4 years – 7th grade + CIT

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Summer 2022 Health, Safety, and Programming

Learn how we plan to continue the safety measures we employed in Summer 2020 and 2021 and will adjust accordingly based upon the latest recommendations of our local and national health departments.

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Upcoming Events

We always have new events coming up. Learn more about Information Sessions and more!

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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

  • Jewish Culture

    Shabbat Celebrations • Maccabi Games

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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. 

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Overnight Camp

Try Chi

Try Chi is our 4-day, 3-night overnight camp experience for 2nd-6th graders at Camp Chi in Lake Delton, WI. Campers meet new friends and live in cabins with experienced, caring counselors who help them feel comfortable right away. They’ll feel the spirit of camp with cookouts, campfires, sing-alongs and great evening programs.

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Combine Apachi with Camp Chi

Twice the fun! Combine Apachi Day Camp with Camp Chi Overnight Camp for one incredible summer experience and save 20% on the cost of Camp Chi.

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Apachi Hyde Park Details

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.

American Red Cross Swim Program

Campers are taught to swim at Apachi Hyde Park using the American Red Cross’ Learn-to-Swim program, which focuses on building skills one step at a time. By giving campers the opportunity to master one element before moving on to the next, it makes it easy to build confidence in the water. Safety is our priority and all members of our Aquatics staff are American Red Cross certified lifeguards with CPR training for the professional rescuer.

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. They’re also tested for endurance and water safety. Progress reports are available through SWIMGEN, an online summer swim report card where you can access the most up-to-date progress of your child’s swimming.

Convenient carpool and drop-off and pick-up

Our convenient carpool line helps your camper get to their group easily and speed you on your way. Just enter the lot and pull in front of the building. A staff member will come to your car rain or shine to help your child out of their seat. You’ll get to see your camper with a smiling counselor by their side and you never even have to get out of your car. At pick up time, just use the carpool line again. We will bring your child to you, buckle them in, and you will be on your way.

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

We provide a hotdog cookout on Fridays as well as a daily snack and frozen treat. For the remainder of the week, please send along a sack lunch that we will 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.

Refer a Friend and Save!

Share Your Apachi Love! Apachi is very special and we want to thank you for telling your friends and family about camp. Receive $75 off your camp fee for each NEW camper that registers for Apachi and lists you as their referral source!

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Financial Solutions for Families in Need

Illinois Action for Children

A state-based program providing funding to help families in need of childcare, can also be used for day camp!

Fee Assistance

This financial aid helps offset a portion of JCC program fees and is made possible through JCC Chicago and Women’s Auxiliary funding in addition to the generosity of donors.

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Please Note: Ages and grades listed below are as of the 2022-23 school year.

Juniors  |  4 Years

Setting the stage for your child’s lifelong love of camp, counselors specially trained to work with young campers make our Juniors feel safe and secure. Small group activities, including swim instruction, sports, games, art, dance and music emphasize participation, building confidence and having fun.

Campers must be 4 years old and potty trained by the first day of camp.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/19/21
Ends 2/28/22
Through Camp
Session 1 | 3 Wks6/27-7/15$1,330$1,355$1,430
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/18-8/12$1,815$1,840$1,915
Full Summer | 7 Wks6/27-8/12$3,075$3,150$3,275

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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 all-gender. First and second grade groups have same gender or all-gender options and are grade specific. Explorers includes swim lessons, free swim, individual and team sports, drama, art and more.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/19/21
Ends 2/28/22
Through Camp
Session 1 | 3 Wks6/27-7/15$1,330$1,355$1,430
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/18-8/12$1,815$1,840$1,915
Full Summer | 7 Wks6/27-8/12$3,075$3,150$3,275

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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.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/19/21
Ends 2/28/22
Through Camp
Session 1 | 3 Wks6/27-7/15$1,470$1,495$1,570
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/18-8/12$1,990$2,015$2,090
Full Summer | 7 Wks6/27-8/12$3,340$3,415$3,540

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CIT  |  Grades 8-10

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

Session 1 | 3 Wks6/27-7/15$665
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/18-8/12$885
Full Summer | 7 Wks6/27-8/12$1,710

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Try Chi

2nd–6th grade  |  Aug 14-17  |  $385
Try Chi is the best way to get a taste of quality Jewish overnight camping. Campers meet new friends, and live in cabins with experienced, caring counselors who help them feel comfortable right away. They’ll feel the spirit of camp with cookouts, campfires, sing-alongs and great evening programs.

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Apachi Hyde Park  +  Chi Combos

Combine Apachi Hyde Park with 2 weeks of amazing overnight camp at Camp Chi to create an extraordinary summer!

Chi Take 2 + Hyde Park 6 Weeks6/19-8/123-7$4,980$75
Chi Session 1A + Hyde Park 4 Weeks6/19-8/124-7$6,270$120
Chi Session 1B + Hyde Park 5 Weeks6/19-8/124-7$5,685 $120
Hyde Park 3 Weeks + Chi Session 26/27-8/124-7$5,775 $120
Hyde Park 5 Weeks + Chi Mini Session 26/27-8/123-7$4,490$75

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NEW! Sibling Bus Discount: $100 for full summer and $50 for a session.

Session3 Weeks4 Weeks7 Weeks
Before Care$170$225$395
After Care$310$390$685
Transportation - 1 Way$230$310$540
Transportation - Round-Trip$370$495$865
Birthday Celebration$25$25$25

All Apachi Day Camps are fully inclusive of children with disabilities. Call Keshet for more information concerning camping opportunities for campers who may need additional support. JCC Chicago and Keshet are partners serving children with disabilities in summer day and overnight camps.

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Contact Us

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