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

  • Jewish Culture

    Shabbat Celebrations • Maccabi Games

  • Special Activities

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

Enhanced Programming for Summer 2019!

• New location! Lincoln Park High School
• More swimming for K-2nd grade campers – lessons 3x/week
• New! Pool time for 3rd-7th grade camper

New! Sports 2x/week for 3rd-7th grade campers

More Beach time for 3rd-7th grade campers

Kayak trip for 3rd-7th grade and Sports campers

Ropes Course
• Expanded program and staffing to allow more access
• New! Curriculum includes team building and a climbing wall

Artist in Residence
• Weekly show
• New! Visiting workshops for K-2nd grade campers

Expanded Specialty options for 3rd-7th grade campers
• New! Cooking
• New! Apachi News Network
• And more!

New! CIT program for 8th-10th graders

Apachi Old Town In Action

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Lindsay Farmer

Director, Apachi Old Town

Lindsay Farmer is the director of Apachi Old Town and has been with Apachi J Camp for four years. She loves seeing the  family that camp creates – a place where campers feel heard and part of something greater. Lindsay’s favorite part of being a camp director is seeing how many lives Apachi J Camp impacts. She loves seeing campers grow to be more independent and confident individuals.

Lindsay holds a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from Ball State and Master’s degree in School Counseling from Purdue University. During the school year, she is a 8th and 9th grade school counselor at Gavit Middle/High School in Hammond Indiana and when she isn’t working, Lindsay loves to be outside camping with her wife and their dog, Henry.

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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.

American Red Cross Swim Program

Campers are taught to swim at Apachi Old Town 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.

Apachi Old Town campers will swim at Lincoln Park High School.  Explorers will have swim lessons. 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. Explorers (K-2) will have progress reports sent home during the summer with a summary of skills your child is working on and those already mastered.


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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Please Note: Ages and grades listed below are as of the 2019-20 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 group are co-ed while first and second grades are single-gender and grade-specific. Explorers includes swim lessons 3 times a week, individual and team sports, music, art and more.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/16/18
Ends 2/28/19
Through Camp
Session 1 | 3 Wks6/24-7/12$1,465$1,590$1,640
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/15-8/9$1,915$2,025$2,090
Full Summer | 7 Wks6/24-8/9$3,130$3,375$3,480



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.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/16/18
Ends 2/28/19
Through Camp
Session 1 | 3 Wks6/24-7/12$1,685$1,805$1,860
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/15-8/9$2,190$2,295$2,365
Full Summer | 7 Wks6/24-8/9$3,545$3,780$3,895



Apachi Sports  |  Grade 3-7

All Sports, All the Time. Apachi Sports campers participate in a full menu of team sports and sports field trips. Campers spend mornings receiving instruction from Hot Shot Sports coaches. Afternoons include other fitness and athletic activities as well as tournaments and game play.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/16/18
Ends 2/28/19
Through Camp
Session 1 | 3 Wks6/24-7/12$1,685$1,805$1,860
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/15-8/9$2,190$2,295$2,365
Full Summer | 7 Wks6/24-8/9$3,545$3,780$3,895



CIT | Grade 8-10

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

Through Camp
Session 1 | 3 Wks6/24-7/12$655
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/15-8/9$850
Full Summer | 7 Wks6/24-8/9$1,445


Apachi Old Town  +  Chi Combos

Combine Apachi Old Town with 2, 3 or 4 weeks of amazing overnight camp at JCC Camp Chi to create an extraordinary summer!

SessionDatesGradesFeeCanteen + Trip Account
Chi Session 1A + Old Town Session 26/16-8/94-7$6,475$120 + $35
Old Town 5 Weeks + Chi Mini Session 26/24-8/94-7$5,010$75
Chi Session 1B + Old Town Session 26/16-8/94-7$5,445$75


Try Chi

3rd–6th grade  |  Aug 11-14  |  $349
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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Before Care$110-250
After Care$240-560
Transportation - 1 Way$170-395
Transportation - Round Trip$305-715
Birthday Celebration$25


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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