APACHI ROGERS PARK

4 years – 8th grade + CIT

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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

Shuli Medow

Co-Director, Apachi Rogers Park

Shuli Medow has been part of the Apachi Rogers Park family for the past 25 years. She began as a counselor, transitioned to a unit head, then Director of Girls’ camp, and for the past 10 years, she has been the Assistant Director/Director of Operations. Shuli loves the energy of camp that comes from the constant action and spirit of all the campers, and spending the warm summer days enjoying outdoor activities. She is really excited to co-direct camp this summer!

Shuli holds an undergraduate degree from Blitstein Teachers Institute and during the school year is the Early Childhood Coordinator at Bernard Horwich JCC Early Childhood Center. This JCC location holds a special place in her heart not only because she’s been a part of its staff for so long, but because she met her husband here! They now have 2 children and both will be at camp this summer. In her free time, you can find Shuli and her family at the beach.

 

Ari Nussbaum

Co-Director, Apachi Rogers Park

Ari Nussbaum is an Apachi Rogers Park camp person through and through. He’s loved being the Boy’s Unit Head at Apachi Rogers Park for the past 10 years, but he is really excited to be the camp’s Co-Director this summer! He can’t wait to interact, make connections and have fun with the entire camp. Ari’s favorite thing about summertime is being outside all day…and baseball.

Ari holds a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with a minor in English from Northeastern Illinois University and when he’s not working at Apachi, he teaches 5th Grade Science and Social Studies at Peterson Elementary School. Ari met his wife while they were both Unit Heads at Apachi Rogers Park and they now have three children. They’re a true JCC family. Ari is going to have his 15 minutes of fame when his family appears on Family Feud, so keep an eye out for him!

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Overnight Camp

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Apachi Rogers Park 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.

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)
  • Dimyonah, 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 crossing guards will help children cross the street.

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 Dimyonah, Sport, V’od and Chavayah groups.

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

Food at summer camp

Campers work up a big appetite during their active days at Apachi J 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 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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Inclusion

All Apachi J 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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