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 Onsite Director

Camp is a lifelong and family commitment for Mrs. Bracha Polstein. Her camp career began as a founder of ATT Summer Programs. Her husband, Rabbi Yosef Polstein, has been the director of Yeshiva Hakayitz for decades. For over 30 years, Mrs. Polstein shined as a Jewish and secular studies educator at day schools. Her dynamic, nurturing approach generates enthusiasm throughout camp.

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.

Where is Chavayah Overnight Camp for Girls located?

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.

Do campers get to choose what they do?
  • 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.
How many campers and counselors are in each bunk?

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

Where do campers sleep?

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.

Can my daughter request to bunk with a friend?

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.

Where do campers come from?

Chavayah campers come from all over the country! In the summer of 2015, we had representation from 11 different US states. Our largest population of campers comes from the Chicagoland area.

What is camp food like?

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).

Do you accommodate campers with food allergies?

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.

What does my child do if she needs to see a doctor or nurse?

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.

How does my child get to camp?

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.

What if my child is needs to take an airplane to get 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.

What does my child do with her luggage?

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

What should my child pack?

Please see our 2016 What to Pack List.

What is the dress code?

Campers must dress appropriately for all camp activities.

  • Skirts must cover knees
  • T-shirts must come to the 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
Do you provide laundry service?

Camp provides laundry 2 times during the camp session.

Do you provide linens?

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

What extra money should my child bring?

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.

Are there offsite camp trips?

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

How can I communicate with my camper?

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.

When will I hear from my child?

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!

2016 Camper FAQ

Contact us about Chavayah Overnight Camp.

Contact Wendy at 773.516.5883 or complete the form below.

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