K– 7th grade

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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

  • Swimming

    Swim Lessons • Free Swim • Beach Days
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  • Jewish Culture

    Shabbat Celebrations • Maccabi Games

  • Special Activities

    Theme Days • Cross Town Classic • Artist-In-Residence

Apachi Old Town In Action

abbe rothAbbe Roth

Site Director, Apachi Old Town & Assistant Director, Programming – City Camps

Abbe Roth is eager to meet the Old Town campers and families this summer! Her passion for Jewish camping grew every summer at Camp Judaea in North Carolina as a camper, counselor, unit head and Program Director—and helped her become who she is today. She believes camp is an opportunity to build self-confidence, enhance personal growth, and form lifelong friendships. Her favorite camp day is Maccabi Games as she loves an excuse to dress in a wacky outfit.

Abbe holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Journalism and Studio Art from Indiana University. Previously she was the Director of Marketing and Communications at Chicago Jewish Day School for 7 years. Abbe and her husband love exploring Chicago with their cavapoo puppy, Ellie.

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Specialty Program

Apachi Sports

Apachi Sports is our multi-sport day camp with a full menu of team sports, sports-themed field trips and more.

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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 J Camp with Camp Chi

Does your child love both Apachi J Camp AND Camp Chi? Combine day and overnight camp together for an incredible summer experience!

Apachi Old Town 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 the same gender and entering the same grade.

At Apachi Old Town, different activities are offered for Explorers (K-2nd) and Trailblazers (3rd-7th). We focus on age-specific interests, providing more time for arts and music exploration for Explorers. Trailblazers choose specialties to hone their skills or pursue new interests in sports, creating and adventure. Our sports program offers a combination of skills and drills along with game play. Everyone comes together for daily opening assemblies, Shabbat celebrations, cookouts, theme days, field trips as well as our own fantastic carnival and Olympic themed Maccabi games.

British Swim School Swim Program

Campers are taught to swim at Apachi Old Town 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 Old Town campers will swim at Lincoln Park high School. Explorers will have swim lessons and Trailblazers and Sports will have free swim.

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.


Our convenient carpool line helps your camper get to their group easily and speed you on your way. 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, downtown and Hyde Park (express). 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.

For campers registered prior to April 15, you will select your bus stop from a list. Campers who register after April 15, will be assigned to a stop close to their home.

View our proposed bus stop map.


We provide pizza lunch on Wednesdays and a hotdog cookout on Fridays as well as a daily snack. For the remainder of the week, please send along a sack lunch that we’ll refrigerate.

Food allergies

Safety and inclusion are top priorities at JCC Chicago 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.

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

Contact Us

For more information or to request a tour, contact us at 847.763.3504 or complete the form below.

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