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 Play & Games • Gaga • Yoga • Martial Arts • Golf • Flag Football • Soccer • Basketball • Cheerleading & Tumbling
Swim Lessons • Free Swim • Beach Days
Shabbat Celebrations • Maccabi Games
Theme Days • Cross Town Classic • Artist-In-Residence
Apachi Old Town In Action
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.
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!
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.
At Apachi Old Town, different activities are offered for Juniors (age 4), 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.
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.
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. 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.
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.
Refer a Friend and Save!
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!
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 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 have 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: cheerleading, sports, design lab, adventure challenge, climbing, dance and more. In addition, Trailblazers have free swim daily and a weekly adventure trip.
2nd–6th grade | Aug 15-18 | $375
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.