Apachi Northside encourages campers to celebrate what makes them truly special. Through sports, art, swimming, science and theater, campers discover new ways to express themselves, create friendships and try new things. As campers get older, our program grows with them providing more opportunities for choice and leadership development. Each week is highlighted by special theme days and exciting guest entertainers, which enhance opportunities for community building and indescribable fun.
2021 Camp Dates & Times
Full Summer | 6 Weeks | July 6-August 13
Session 1 | 3 Weeks | July 6-July 23
Session 2 | 3 Weeks | July 26-August 13
Camp Hours | 9:30am – 3:15pm
Before Care at Apachi Northside begins at 8:15am
After Care at Apachi Northside ends at 5:30pm
Dance • Drama & Improv • Theater Performance • Arts & Crafts • S.T.E.A.M • Design Lab • Busy Builders & Construction • Science • Nature • Music • Cooking
Sports Play & Games • Gaga • Yoga • Martial Arts • Golf • Flag Football • Soccer • Basketball • Cheerleading & Tumbling
Theme Days • Cross Town Classic • Artist-In-Residence
Shabbat Celebrations • Maccabi Games
Swim Lessons • Free Swim • Beach Days
Climbing Wall • High Ropes Course • Archery • Kayaking
Apachi Northside In Action
Director, Apachi Northside
Beth Miller has been Apachi Northside’s Director for the past 7 years and has been with Apachi Day Camp for over 20 years. Nothing makes her happier than to see campers and staff return to their summer home year after year. The Apachi Day Camp spirit is just part of Beth and she loves the community built at Apachi Northside. Her favorite thing about summer is engaging with her campers every day and being a part of funny “kid moments.”
Beth holds an Undergraduate degree in Communications and History from the University of Kansas, a Master’s degree in Education from National Louis University, and was a former teacher. Beth is a mother of three boys, all who spent many summers at Apachi J Camp, and she loves playing board games…mahjongg, rummikub, you name it!
Sample 50/50 block
New! City LIFE
7th-9th grade Have fun with friends while exploring different City of Chicago neighborhoods – and gain meaningful life skillsets and give back to the community at the same time!
Budding biologists, engineers, environmentalists and artists explore living things and our world through hands-on activities and experiments. Campers head outdoors on the wooded grounds of Northside College Prep, the North Shore Channel Trail and surrounding park areas.
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.
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 program encourages campers to explore and try a little bit everything. Artists-in-residence visit weekly to expose campers to exciting experiences and teach new skills through magic, juggling, percussion, dance and other activities. At Apachi Northside, sports is non-competitive with a philosophy of fun and “play for the sake of play.” Everyone comes together for Shabbat celebrations, cookouts, theme days, field trips, parent nights, as well as our own fantastic carnival and Olympic themed Maccabi games.
Campers are taught to swim at Apachi Northside 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.
Our convenient carpool line helps your camper get to their group easily and speed you on your way. Just enter the lot towards the south end of the building and follow the path around to the drop off areas 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 routes from several neighborhoods on the city’s North side. 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.
We provide pizza lunch on Wednesdays and 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’ll refrigerate.
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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Please Note: Ages and grades listed below are as of the 2021-22 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 daily swim instruction, sports, games, art, dance and music emphasize participation, building confidence and having fun.
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 and all-gender options and are grade-specific. Explorers includes daily swim lessons, free swim, individual and team sports, drama, art and more.
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 or three 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, theater and more.
For actors, Trailblazers will have the option of selecting theater as their specialty for either Session 1 (Improv Show) or Session 2 (Show).
Budding biologists, engineers, environmentalists and artists explore living things and our world throughout hands-on activities and experiments. Campers will explore life science by collecting samples, learning about habitats, planting trees, constructing bird houses and recording findings in a technology gateway. Plus, there’s time each day for swimming. Learn more about EcoApachi.
Develop leadership and communication skills, while serving as a role model for children. Successful completion of this program makes the CIT eligible to apply for a staff position the summer before entering 11th grade. Interview required.