Perlstein Retreat Center at Camp Chi in Lake Delton, Wisconsin

BreakAway is open to all Chicagoland Jewish teens in 8th-10th grades.

Price includes meals and snacks, activities, indoor water park trip and transportation to/from BreakAway.

Transportation is by coach bus with Camp Chi staff chaperones. Pick ups will be available in multiple locations, most likely with one stop in the western suburbs and one in the northern suburbs.

glatt-kosherAll meals and snacks are kosher and prepared in the Perlstein Retreat Center kitchen. Most special diets and food allergies can be accommodated.

Packing List (coming soon)

Information about lead instructors coming soon.

Camp Staff

Program staff and supervision is provided by year-round and seasonal Camp Chi staff, including Joelle Kelenson, Kyle Kolling, Louis Stromberg and Ari Wartell.

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes. The great part about BreakAway is you can spend the day immersed in what interests you, and still be with your friends and all the teens from the other projects during meals, night activities, trips and down time.

BreakAway takes place at the Perlstein Retreat Center on the grounds of Camp Chi. You will sleep in a hotel-style room with seasonal heat or air-conditioning, beds and a private bathroom. Teens will be grouped together based upon requests and similar interests. You will share a room with 2-5 other people.

The lead directors of BreakAway are full-time staff at Camp Chi with decades of experience running camps and teen programs. Similar to overnight camp, these staff along with counselors will be with you throughout the day, learning alongside you and hanging out. Staff will be assigned to be “on-duty” each night and will make rounds in case you need anything.

It’s Spring Break. We know that you’ll want to stay up late. Each night will have a different evening program or choices of things to do, including campfires, open gym, movie nights, hang time and more. We’ll also leave camp one night to go to an indoor waterpark in the Wisconsin Dells.

We can accommodate most special diets and food allergies. Please call us to discuss any individual needs prior to registering.

We do not cook using nuts or nut oils. All food and preparation follows kosher guidelines and is cooked in our CRC-supervised kitchen.

Yes, and this is true for all of the breakouts. Our instructors have made plans for participants with all skill levels from novice to experienced. For example, whether you are an all-star Boy Scout or have never camped in the great outdoors, everyone will have an awesome time learning new skills in Outdoor Adventure. The same goes for cooking and photography.

We partner with Keshet to provide one-on-one support or accommodations for teens with disabilities. Please contact Jennifer Phillips, Camp Chi’s Inclusion Coordinator, for more information and to schedule a time for a  confidential intake.


You can bring electronics, including cell phones. These items are your personal property. We are not responsible for these items, including if they are damaged or misplaced.

We hope you will participate again. You can pick the same workshop track or a new one.

The cost does increase for participants who have attended a Springboard program in previous years.

Outdoor Adventure

Weather is part of the fun in this breakout. Most of the planned activities can be adapted for indoors. Remember to bring appropriate rain gear; being outside in the rain is part of the adventure.


Being flexible is key for this breakout. If the weather is poor, we can spend time working on editing skills or shooting various indoor locations. As long as the weather is manageable or just chilly, we will head outdoors as planned.


BreakAway is part of Springboard, a community initiative created with the support of JUF/Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, the Jim Joseph Foundation and a consortium of local funders.

This program is an opportunity to meet other Jewish teens and see how your interests intersect with Jewish life and ideas. As JCC and Camp Chi program, we define “Jewish” broadly. As long as you and/or your family identify as Jewish in some way, this program is for you. We ask that everyone be open-minded and accepting of others’ beliefs and observances.

Contact Us about BreakAway.

Please call Kyle Kolling at 847.763.3637 or complete the form below.

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