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

  • Swimming

    Swim Lessons • Free Swim • Beach Days
    british swim school

  • Jewish Culture

    Shabbat Celebrations • Maccabi Games

  • Special Activities

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

New for Summer 2020!

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

Apachi Old Town In Action

abbe rothAbbe Roth

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

Abbe Roth’s 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.

Apachi Old Town Details

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

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
Food: Campers are asked to bring their own lunch daily

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.

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. 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 and downtown. 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.


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 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  |  Grade 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 and all-gender options and are grade-specific. Explorers have swim lessons 3 times a week, individual and team sports, music, art and more.

Limited spots are available, please contact the camp director for more information.


Trailblazers  |  Grade 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 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: cheerleading, sports, design lab, adventure challenge, climbing, dance and more. In addition, Trailblazers have free swim twice a week and a weekly beach trip.

Limited spots are available, please contact the camp director for more information.


CIT | Grade 8-10

Develop leadership and communication skills, while serving as a role model for children. Interview may be requested.

Limited spots are available, please contact the camp director for more information.


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.

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