Summer of Fun, a Lifetime of Hebrew
Located at Apachi Evanston
This program will not run in Summer 2023.
Apachi Ivrit combines all the fun of Apachi Day Camp while exposing campers to conversational Hebrew, by listening and speaking with counselors and friends.
Campers play, laugh, sing, swim, run and create in the warmth of a close-knit camp group. Campers come home each day proud of their new language skills – along with new friendships, great camp memories and a love of Hebrew.
From the moment camp begins, all aspects of the camp day, excluding instructional swim, are conducted in Hebrew. Campers learn Hebrew by doing activities they already enjoy. Through art projects, campers discover Hebrew words for shapes and colors. Music and games expose campers to other Hebrew terms and phrases, which are continually reviewed and reinforced during the 8 weeks of camp.
Our counselors come from Israel and the United States. They have fluency in Hebrew as well as a strong understanding of child development.
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Camp in Action
By the 8th week of camp, most campers do more than understand Hebrew – they can speak Hebrew! The last camper to talk into the magic microphone didn’t just answer the question, he asked for ice cream. This is a great example of what happens in a fun, playful, immersive environment. What makes it exceptional is that he had little or no exposure to Hebrew prior to Apachi Ivrit.
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Frequently Asked Questions
The word Ivrit translates as Hebrew. It is pronounced “eev-reet”.
This program is tailored to the development and interests of campers in preschool and early elementary school, 4 years – 4th grade.
Apachi Ivrit campers experience the full schedule of activities at Apachi Evanston. Campers travel in groups with their counselors and participate in swimming, art, sports, boating, music and more.
From the moment camp begins, all aspects of the camp day, excluding instructional swim, are conducted in Hebrew. Counselors look for opportunities to provide language in a real-life context.They greet, respond and provide instruction in Hebrew. The continuous hours of being immersed in Hebrew helps campers absorb it naturally while doing the activities they already enjoy. Our counselors are carefully trained to provide authentic, replicable dialogue, while playing games, learning skills and enjoying all camp has to offer so that campers can internalize and absorb language habits from their environment.
In addition to having fun, enjoying the outdoors and trying new activities, Apachi Ivrit provides campers with a growing sense of self esteem in addition to language skills and learning about a new culture. An early start is an advantage for language learning and this early exposure has may provide lifelong cognitive and academic advantages in areas such as creativity, problem solving, executive function and even mental math.
Our counselors come from Israel and the United States. They have native fluency in Hebrew as well as a strong understanding of child development. Every counselor at Apachi Evanston has been personally interviewed by the camp director. Children learn language at different speeds and levels and Apachi Ivrit focuses on the camper and supporting unique individual growth. Materials and resources are created with the personal interests of the campers and individual skill levels in mind.
Our program is open to any camper. Previous knowledge of Hebrew is not required. Observation of returning campers shows that they recoup their language gains from the previous summer within less than three weeks providing them with at least four to five weeks to build higher levels of proficiency.