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 and 2021 and will adjust accordingly based upon the latest recommendations of our local and national health departments.

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Camp Activities

  • Adventure

    Climbing Wall • High Ropes • Archery • Zipline • Obstacle Course

  • Arts & Creativity

    Dance • Drama & Improv • Ceramics • Arts & Crafts • Science & Nature • Busy Builders & Construction • S.T.E.A.M. Projects • Music • Outdoor Cooking

  • Swimming

    Swim Lessons • Free Swim

  • Special Activities

    Theme Days • Artist-In-Residence

  • Sports

    Sports Play & Games • Gaga • Yoga • Floor Hockey • Tae Kwon Do • Golf • Basketball • Baseball • Soccer • Volleyball

  • Jewish Culture

    Shabbat Celebrations • Israeli Village • Maccabi Games

Elaine Frank Apachi In Action

jamee smithJamee Smith

Director, Elaine Frank Apachi

Jamee Smith has been with Apachi Day Camp for 27 years and every year she still counts down the days until camp begins. She began as a counselor and quickly realized she wanted to be a part of Apachi Day Camp year-round. Jamee feels lucky to be the Director of Elaine Frank Apachi because not only does she see all the big smiles on campers’ faces each day, she also gets to watch her campers and staff grow and change over the course of each summer. Her favorite thing about Elaine Frank Apachi is watching the relationships form between campers and staff because Jamee knows those bonds are magical.

Jamee holds a B.S. in Broadcast Journalism from the University of Kansas and a Master’s degree in Teaching from National Louis University. When she is not at work, she loves spending time with her family, walking her dog, Jack, listening to music, knitting, reading, and exercising.

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Apachi Village Lake Zurich

(3-4 years)

Apachi Village Day Camp is big on fun in a nurturing environment where emerging independence is fostered in our youngest campers.

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Specialty Program

Apachi STEM

(4th-7th Grade)

If you’re a camper who enjoys problem solving, and being creative and innovative while working on STEM projects, this will be a fascinating experience for you.

NEW for 2022! New curriculum developed by Noggin Builders.

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Specialty Program

Apachi Performing Arts Camp

(4th-7th Grade)

Campers will develop their acting, dance, musical theatre, improvisation, stage makeup and backstage skills. Plus, a final performance for families!

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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 with Camp Chi

Twice the fun! Combine Apachi Day Camp with Camp Chi Overnight Camp for one incredible summer experience and save 20% on the cost of Camp Chi.

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Elaine Frank Apachi 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. Artists-in-residence visit weekly to expose campers to exciting experiences and teach new skills through magic, juggling, percussion, dance and other activities. Everyone comes together for Shabbat celebrations, cookouts, theme days, field trips, parent nights, undernighters as well as our own fantastic carnival and Maccabi Games Color competition. And we never forget the sports, arts and crafts, swimming, field trips and other special activities that make camp so Apachi.

American Red Cross Swim Program

Campers are taught to swim at Elaine Frank Apachi 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.

Elaine Frank Apachi campers swim twice a day with swim instruction in the morning and free swim in the afternoon.

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 and will wear colored wrist bands noting their level. This way they can swim safely and comfortably in an appropriate swim area during free swim times. Progress reports are sent home during the summer with a summary of skills your child is working on and those already mastered.

Optional round-trip bus transportation for campers living within our designated boundaries is available for a fee. Bus pick-up and drop-off locations are a combination of door-to-door, corner and cluster stops. Locations are determined based on registration and routes are designed to be as efficient as possible. Routes may change from summer to summer depending on enrollment. Buses are driven by licensed, professional drivers, and staffed by Apachi bus counselors who make sure campers stay buckled in their seats at all times.

Campers can also carpool to and from camp using our convenient carpool lanes. To make camp pick-up as efficient as possible, we assign each car or carpool a number that we can use to quickly match campers with their rides. Sweet, simple and safe! All campers in carpools are escorted to and from their cars by our staff. The carpool form can be accessed on CampInTouch.


A pizza lunch is provided on Tuesdays and there is a hotdog cookout every Friday. The remainder of the week, please send along a sack lunch that we’ll refrigerate.

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.

The nurse, is in

Our full-time registered nurse is on-site all summer to treat minor injuries and prescribe campers a little “tlc” when needed. If your child visits the nurse, you will receive a note describing the treatment. In the rare event of a serious injury, you will be notified immediately and, if you are unavailable, we will contact those on your emergency calling list.

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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Please Note: Ages and grades listed below are as of the 2021-22 school year.

Juniors  |  3-4 yrs

Whatever number of days you are looking for, our 3 and 4 year-old program is designed to provide a fun and positive camp experience, plus swim instruction. Campers participate in a full spectrum of activities where the emphasis is on being active, acquiring new skills and developing special bonds. They benefit from meaningful participation in a camp community designed just for them. Small group sizes with experienced and mature, caring counselors give each child the attention he/she needs to thrive in fun summer activities, games, sports and more. You and your child will feel the reassurance you need for a comfortable and successful camp experience.

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Explorers  |  K-Grade 3

The Explorers’ high–energy day focuses on skill–building, a variety of camp activities, boosting self–esteem and forging new friendships. Explorers includes daily swim lessons, free swim, individual and team sports, performance and mixed media–arts, field trips and undernighters.

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Apachi Performing Arts Camp  |  Grades 4-7

Guided by experienced directors and performers, campers will develop their acting, dance, musical theatre, improvisation, stage makeup and backstage skills. Campers will participate in a final performance for their families in the evening of the second Thursday of each session.The camp day will also include our favorite Elaine Frank Apachi camp activities, such as free swim, to create a well-rounded camp experience. Daily attendance is encouraged.

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Apachi STEM  |  Grades 4-7

Session 1: Explore electricity and design working circuits to make your own doorbell or alarm box. Work together to create a boat for our cardboard regatta and engineer you own working spring car. Plus design & build robots and experiment with chemical reactions!

Session 2: Crazy contraptions are all around us. Explore simple machines and combine them to make elaborate actions. Dive into in the mystery of forensic science with codes and ciphers. Plus design & build robots and experiment with chemical reactions!

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Pioneers  |  Grades 4-7

The Pioneers self-guided schedule keeps the experienced camper asking for more. Children create a personalized summer by choosing a Track choice of arts, sports or adventure, which meets three times per week, plus Specialty choices, including competitive and individual athletics, performance, fine arts, science and more, which meet twice per week.

Pioneer campers are in the pool for free swim every day. Additionally, Grade 4 campers have swim lessons three times per week and Grade 5-7 campers have swim enrichment rotations, including mermaiding, diving, junior life guarding, water polo and more, twice a week.

There’s an all-unit field trip each week, which adds to the fun. Plus, Grade 5-7 campers go on one Track choice field trip each week as well.

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CIT  |  Grade 8-10

CITs will work with a camp group and counselor(s) to help make camp a fun place by assisting with daily camp activities, while serving as a role model for younger campers. Throughout the summer, CITs will have training opportunities designed to help develop their leadership and communication skills. Our preference is for CITs to commit to a 4- week session.

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Try Chi

2nd–6th grade
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 STEM  +  Elaine Frank Apachi  +  Chi Overnight Combos

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

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Additional Options

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All Apachi Day Camps are fully inclusive of children with disabilities. Call Keshet for more information concerning camping opportunities for campers who may need additional support. JCC Chicago and Keshet are partners serving children with disabilities in summer day and overnight camps.

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Contact Us

For more information or to request a tour, contact us at 847.726.0800 or complete the form below.