and experiments. Campers will explore life science by collecting samples, learning about habitats, planting trees, constructing bird houses and recording findings in a technology gateway. Plus, there’s time each day for swimming.

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Counselors in Training

8th–10th grade
$1275 | 7 weeks

$570| first session
$755 | second session

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 Out Camp Chi

Try Chi

3rd–6th grade | Aug 13-16 | $339
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.


Try Chi Sports

3rd–6th grade | Aug 13-16 | $339
Experience the best of Camp Chi with an activity schedule of mostly team and individual sports – with a bit of time spent at other Chi favorites. Try Chi Sports campers will be grouped and live in cabins together to enjoy evening programs, cookouts and more.


Day/Overnight Camp Combos

4th-6th grade
Combine Apachi Northside J Camp with 2, 3 or 4 weeks of amazing overnight camp at JCC Camp Chi to create an extraordinary summer! Combos are available to campers in Trailblazers and Apachi Sports.

Northside 3 weeks + Chi 2 weeks + Northside 2 weeks | $4625
2 weeks at Apachi Northside, 2 weeks at Camp Chi, finishing with 2 weeks back at Apachi.

Chi 3 weeks + Northside 5 weeks | $4775
3 weeks at Camp Chi, finishing with 5 weeks at Apachi Northside.

Chi 4 weeks + Northside 4 Weeks | $5100
4 weeks at Chi and then 4 weeks at Apachi Northside.


Before and after care are available

Before Care | 8:15am-9:30am
After Care | 3:15pm-5:00pm

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