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Something for Everyone!

ARTS & CULTURE
Arts & Crafts • Clowning • Cooking • Dance • Drama • Guitar • Israel Experience • Music • Yoga

SPORTS
Baseball & Softball • Basketball • Floor Hockey • Gaga • Soccer • Tennis • Volleyball

ADVENTURE CHALLENGE
Adventure Tree • Climbing Wall • Rock & Boulder Climbing • Team Building

SCIENCE
Gardening • STEAM Projects

AQUATICS
Twice Daily Lessons • Free Swim • Boating

ZFA J Hawks Sports for Grades 1-3

We have the answer for campers who can’t get enough sports! Our all-sports groups allows campers to hone skills and play games with specialized instruction. In addition to sports specialties all day, campers will have daily swim lessons and free swim as well as Wacky Wednesday and Shabbat.

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, 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.

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 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

Transporation

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.

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.

Camp groups

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.

Food

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.

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.

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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.

Summers of Fun, a Lifetime of Hebrew

4 years – 2nd grade
June 18 – August 10 | 8 Weeks
9:30am-3:30pm

Apachi Ivrit combines all the fun of ‘Z’ Frank Apachi while exposing campers to conversational Hebrew, by listening and speaking with counselors and friends.

Campers play, laugh, sing, swim, run and create in the warmth of a close-knit camp group. Campers come home each day proud of their new language skills – along with new friendships, great camp memories and a love of Hebrew.

From the moment camp begins, all aspects of the camp day, excluding instructional swim, are conducted in Hebrew. Campers learn Hebrew by doing activities they already enjoy. Through art projects, campers discover Hebrew words for shapes and colors. Music and games expose campers to other Hebrew terms and phrases, which are continually reviewed and reinforced during the 8 weeks of camp.

Our counselors come from Israel and the United States. They have fluency in Hebrew as well as a strong understanding of child development.

Call Abby Ashkenazi, Program Director, at 847.763.3627 with any questions. Space is limited.

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Camp in Action

By the 8th week of camp, most campers do more than understand Hebrew – they can speak Hebrew! The last camper to talk into the magic microphone didn’t just answer the question, he asked for ice cream. This is a great example of what happens in a fun, playful, immersive environment. What makes it exceptional is that he had little or no exposure to Hebrew prior to Apachi Ivrit.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The word Ivrit  translates as Hebrew.  It is pronounced “eev-reet”.

‘Z’ Frank Apachi

June 18-August 10, 2018 | 9:30am-3:30pm daily

Apachi Northside

June 15-August 10, 2018 | 9:30am-3:15pm daily

This program is tailored to the development and interests of campers in preschool and early elementary school, 4 years – 2nd grade.

Apachi Ivrit campers experience the full schedule of activities at ‘Z’ Frank Apachi and Apachi Northside. Campers travel in groups with their counselors and participate in swimming, art, sports, boating, music and more.

From the moment camp begins, all aspects of the camp day, excluding instructional swim, are conducted in Hebrew.  Counselors look for opportunities to provide language in a real-life context.They greet, respond and provide instruction in Hebrew. The continuous hours of being immersed in Hebrew helps campers absorb it naturally while doing the activities they already enjoy.  Our counselors are carefully trained to provide authentic, replicable dialogue, while playing games, learning skills and enjoying all camp has to offer so that campers can internalize and absorb language habits from their environment.

In addition to having fun, enjoying the outdoors and trying new activities, Apachi Ivrit provides campers with a growing sense of self esteem in addition to language skills and learning about a new culture. An early start is an advantage for language learning and this early exposure has may provide lifelong cognitive and academic advantages in areas such as creativity, problem solving, executive function and even mental math.

Our counselors come from Israel and the United States. They have native fluency in Hebrew as well as a strong understanding of child development. Every counselor at ‘Z’ Frank Apachi and Apachi Northside has been personally interviewed by a camp director. Children learn language at different speeds and levels and Apachi Ivrit focuses on the camper and supporting unique individual growth. Materials and resources are created with the personal interests of the campers and individual skill levels in mind.

Our program is open to any camper. Previous knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Observation of returning campers shows that they recoup their language gains from the previous summer within less than three weeks providing them with at least four to five weeks to build higher levels of proficiency.

 

 

Registration

Please see below for program descriptions and fees.

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Juniors | 4 Years

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 free swim.

Explorers | K-Grade 3

The Explorers’ high–energy day focuses on skill–building, new activities, boosting self–esteem and forging new friendships. Explorer campers follow a weekly schedule which allows them to experience a variety of our specialties, as well as, daily swim lessons, free swim, field trips, and undernighters.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
9/12-11/5
Fee
11/6-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$4,965$5,215
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$2,845$2,970
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$2,845$2,970
Session 1 Plus | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$4,190$4,315
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$4,190$4,315

 

Pioneers | Grades 4-7

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. For Pioneer 5/6 camper their program includes out of camp choice specialties in addition to their in camp choice specialties.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
9/12-11/5
Fee
11/6-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$5,120$5,370
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$2,970$3,095
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$2,970$3,095
Session 1 Plus | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$4,465$4,590
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$4,465$4,590

CIT |  Grades 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 | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$2,345
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$1,340
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$1,340
Session 1 Plus | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$1,920
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$1,920

 

Apachi Ivrit | 4 Years-Grade 2

Apachi Ivrit combines all the fun of ‘Z’ Frank Apachi while exposing campers to conversational Hebrew, by listening and speaking with counselors and friends. Campers play, laugh, sing, swim, run and create in the warmth of a close-knit camp group. Campers come home each day proud of their new language skills – along with new friendships, great camp memories and a love of Hebrew.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
9/12-11/5
Fee
11/6-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$5,065$5,315

 

J-Hawks Sports | Grade 1-3

Some campers just can’t get enough sports. Our sports specialty includes skill development and game play in core sports (baseball, basketball, soccer and flag football) along with innovative games, international sports and league play. There’s time each day for swim lessons and free swim.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
9/12-11/5
Fee
11/6-Camp
Full Summer | 8 Weeks6/18-8/10$4,965$5,215
Session 1 | 4 Weeks6/18-7/13$2,845$2,970
Session 2 | 4 Weeks7/16-8/10$2,845$2,970
Session 1 Plus | 6 Weeks6/18-7/27$4,190$4,315
Session 2 Plus | 6 Weeks7/2-8/10$4,190$4,315

 

Additional Options

SessionFee
Before & After Care$350-700
Lunch$100-180

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ZFA + Chi Combo

Combine ‘Z’ Frank Apachi J Camp with 2, 3 or 4 weeks of amazing overnight camp at JCC Camp Chi to create an extraordinary summer! If you want to do a combo with ZFA Sports, register online and then let us know.

SessionDatesGradesFeeCanteen
Chi Session 1A + ZFA Session 26/17-8/104-7$6,975$120
Chi Session 1B + ZFA 5 Weeks6/17-8/104-7$6,720$120
ZFA Session 1 + Chi Session 26/17-8/104-7$6,975$120
ZFA 6 Weeks + Chi Mini Session 16/17-8/103-7$6,470$120
ZFA 6 Weeks + Chi Mini Session 26/17-8/103-7$6,470$120

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