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, parent nights, undernighters 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.
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 American Red Cross certified lifeguards with CPR for the professional rescuer training. Our certified aquatics staff teaches swimming in a safe, confidence-building environment.
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.
JCC “Z” Frank Apachi campers swim twice a day with swim instruction in the morning and free swim in the afternoon.
Transportation, Friends, Food, Wellness
Campers living within our designated boundaries are transported door-to-door both ways by bus, which is included in your fee. Routes are based on safety, efficiency and enrollment. (If registering after April 15, campers will be incorporated into existing routes). 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.
If you drive your child to camp, complimentary before camp care is available beginning at 7:00am (campers are brought to their trees when buses begin to arrive.). Campers living outside JCC “Z” Frank Apachi boundaries are responsible for their own transportation to and from camp.
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.
Camp Units are based on the grade campers are entering in the fall. These units are made up of single gender groups with about 12 to 18 campers per group, depending on the campers’ ages. We consider friendship requests, schools, and suburbs when grouping our campers.
A pizza lunch is provided on Wednesdays and there is a hotdog cookout every Friday. 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.
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.