APACHI EVANSTON

3 years – 7th grade + CIT

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Summer 2022 Health, Safety, and Programming

Learn how we plan to continue the safety measures we employed in Summer 2020, 2021 and 2022 and will adjust accordingly based upon the latest recommendations of our local and national health departments.

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Camp Activities

  • Sports

    Sports Play & Games • Gaga • Floor Hockey • Flag Football • Basketball • Baseball • Soccer • Volleyball

  • Arts & Creativity

    Dance • Theater Performance • Arts & Crafts • Busy Builders & Construction • Music • Cooking

  • Jewish Culture

    Shabbat Celebrations • Maccabi Games • Chesed • Social Action

  • Special Activities

    Theme Days • Field Trips

  • Adventure

    Obstacle Course • Scavenger Hunts

Apachi Evanston In Action

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Andrea Merfeld

Director, Apachi Evanston

Andrea Merfeld has been part of the JCC family for over 30 years. She was a camper, a counselor, a Unit Head, and then the Assistant Director of Apachi Evanston, and currently the Camp Director of Apachi Evanston and Rogers Park. Camp is Andrea’s happy place. She loves being the director of Apachi Evanston because she gets to take part in forming a “summer family” year after year. Her favorite time of the camp day is the morning when she gets to see campers jump out of their cars into the arms of their counselors with giant smiles on their faces.

Andrea holds a degree in Human Development and Family Studies from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a Master’s Degree in Education from National Louis University, and a General Administrative Certification from Concordia University. Prior to working full time at JCC Chicago, Andrea was a classroom teacher for 18 years. She is thrilled to finally be a part of the full time JCC family, and looks forward to continuing to be at her happy place all year!

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Specialty Program

Performing Arts Camp

(2nd-7th Grade)

Guided by professional actors and artists, campers develop their acting, dance, musical theatre, improvisation, stage makeup and backstage skills. At the end of the summer, there will be a performance that includes every camper.

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Specialty Program

Sports Camp

(2nd-7th Grade)

It’s sports, sports, sports! Our Sports Specialist works with all gender campers on skills, drills and mini-games to enhance performance in a variety of sports played throughout the day.

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Specialty Program

Apachi Ivrit

(K-5th Grade)

Apachi Ivrit combines all the fun of Apachi while exposing campers to conversational Hebrew, by listening and speaking with counselors and friends.

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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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Apachi Evanston 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 entering the same grade.

Our traditional camp experience encourages campers to try everything! Campers participate in a wide variety of activities ranging from arts and crafts, sports and drama to name a few! And, everyone comes together for Friday Shabbat celebrations, cookouts, theme days, field trips and our annual Maccabi games.

Convenient carpool drop-off and pick-up

Morning drop-off is a breeze. 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 skip off hand in hand 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 lines again. We’ll bring your child to you, buckle them in, and you will be on your way.

Food at summer camp

A hotdog cookout is provided each Friday. A pizza lunch is offered on Mondays for an additional cost. Campers who don’t wish to participate in cookouts and pizza are welcome to bring their own lunch on those days as well. We keep sack lunches in refrigerators; 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.

Please Note: Ages and grades listed below are as of the 2023-24 school year.

Juniors  |  3-4 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 games, art, dance and music emphasize participation, building confidence and having fun.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/30/22
Winter
Ends 2/28/23
Spring
Through Camp
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/12-7/7$1,450$1,650$1,900
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/10-8/4$1,450$1,650$1,900
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/12-8/4$2,265$2,665$2,915

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Chaverim  |  Grades K-3

Chaverim is everything you know and love about Apachi Day Camp! Sports, art, music, and more provide a summer filled with fun as campers develop friendships under the caring guidance of role model Camp Counselors. Campers will build self-confidence through safe and fun adventures as they learn and grow together, making memories that matter and friendships that last a lifetime.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/30/22
Winter
Ends 2/28/23
Spring
Through Camp
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/12-7/7$1,540$1,740$1,990
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/10-8/4$1,540$1,740$1,990
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/12-8/4$2,705$3,105$3,355

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Thinking about overnight camp? Combine Apachi with Camp Chi for one incredible summer and save on the cost of camp. Learn more.

 

Chaverim Plus  |  Grades 4-5

Please Note: Chaverim Plus no longer includes 7th grade. If you’re looking for a program specific to this age group, please check-out Chaverim on the Go, our new program for Summer 2023, which is open to 6th & 7th graders.

Campers who have graduated from Chaverim still have more fun in store as part of Chaverim Plus. Fun, older-camper focused activities keep campers coming back year after year! Choice Specialty activities provide campers the opportunity to choose their favorite activities for a more personalized summer camp experience. These older campers also get an exciting mix of trips and experiences you can only get in Chaverim Plus! Traditional camp activities make this program the perfect mix of exciting new activities with familiar camp favorites.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/30/22
Winter
Ends 2/28/23
Spring
Through Camp
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/12-7/7$1,855$2,055$2,305
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/10-8/4$1,855$2,055$2,305
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/12-8/4$3,120$3,520$3,770

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Thinking about overnight camp? Combine Apachi with Camp Chi for one incredible summer and save on the cost of camp. Learn more.

 

Chaverim on the Go | Grades 6-7

Chaverim on the Go combines traditional camp day fun with an exciting mix of three weekly field trips. To honor the Apachi value of Tikkun Olam, making the world a better place, one of the field trips will center around making a positive impact in the community. When not embarking on adventures outside of camp, 6th-7th graders will build new skills and discover new interests on our grounds through a wide variety of activities including adventure, music, dance and sports.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/30/22
Winter
Ends 2/28/23
Spring
Through Camp
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/12-7/7$2,445$2,655$2,905
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/10-8/4$2,445$2,655$2,905
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/12-8/4$4,320$4,720$4,970

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Thinking about overnight camp? Combine Apachi with Camp Chi for one incredible summer and save on the cost of camp. Learn more.

 

Sports  |  Grades 2-7

Sports Camp provides a summer of outdoor fun designed for young athletes to hone their skills and enhance their coordination and athleticism through a variety of active games, fun skill-building drills, and tournaments. Led by role model high school and college athletes, campers to learn teamwork and sportsmanship as they build self-confidence through healthy competition.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/30/22
Winter
Ends 2/28/23
Spring
Through Camp
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/12-7/7$1,855$2,055$2,305
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/10-8/4$1,855$2,055$2,305
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/12-8/4$3,120$3,520$3,770

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Performing Arts Camp  |  Grades 2-7

Guided by professional actors and artists, campers are immersed in all areas of acting, singing, and dancing for the stage! Campers develop their acting, dance, musical theatre, improvisation, stage makeup, and backstage skills while building self-confidence and communication skills throughout the summer. A variety of traditional camp activities, including trips, are sprinkled in to create a well-rounded summer that helps campers really come into their own and out of their shells!

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/30/22
Winter
Ends 2/28/23
Spring
Through Camp
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/12-8/4$3,120$3,520$3,770

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Apachi Ivrit  |  K-5th grade

Please Note: The fee to participate in Apachi Ivrit has increased by $300 since Summer 2022. Since Apachi Ivrit has a higher staff/child ratio, an additional unit head, specialized training for Ivrit staff and hotel accommodations for Israeli counselors, this additional fee ensures we can run the most effective program.

Apachi Ivrit combines all the fun of Apachi Day Camp while immersing campers in conversational Hebrew. Campers learn to understand Hebrew by listening and speaking with counselors and friends throughout the camp day, so campers learn the language by doing activities they already enjoy! Role model Camp Counselors include local Hebrew speakers as well as Israeli Counselors who bring an awesome exposure to Israeli culture and a sense of worldwide Jewish Community to Apachi Day Camp.

SessionDatesAge / GradesEarly Bird
Ends 11/30/22
Winter
Ends 2/28/23
Spring
Through Camp
Chaverim | Session 1 | 4 Wks6/12-7/7K-5th$2,155$2,355$2,605
Chaverim | Session 2 | 4 Wks7/10-8/4K-5th$2,155$2,355$2,605
Chaverim | Full Summer | 8 Wks6/12-8/4K-5th$3,420$3,820$4,070

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CIT: Counselors in Training  |  Grades 8-10

Highly motivated and responsible campers entering grade 8th-10th are invited to join us for our Counselor-In-Training (CIT) program. The CIT curriculum is designed to develop necessary skills needed to take care of children, foster creative and critical thinking, and enhance communication and collaboration efforts needed in social and professional settings. The CIT program helps teenagers explore new areas of development in a safe environment, all while learning vital skills needed to be an Apachi leader and beyond.

SessionDatesFee
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/12-7/7$855
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/10-8/4$855
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/12-8/4$1,465

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Thinking about overnight camp? Combine Apachi with Camp Chi for one incredible summer and save on the cost of camp. Learn more.

 

Apachi Evanston + Chi Combos

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

SessionDatesGradesFeeCanteen
Evanston 4 Weeks + Chi Session 1A6/12-8/44-7$6,490$130
Evanston 5 Weeks + Chi Session 26/12-8/114-7$6,930$130
Evanston 5 Weeks + Chi Session 1B6/12-8/44-7$5,745$130
Evanston 6 Weeks + Chi Take 26/12-8/44-7$5,005$80
Evanston 6 Weeks + Chi Mini Session 16/12-8/43-7$5,005$80
Evanston 6 Weeks + Chi Mini Session 26/12-8/43-7$5,005$80

SessionDates ChiGradesFeeCanteen
Chaverim on the Go + Chi Session 1A6/18-7/146-7$7,090$130
Chaverim on the Go + Chi Session 1B6/18-7/76-7$6,495$130
Chaverim on the Go + Chi Session 27/16-8/116-7$7,680$130
Chaverim on the Go + Chi Mini Session 17/2-7/146-7$5,905$80
Chaverim on the Go + Chi Mini Session 27/16-7/306-7$5,905$80
Chaverim on the Go + Chi Take 26/18-7/76-7$5,905$80

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Try Chi

2nd–6th grade  |  Aug 13-16  |  $425
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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Apachi Evanston + Chi Combos

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

SessionDatesGradesFeeCanteen
Evanston 4 Weeks + Chi Session 1A6/12-8/44-7$6,490$130
Evanston 5 Weeks + Chi Session 26/12-8/114-7$6,930$130
Evanston 5 Weeks + Chi Session 1B6/12-8/44-7$5,745$130
Evanston 6 Weeks + Chi Take 26/12-8/44-7$5,005$80
Evanston 6 Weeks + Chi Mini Session 16/12-8/43-7$5,005$80
Evanston 6 Weeks + Chi Mini Session 26/12-8/43-7$5,005$80

SessionDates ChiGradesFeeCanteen
Chaverim on the Go + Chi Session 1A6/18-7/146-7$7,090$130
Chaverim on the Go + Chi Session 1B6/18-7/76-7$6,495$130
Chaverim on the Go + Chi Session 27/16-8/116-7$7,680$130
Chaverim on the Go + Chi Mini Session 17/2-7/146-7$5,905$80
Chaverim on the Go + Chi Mini Session 27/16-7/306-7$5,905$80
Chaverim on the Go + Chi Take 26/18-7/76-7$5,905$80

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When you combine Apachi Day Camp with JCC Chicago Early Childhood for 5 days a week full summer, you can save 20% on the cost of camp! Learn more.

Additional Options

Session4 Weeks8 Weeks
Before Care$240$450
After Care$450$875

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!

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Financial Solutions for Families in Need

Illinois Action for Children

A state-based program providing funding to help families in need of childcare, can also be used for day camp!

Fee Assistance

This financial aid helps offset a portion of JCC program fees and is made possible through JCC Chicago and Women’s Auxiliary funding in addition to the generosity of donors.

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Extra Support for Campers

There are several support options available to ensure a successful summer for your camper. You can choose from support through JCC Chicago, Keshet, or your child’s paraprofessional depending on which option works best for your camper and family. For more information, please connect with your Apachi Day Camp Director.

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Contact Us

For more information or to request a tour, contact us at 773.516.5857 or email apachievanston@jccchicago.org.

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