Camp Chi & Perlstein Retreat Center in Lake Delton, Wisconsin

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

Price includes meals and snacks, activities, ski/snowboard trip, field trips and transportation to/from BreakAway.

Transportation is by coach bus with Camp Chi staff chaperones. The bus stop location is the Bernard Weinger JCC in Northbrook.

Participants stay in heated rooms in the Squirrel Hill area of Camp Chi.

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

Ski and Snowboard Adventure is full of skiing and snowboarding each day with all the fun of summer camp at night. We’re hoping for a nice fresh layer of snow.


  • Campfire with s’mores
  • Movie night

Field Trips

  • Indoor water park
  • Snow tubing
  • Indoor amusement park

Frequently Asked Questions

It’s not a problem! Ski and snowboard lessons and equipment will be provided at no additional cost. Lessons will be led by certified instructors employed by the local ski mountain.

Winter BreakAway takes place at Camp Chi and the Perlstein Retreat Center. You will stay in heated rooms in the Squirrel Hill area of Camp Chi. You will share a room with 2-5 other people. Teens will be grouped together based upon requests and similar interests.

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.

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.

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.

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 Chicago 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

Please call 847.763.3637 for more information or fill out the form below.