So Much to Do! 

ARTS & CULTURE
Arts & Crafts • Ceramics • Dance • Drama • Israel Experience • Music

SPORTS
Archery • Baseball & Softball • Basketball • Floor Hockey • Gaga • Golf • Soccer • Tae Kwon Do • Volleyball

ADVENTURE
Challenge Course • Climbing Wall • Outdoor Cooking • Zipline

SCIENCE
Ecology • Garoon Gateway to Science • STEAM Projects

SWIMMING
Twice Daily Lessons & Free Swim

Activities

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 using a 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 American Red Cross certified lifeguards. Our 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.

Transportation, Friends, Food, Wellness

Transportation

Optional round trip bus transportation for campers living within our designated boundaries is available for a 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.

Food

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 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.

The nurse, is in

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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.

Registration

Please see below for program descriptions and fees.

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Juniors | 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 sports, games, art, dance and music emphasize participation, building confidence and having fun. Campers swim twice daily with one period of swim instruction and one period of supervised water play. (requires toilet training)

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-11/5
Early Bird
11/6-2/28
Fee
3/1-Camp
Full Summer | 3 Days | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$1,765$2,085$2,135
Full Summer | 4 Days | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$2,350$2,670$2,720
Full Summer | 5 Days | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$2,730$3,050$3,100
Session 1 | 5 Days | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$1,580$1,730$1,780
Session 2 | 5 Days | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$1,580$1,730$1,780
Session 1 Plus | 3 Days | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$1,600$1,750$1,800
Session 1 Plus | 4 Days | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$1,910$2,060$2,110
Session 1 Plus | 5 Days | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$2,410$2,560$2,610
Session 2 Plus | 3 Days | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$1,600$1,750$1,780
Session 2 Plus | 4 Days | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$1,9102,060$2,110
Session 2 Plus | 5 Days | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$2,410$2,560$2,610

 

Explorers | K-Grade 3

The Explorers’ high–energy day focuses on skill–building, new activities, boosting self–esteem and forging new friendships. Explorers includes daily swim lessons, free swim, individual and team sports, performance and mixed media–arts, field trips and undernighters.

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-11/5
Early Bird
11/6-2/28
Fee
3/1-Camp
Full Summer | 5 Days | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$2,730$3,050$3,100
Session 1 | 5 Days | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$1,580$1,730$1,780
Session 2 | 5 Days | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$1,580$1,730$1,780
Session 1 Plus | 5 Days | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$2,410$2,560$2,610
Session 2 Plus | 5 Days | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$2,410$2,560$2,610

 

Pioneers | Grades 4-5

The Pioneers self-guided schedule keeps the experienced camper asking for more.Children create a personalized summer by choosing among competitive and individual athletics, performance, fine arts, science and more. Campers cool off twice daily in the pool with one period for swim instruction and one period for free play. Field trips and two undernighters add to the fun.

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-11/5
Early Bird
11/6-2/28
Fee
3/1-Camp
Full Summer | 5 Days | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$3,215$3,535$3,585
Session 1 | 5 Days | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$1,845$1,995$2,045
Session 2 | 5 Days | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$1,845$1,995$2,045
Session 1 Plus | 5 Days | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$2,745$2,895$2,945
Session 2 Plus | 5 Days | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$2,745$2,895$2,945

 

Pioneers | Grades 6-7

The Pioneers self-guided schedule keeps the experienced camper asking for more. Children create a personalized summer by choosing among competitive and individual athletics, performance, fine arts, science and more. Campers cool off twice daily in the pool with one period for swim instruction and one period for free play. Two or three weekly field trips and two undernighters add to the fun.

SessionDatesPriority Price
9/12-11/5
Early Bird
11/6-2/28
Fee
3/1-Camp
Full Summer | 5 Days | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$3,295$3,535$3,585
Session 1 | 5 Days | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$1,920$2,070$2,120
Session 2 | 5 Days | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$1,920$2,070$2,120
Session 1 Plus | 5 Days | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$2,820$2,970$3,020
Session 2 Plus | 5 Days | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$2,820$2,970$3,020

 

CIT | Grade 8-10

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.

SessionDatesFee
Full Summer | 5 Days | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$1,780
Session 1 | 5 Days | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$1,005
Session 2 | 5 Days | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$1,005
Session 1 Plus | 5 Days | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$1,440
Session 2 Plus | 5 Days | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$1,440

 

Additional Options

SessionFee
Before & After Care$290-850
Transportation$275-860

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Elaine Frank Apachi + Chi Overnight Combos

Combine JCC Elaine Frank Apachi J Camp with 2, 3 or 4 weeks of amazing overnight camp at JCC Camp Chi to create an extraordinary summer!

SessionDatesGradesFeeCanteen + Trip Account
Chi Session 1A + EFA Session 26/17-8/104-7$6,035$120 + $35
Chi Session 1B + EFA 5 Weeks6/17-8/104-7$5,550$120 + $35
EFA Session 1 + Chi Session 26/17-8/104-7$6,035$120 + $35
EFA 6 Weeks + Chi Mini Session 16/17-8/103-7$5,060$75
EFA 6 Weeks + Chi Mini Session 26/17-8/103-7$5,060$75

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