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.

Save up to $300 with CampStart.

Our CampStart program applies to eight-week camp and includes $300 off for 1st-time campers. Offer good for children entering 2nd grade or younger and applied after registration.

Afternoons at Apachi

Campers stay and play with us from 3:15-5:15pm on Mondays-Fridays. Weekly options include Chicago Wind Soccer, Super Soccer Stars and Chicago School of Golf.

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Junior Explorers

3 & 4 year-olds | 3, 4 & 5 day options
5 Day: $2850| 8 weeks or $1625 | 4 weeks
4 Day: $2430 | 8 weeks
3 Day: $2250 | 8 weeks

Setting the stage for your child’s lifelong love of camp, counselors specially trained to work with young campers make our Junior Explorers 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)



K–3rd grade
$2850 | 8 weeks

$1625 | 4 weeks
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!



4th–5th grade | $3120 8 weeks or $1780 4 weeks
6th-7th grade | $3270 8 weeks or $1820 4 weeks

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


Counselors-in-Training (CIT)

8th–10th grade
$1610 | 8 weeks

$915 | 4 weeks
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 Chi – Overnight Camp Experience

3rd–6th grade | Aug 16-19 | $329
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.


Day/Overnight Camp Combos

4th-7th grade
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!

Apa•Chi +2 | $4250
2 weeks at J Camp, 2 weeks at Camp Chi, finishing with 4 weeks back at J Camp.
Or, 4 weeks at J Camp, 2 weeks at Camp Chi, finishing with 2 weeks back at J Camp.

Apa•Chi +3 | $4780
3 weeks at Camp Chi, finishing with 5 weeks at J Camp.

Apa•Chi +4 | $5555
4 weeks at J Camp combined with 4 weeks at Camp Chi.




Before & After Camp Care are available.

Before Camp Care: 7:00am–9:00am
After Camp Care: 3:15pm–6:00pm

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