At Apachi Old Town, different activities are offered for Explorers (K-2nd) and Trailblazers (3rd-7th). We focus on age-specific interests, providing more time for arts and music exploration for Explorers. Trailblazers choose specialties to hone their skills or pursue new interests in sports, creating and adventure. Our sports program offers a combination of skills and drills along with game play. Everyone comes together for daily opening assemblies, Shabbat celebrations, cookouts, theme days, field trips as well as our own fantastic carnival and Olympic themed Maccabi games.
Campers (K-2nd) are taught how to swim at Apachi 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. 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.
Aquatics Field Trips
Our certified lifeguards attend all water-based field trips, including beach days and kayak trips. Along with our experienced counselors and unit heads, lifeguards provide additional supervision on all trips. We contract with experienced providers for all water adventure trips. If you are concerned that your camper’s swim skills are not strong enough to participate in one of our aquatics field trips, please alert us prior to the day of the trip.
Transportation, Friends, Food, Wellness
Our convenient carpool line helps your camper get to their group easily and speed you on your way. 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, downtown and Hyde Park (express). 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.
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.
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 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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
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.