K – 5th grade

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Camp Activities

  • Arts & Creativity

    Dance • Drama & Improv • Arts & Crafts • Busy Builders & Construction • Music • Cooking

  • Sports

    Sports Play & Games • Gaga • Yoga • Floor Hockey • Martial Arts • Flag Football • Gymnastics • Basketball • Baseball • Soccer • Volleyball

  • Swimming

    Swim Lessons • Free Swim
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  • Jewish Culture

    Shabbos Party • Judaic Learning • Color War • Chesed • Social Action

  • Adventure

    Climbing Wall • Obstacle Course

  • Special Activities

    Theme Days • Field Trips

Apachi Rogers Park In Action

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Matt Steinberg

Director, Apachi Rogers Park & Apachi Evanston

Matt developed a strong passion for camping as he worked his way up the ranks at the Mayerson JCC in Cincinnati, OH. He started as a CIT at Camp at the J, eventually became the Youth & Teen Coordinator, BBYO City Director and Assistant Camp Director and was then promoted to Assistant Program Manager and Camp Director. Matt left the nonprofit world for a bit to pursue his MBA with the intention of coming back to camping. He brings energy, enthusiasm and strong camping experience to Apachi. Matt’s favorite thing about camp is the atmosphere because there’s excitement and fun every day. He believes miracles can happen at camp, such as seeing children who have a hard time socially at school thrive and feel included and watching campers who are afraid of the water conquer their fear and learn to swim.

Matt holds a B.A. in Philosophy, with a concentration in Childhood Education & Media Communication from Miami University of Ohio and a MBA from The Ohio State University. He is an avid sneaker collector, enjoys watching old movies, and enjoys reading philosophy, psychology and health and nutrition books.

Apachi Rogers Park Details

For Summer 2020, we are making adjustments to Camp Groups, Swimming, & Food:

Activities:All activities will happen on-site and will be modified as-needed for camper safety
Camp Groups:
We are limiting the group size to 10 campers
Swimming: Water play will be offered
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 the same gender and entering the same grade.

Camp groups

Your child will be in a group of approximately 14-16 children based on registration, age and friendship requests. Kids in Kindergarten and younger can be in a co-ed group. We mix grades, depending on enrollment, in our Shiurim, Sport, V’od and Chalutzim groups.

Our camper-to-staff ratios are:
8:1 for 1st graders and older
7:1 for four-year-olds and Kindergarteners

Our incredible specialty program encourages campers to explore and try a little bit everything – from flag football to fashion design and everything in-between. Immersed in Torah learning opportunities with our on-site Judaic Educators, everyone comes together for Shabbos celebrations, cookouts, theme days, field trips, as well as our own fantastic, high-spirited Color War games.

British Swim School Swim Program

Boys and girls are taught to swim at Apachi Rogers Park in separate lessons 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. We have at least two lifeguards safeguarding the pool at all times. Counselors are in the water with children and a swim instructor is assigned to each small group.

  • Yedidim campers swim 2 times a week (coed)
  • Chaverim campers swim 3 times a week (coed)
  • Shiurim, Sport and V’Od campers swim 3 times a week (separate swim times by gender)
  • Chavayah campers swim 2 times a week (separate swim times by gender)
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.

Convenient carpool and drop-off and pick-up

Campers will be escorted to and from your car at the start and end of the camp day. Staff will help direct traffic and will assist campers with buckles. Please do NOT get out of the car. Enter our lot ONLY on Touhy taking the exit that’s the furthest west. Use only the drop-off zone when dropping off or picking up.

  • Morning carpool line opens at 9:20am and closes at 9:40am
  • Afternoon carpool line opens at 3:30pm and closes at 3:45pm
  • If your child is dismissed at 2:00pm, you must come into the building to sign out your child.

Once your camper is safely in your car, please exit right onto Touhy. If you need to wait for an extended period of time, you will be asked to wait in the holding zone.

Walking? Children walking home without adult supervision or meeting parents who are arriving on foot will leave the building at the exit door and be walked to the Touhy/Sacramento intersection. Two JCC Chicago crossing guards will help children cross the street.

Food at summer camp

Campers work up a big appetite during their active days at Apachi Day Camp! We ask campers to pack a diary or pareve sack lunch and a snack daily. Our 4 year-olds and Kindergartners receive a daily morning snack. We do offer an end of day freeze pop to all campers and optional Add-On for pizza day on Fridays. We keep sack lunches indoors; and please don’t forget to write your camper’s name on the bag.

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.

Preschool Summer Camp

Summer is a perfect time to engage your child’s imagination through hands-on experiences in music, water-play, exploration and art. Classes are lead by Early Childhood educators, with or without a parent or caregiver, and include plenty of time for discovery both indoors and out. Click here.


Chaverim  |  Girls & Boys  |  Grade K

Nurturing, experienced staff guide our campers in exciting camp activities and traditional Orthodox teachings in tefilot, mitzvot and brachot. Small group sizes help campers build confidence and develop new friendships while enjoying fun-filledd days of art, sports, music and swim instruction three times each week. The camp day ends at 2:00pm for Chaverim. For an additional fee, campers can extend their days until 3:30pm.

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


Shiurim |  Girls  |  Grades 1-3

Age–appropriate and grade-specific fun and creativity for girls, includes weekly field trips, learning with Judaic Educators, swimming four days each week and specialty activities including gymnastics and mixed media arts. First and second graders have a special late night BBQ at the J. Third graders have a late night program and participate in a weekly choice specialty program.

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


Sports  |  Boys  |  Grades 1-3

This unique camp combines team sports, contests and game play with an innovative Judaic curriculum. All campers take field trips to sporting events and local attractions, swim four days each week, daven daily and learn with our Judaic Educators twice each week. First and second graders have a special late night and BBQ at the JCC! Third graders have a late night program and participate in a weekly choice specialty program.

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


Shiurim V’od  |  Girls  |  Grades 4-5

Girls love the variety in this program. Along with favorite camp activities, two weekly field trips and a special late night undernighter encouraging independence, girls choose their own specialty activities to enjoy three times a week. Campers swim three days each week, daven daily and learn with our onsite Judaic Educators twice each week.

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


Sports V’od  |  Boys  |  Grades 4-5

Enthusiastic athletes find more choice, variety, league play and compelling Jewish study in this competitive sports program focusing on improving skills and developing sportsmanship. Campers choose their own specialty activities, swim three days each week, daven twice daily and learn with our onsite Judaic Educators twice each week. Two weekly field trips and a super-sports late night program add excitement and encourage independence.

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


Chalutzim  |  Boys  |  Grades 6-8

This new program offers the opportunity for exploration and experiential learning through action and adventure. Boys head out weekly on full-day field trips. Other days are spent exploring favorite activities and choice specialties, including swimming, chesed engagement, Judaics, and loads of sports!

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 or to request a tour, contact us at 773.516.5853 or complete the form below.

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