New! Israel Village

Imagine a place at camp that transports campers to Israel. Our Israel Village will encourage campers to connect to Israel, provide knowledge about Israel’s land and history and, ultimately, inspire campers to become advocates for Israel and the Jewish people. Combining art and science, our program will bring Israel to life with:

  • A pavilion with an archeological dig site
  • Vegetable garden with ingredients for Israeli food
  • Large, interactive map of Israel
  • Water filtration and desalinization section


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, under/overnighters 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

Campers are taught how to swim 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 for the professional rescuer training. Our certified aquatics staff teaches swimming in a safe, confidence-building environment.

JCC Elaine Frank Apachi campers swim twice a day with swim instruction in the morning and free swim in the afternoon.

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. They’re also tested for endurance and water safety and will wear colored wrist bands noting their level. This way they can swim safely and comfortably in an appropriate swim area during free swim times. Progress reports are sent home during the summer with a summary of skills your child is working on and those already mastered.

Observing swim lessons

You can observe your child’s swim lessons on observation days, but we recommend that these visits are limited to 30 minutes, once per session. We find that kids progress nicely and build independence on their own. If you do come to watch, please check in at the camp office before entering the camp grounds.

Transportation, Friends, Food, Wellness


Optional round trip bus transportation for campers living within our designated boundaries is available for a fee. are transported door-to-door both ways by bus, which is included in your fee. Bus pick-up and drop-off locations are a combination of door-to-door, corner and cluster stops. Locations are determined based on registration and routes are designed to be as efficient as possible. Routes may change from summer to summer depending on 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.

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.


A pizza lunch is provided on Tuesdays and there is a hotdog cookout every Friday. 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.

The nurse, is in

Our full-time registered nurse is on-site all summer to treat minor injuries and prescribe campers a little “tlc” when needed. If your child visits the nurse, you will receive a note describing the treatment. In the rare event of a serious injury, you will be notified immediately and, if you are unavailable, we will contact those on your emergency calling list.

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