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Fun & Activities 

Arts & Crafts • Baseball & T-Ball • Basketball • Dance • Drama & Improv • Field Trips • Flag Football • Floor Hockey • Gaga • Martial Arts • Music • Soccer • Sports & Games • Swim Lessons & Free Swim • Theme & Dress Up Days • Volleyball

Plus… Specialty Camps

Performing Arts Camp • Sports Camp

Activities

Our traditional camp experience encourages campers to try everything! Artists-in-residence visit regularly to teach magic, juggling, percussion, cooking and more. Campers participate in a wide variety of activities ranging from arts and crafts, sports, drama, swimming and martial arts to name a few! And, everyone comes together for Friday Shabbat celebrations, cookouts, theme days, field trips and our annual Maccabi games.

Swim Program

Kids are taught how to swim at 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 JCC aquatics staff creates a safe, confidence-building environment for JCC J campers. Safety is our priority and all members of the JCC aquatics staff are certified lifeguards with CPR training for the professional rescuer.

We have at least two lifeguards safeguarding the pool at all times. Counselors are in the water with the children and each swim group has a swim instructor staffing the group.

Testing, placement, progress reports

Campers who are new to JCC Day Camp are tested at the beginning of summer and placed in an appropriate swim level based on specific skills. We will let you know testing dates and ask you to bring your camper to the pool in a swimsuit, ready for testing.

Campers pass out of levels through both formal and informal testing throughout the summer. Twice during the summer, you will receive swim progress reports which share the skills swimmers are currently working on as well as accomplishments.

Observing swim lessons

If you are interested in observing swim instruction, please contact the camp office at 847.763.3511.

Transportation, Friends, Food, Wellness

Convenient carpool drop-off and pick-up

Morning drop-off is a breeze. Three convenient carpool lines help your camper get to their group easily and speed you on your way. Just enter the lot and look for the sign for your child’s group. 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 skip off hand in hand 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 lines again. We’ll bring your child to you, buckle them in, and you will be on your way.

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 entering the same grade.

Food at summer camp

A hotdog cookout is provided each Friday. A pizza lunch is offered on Mondays for an additional cost. (Pizza is not available the first Monday of the camp season.) Campers who don’t wish to participate in cookouts and pizza are welcome to bring their own lunch on those days as well. We keep sack lunches in coolers; don’t forget to write your camper’s name on the bag.

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 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.

 

Registration

Please see below for program descriptions and fees.

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Juniors | 4 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 games, art, dance and music emphasize participation, building confidence and having fun. Three-year-olds have swim instruction twice each week while four-year-olds head to the pool for swim instruction three times each week.

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-10/9
Early Bird
10/10-3/31
Fee
4/1-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$1,155$1,205$1,555
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$615$645$815
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$615$645$815
Session 1 Plus | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$1,015$1,045$1,215
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$1,015$1,045$1,215

 

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 games, art, dance and music emphasize participation, building confidence and having fun. Three-year-olds have swim instruction twice each week while four-year-olds head to the pool for swim instruction three times each week.

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-10/9
Early Bird
10/10-3/31
Fee
4/1-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$1,400$1,450$1,800
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$815$845$1,015
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$815$845$1,015
Session 1 Plus | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$1,240$1,270$1,440
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$1,240$1,270$1,440

 

Chaverim | Grades K-3

Nonstop fun-filled days are packed with opportunities to enjoy new and favorite activities all while developing friendships. Campers in grade-specific groups improve their skills and build self-esteem in all of our awesome activities, including instructional/free swim four times a week. Exciting field trips and our third grade undernighter build your camper’s independence and self-confidence.

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-10/9
Early Bird
10/10-3/31
Fee
4/1-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$1,695$1,745$2,095
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$965$995$1,165
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$965$995$1,165
Session 1 Plus | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$1,490$1,520$1,690
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$1,490$1,520$1,690

 

Chaverim Plus | Grades 4-7

Experienced campers spend three days a week enjoying all the camp has to offer and two days going out on field trips across Chicagoland. While at camp, they participate in daily swim instruction, activities and special events. The fun continues after camp hours at our annual Chaverim Plus undernighter.

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-10/9
Early Bird
10/10-3/31
Fee
4/1-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$1,980$2,030$2,380
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$1,160$1,190$1,360
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$1,160$1,190$1,360
Session 1 Plus | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$1,750$1,780$1,950
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$1,750$1,780$1,950

 

Sports | Grades 2-7

Enthusiastic athletes find more choice, variety, and league play in this competitive sports program focusing on personal growth and sportsmanship. Through fun skill drills, exciting team-building activities and game play, campers develop new techniques, refine their abilities and improve teamwork. Swim instruction/free swim takes place four times per week, our super-sports undernighter and field trips to sports venues, water parks and exciting attractions add to the fun.

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-10/9
Early Bird
10/10-3/31
Fee
4/1-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$1,755$1,805$2,155
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$1,030$1,060$1,230
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$1,030$1,060$1,230
Session 1 Plus | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$1,555$1,585$1,755
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$1,555$1,585$1,755

 

Performing Arts Camp | Grades 3-8

Guided by professional actors and artists, campers develop their acting, dance, musical theatre, improvisation, stage makeup and backstage skills. Each session features a performance that includes every camper. Swim instruction/free swim, 4 times a week, plus field trips to theatres, galleries, museums and water parks create a well-rounded summer.

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-10/9
Early Bird
10/10-3/31
Fee
4/1-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$1,755$1,805$2,155
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$1,030$1,060$1,230
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$1,030$1,060$1,230

 

CIT | Grades 8-10

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

SessionDatesFee
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$1,040
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$480
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$480
Session 1 Plus | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$730
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$730

 

Additional Options

SessionFee
Before & After Care$180-600
Pizza Lunch$35-65

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Apachi Skokie + Chi Combos

Interested in spending 2, 3 or 4 weeks at Camp Chi and the rest of the summer at Apachi Skokie? Call Wendy at 773.516.5883 to learn more and sign up.


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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