How Apachi Day Camp Got Its Name
Apache Day Camp was founded by the Ellis Family and named after the Apache Native American tribe in the Southwestern United States. At that time, it was a long-standing tradition for summer camps to adopt names of Native American tribes as a way of reflecting their connection to the outdoors and wilderness. Many day and overnight camps bear names that follow this tradition.
In 1987, when JCC Chicago purchased the campgrounds from the Ellis Family, “Apache” was changed to “Apachi.” JCC Chicago’s overnight camp is Camp Chi, “Chi” being short for Chicago Hebrew Institute.
JCC Chicago is a leader in Jewish camping and is committed to core values of Kindness, Respect and Community. All are welcome and all are valued at Apachi Day Camps and JCC Camp Chi.
If you have further questions on the origin of Apachi Day Camp’s name, please contact your Apachi Day Camp Director.