K – 7th grade + CIT

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Camp Activities

  • Adventure

    Climbing Wall • High Ropes Course • Archery • Kayaking

  • Arts & Creativity

    Dance • Drama & Improv • Arts & Crafts • S.T.E.A.M. • Design Lab • Busy Builders & Construction • Science & Nature • Music • Cooking

  • Sports

    Sports Play & Games • Gaga • Yoga • Martial Arts • Golf • Flag Football • Soccer • Basketball • Cheerleading & Tumbling

  • Special Activities


  • Swimming

    Swim Lessons • Free Swim • Beach Days
    british swim school

  • Jewish Culture

    Shabbat Celebrations • Maccabi Games

New for Summer 2020!

New location at Mount Carmel High School

Larger campus with swimming and sports on site

Expanded ages to 10th grade

Explorer 1 & 2 and Trailblazers: All-gender group option in addition to same gender groups

New specialties for Trailblazers! Art, sports and more to be announced.

Apachi Hyde Park In Action

Elisa Aranoff

Elisa Aranoff

Site Director, Apachi Hyde Park

Elisa Aranoff loves camp because it’s a time to let go of the school year and enjoy relaxed summer days. She always looks forward to being outside after our Chicago winters and can’t wait to be in the sunshine with her campers! During the school year Elisa works at the Jewish Enrichment Center as an educator. She really enjoys being part of the Hyde Park community.

Elisa holds a Bachelor’s degree from Barnard College of Columbia University in New York City and two Master’s degrees, one in broadcasting from Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University and the other in Elementary Education from National Louis University. She is also a certified Music Together instructor and during college Elisa sang in Pizmon, a Jewish a cappella group that toured eastern Europe. 

Apachi Hyde Park Details

For Summer 2020, we are making adjustments to Activities, Swimming & Transportation:

Activities: All activities will happen on-site and will be modified as-needed for camper safety
 Water play will be offered
Transportation: Carpool drop-off and pick-up only

Friendship requests

Campers can submit friendship requests in the spring, and we will do our best to accommodate mutual requests as long as campers are entering the same grade. For Explorer 1 and older, campers have the opportunity to request either same gender or all-gender groups.

Our traditional camp experience encourages campers to try everything! Artists-in-residence visit weekly to teach magic, juggling, percussion, cooking and more. Campers participate in a wide variety of activities ranging from arts and crafts, sports, drama, swimming, martial arts and gymnastics to name a few!  And everyone comes together for Friday Shabbat celebrations, cookouts, theme days, and our annual Maccabi games.

British Swim School Swim Program

Campers are taught to swim at Apachi Hyde Park using the British Swim School swim program, which is dedicated to excellence in safety and swimming skills. British Swim School has honed its teaching method over fifty years and the cornerstone of the program is using a fun and gentle approach to build water survival skills. Safety is our priority and all members of our Aquatics staff are American Red Cross certified lifeguards with CPR training for the professional rescuer.

Apachi Hyde Park campers swim four days a week.

Testing, Placement and Progress Reports

Campers are tested at the beginning of summer and placed in an appropriate swim level based on their skills. They pass through levels based on both formal and informal testing. Progress reports are available each day through the British Swim School app.

Convenient carpool and drop-off and pick-up

We work to make your camper’s arrival and departure from camp as easy as possible. During drop-off, just pull up to the front door and wait for a counselor to help your camper out of the car.

For pick-up, please form two lanes of traffic (either lane is fine) and follow the directions of the staff in the lot (very important). Our staff will ask you who you are picking up and will bring your camper(s) to your car. Please do NOT get out of the car. Once your camper is safely in your car, please exit going southbound on Hyde Park Blvd.

Optional round-trip bus

For an additional fee, families can select to have their children take the bus to and from camp. Buses are driven by licensed, professional drivers and supervised by Apachi staff. Campers are required to wear seatbelts at all times. We have bus stops available in the South Loop and West Loop. Our bus stops are “cluster stops” for groups of campers, not individual stops. We try to make the cluster stops convenient for families as well as safe and efficient..

View our proposed bus stop map.

Food at camp

Please send along a sack lunch daily that we’ll refrigerate.

Food allergies

Safety and inclusion are top priorities at Apachi Day Camps. Our camps are committed to being allergy-safe. While our camps are not allergen-free, we strive to make our camp environments as safe as possible for children with food allergies using a customized approach and working closely with each family to develop an action plan for the child. More information can be found here.

Immunizations & Health Forms

To participate in camp, campers must have a completed health form signed by a physician on file. We also require documentation of immunizations.

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Learn More

Please Note: Ages and grades listed below are as of the 2020-21 school year.

Explorers  |  Grades K-2

The Explorers’ high energy day focuses on skill building, new activities, boosting self–esteem and forging new friendships. Kindergarten groups are co-ed, while first and second grades are single-gender and grade-specific. Explorers includes swim lessons, free swim, individual and team sports, drama, art and more.



Trailblazers  |  Grades 3-7

The Trailblazers’ self–guided schedule keeps the experienced camper engaged and asking for more. In addition to participating in all of camp’s activities, every two weeks Trailblazers choose a specialty, which allows for exploration, skill building and meeting new friends. The options change with each cycle, and there’s something for everyone: art, science, cooking, sports and more.



CIT  |  Grade 8-10

Develop leadership and communication skills, while serving as a role model for children.



All Apachi Day Camps are fully inclusive of children with disabilities.

Contact Us

For more information, contact us at 847.763.3504 or complete the form below.