Learning Through Participation

Through Parsha, stories, role playing and journaling, your daughter will gain enthusiasm and pride for her rich heritage. At Shacharis davening, we explore the prayers and gain a deeper appreciation for the beautiful text of our siddur.

Shabbos is very special with zemiros, ruach and dancing. Davening in serene surroundings adds to the achdus. Afternoon walks, games, skits, and Divrei Torah, prepared and given by campers, make this time together memorable. Special guest rabbis and their families guide and enrich the Shabbos experience.

Something for Everyone

Archery • Aerial Adventure Park • Arts & crafts • Boating • Canoeing • Challah baking • Choir • Drama • Fishing • Horseback riding • Outdoor cooking • Paddle boating • Radio • Rock climbing • Ropes course • Sports • Swimming • Tennis • Tubing • Video • Zumba

Our Director

Wendy Singer is an experienced Jewish camp professional having worked in JCC Chicago camping for 16 years. Her nurturing and fun approach generates enthusiasm, spirit and excitement in our camp community.

Sample Schedule

7:30am Wake Up   1:30pm Rest Hour & Canteen
8:00am Daven   2:30pm Activity 2
8:30am Breakfast   3:45pm Activity 3
9:00am Shiur – Learning Groups   5:00pm Swim or Waterfront
9:45am Activity 1   6:15pm Mincha
11:00am Swim or Waterfront   6:30pm Dinner
12:15pm Lunch   7:45pm Night Activity
      9:00pm* Lodge Curfew
      *Older campers have a later curfew.

Our Special Ruach

The sense of sisterhood and belonging creates a ruach and energy that can’t be found anywhere else.  There is spontaneous singing and cheering at activities, at meal times and during night programs, such as talent shows, bunk competitions, bonfires, pool parties, field trips, camp outs, and more.

Please register for the grade your child will enter in Fall 2017.


Wednesday, June 21–Sunday, July 16


Entering 5th and 6th Grade
Juniors is the perfect unit to guide campers while they transition into life away from home. Our nurturing staff is hand-selected for this age group to help them adjust smoothly into camp life. Campers are exposed to all of our amazing camp activities ranging from western horseback riding to the fine arts. After their first summer at Chavayah they will feel the Ruach and be hooked for life!

Register 5th Grade  Register 6th Grade


Entering 7th and 8th Grade
Campers thrive on autonomy in this age group. The activities are endless and are designed to match this stage of early teen development. Campers participate in more camp activities and have special late night programs.  The schedule is designed specifically for 7th and 8th grade campers to experience more at Chavayah while having ample time to create lasting life-long friendships.

Register 7th Grade  Register 8th Grade

Teen Camp

Entering 9th and 10th Grade
Teenagers find what they are looking for at Chavayah. Later wake-ups and curfew are all part of this amazing program. Teens have the chance to design their own day by choosing specialty activities for 3- and 4-day rotations. At Chavayah, teens stretch themselves by trying new activities and mastering different challenges. Come see what other surprises Teen Camp has in store.

Register 9th Grade  Register 10th Grade


Entering 11th Grade

Chavayah’s Staff In Training (SIT) program introduces campers entering 11th grade to the responsibilities of being a Chavayah Staff member. The program teaches leadership skills through hands-on experiences, special projects, guest speakers and formal training. Specific areas of training include child development, group dynamics, team building, learning and camp programming. Depending on the SIT’s interest she can work with a bunk group or in a different area of camp.

For more information or to apply, please call the camp office at 773.761.9100.


Chavayah Overnight Camp for Girls combined with Bernard Horwich JCC J Camp

8 week Combo | Wednesday, June 21–Friday, August 11

Register 5th Grade  Register 6-8th Grade

Frequently Asked Questions

Camp is located on the grounds of JCC Camp Chi, on 600 acres of wooded land on Lake Blass in Lake Delton, Wisconsin. Chavayah is housed separately at the Perlstein Resort and Conference Center. The camp is located 3 hours from Chicago.

Juniors (5th and 6th Grade) and Seniors (7th and 8th Grade) participate in all activities as a bunk.

Teen Camp (9th and 10th) participants are able to choose an activity they really enjoy for 3-4 days at a time.

Each bunk has about 8 campers, 1 Senior Counselor, and 1 S.I.T. (Staff in Training)

Campers live at the Perlstein Resort and Conference Center which is in a section of Camp Chi. The rooms are rustic hotel style rooms. There are 3-4 girls in each room. Each room has its own bathroom with shower. Every room is air conditioned.

Camp provides a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends. However, if you daughter has her heart set on bunking with her bestie, mutual friendship requests can be made before June 1st. While there are no guaranteed about room assignments, we take this process very seriously and try to make everyone happy.

glatt-kosherThe food is amazing, our campers love it! A variety of options are offered at meals to cater to different tastes and a salad bar is available at most meals. In addition to the daily meals we offer snacks and campers visit our camp canteen for special treats 3 times a week. All food at camp is served under cRc supervision (all meats are Glatt). No food may be brought from home, unless arrangements are made in advance for special dietary reasons (allergies, gluten free, etc).

We can accommodate certain food allergies and dietary restrictions. These issues are coordinated directly with the camp director and kitchen manager. To make arrangements for special dietary needs, please call the camp office prior to the start of camp.

Also, please note that we are not a nut-free camp. Although nuts and nut oils are not used in preparation by our Kitchen or any food, we do offer peanut butter sandwiches at meals.

Your daughter’s health and safety is our number one priority. JCC Chavayah Overnight Camp for Girls has access to Camp Chi’s health center. Staffed by 6 to 7 nurses and a resident physician, the health center is centrally located, air-conditioned and open 24 hours a day.

Campers receive excellent medical attention should they require treatment, take daily medications or need medical observation. If a child needs to get a prescription medication or is not well enough to stay in her room, we will notify you.

We offer round trip bus transportation from the Bernard Horwich JCC via coach bus for an additional transportation fee. You can sign up for the bus at registration time or at a later date once your plans are made. You may also drive your child to camp.

Camp will provide bus pick from O’Hare Airport for an additional transportation fee. (We do not provide transportation from any other airports.) Please contact the camp office for details before you book your flight.

Luggage will go on bottom of the coach bus that your child is riding to camp.

Please see our 2017 What to Pack List.


Campers must dress appropriately for all camp activities.

  • Skirts must cover knees
  • T-shirts must cover elbows
  • No pants outside of the bunk house areas
  • No capped sleeves
  • No low cut neck lines
  • Cover-ups must be worn to the lake and pool activities

Camp provides laundry 2 times during the camp session.

Camp provides sheets, pillows, and blankets for all campers.

Please send your child with $70 cash in small bills placed in a labeled envelope. This will be their money for all visits to our camp canteen and trips. We will help campers manage this money. If for some reason they run low, we will contact you.

We take campers on trips during the camp season. Trips may include Devil’s Lake State Park, Mt. Olympus Amusement Park and bowling.

You may send snail mail, emails, and packages that adhere to our camp package policy. The package policy can be found in our parent guide, which is posted in your CampInTouch account a few weeks prior to the start of camp.

We post pictures and newsletters from camp every few days. Your child may call home on their birthday or if they are ill. You may contact the on-site camp director anytime there is a concern. She will return all calls within 24 hours, less if there is an emergency.

Registered Campers FAQ

We know that you have all sorts of questions about camp. Some of them we have answered for you already!

2017 Parent Guide


Contact us about Chavayah Overnight Camp.

Contact Wendy at 773.516.5883 or complete the form below.

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