ELAINE FRANK APACHI

3 years – 7th grade + CIT

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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 • Ice Skating

  • Sports

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

  • Jewish Culture

    Shabbat Celebrations • Israeli Village • Maccabi Games

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Ice skating in the summer? Yes!

We’re so excited to bring one of your favorite winter activities to camp! This ice stands up to summer temps so you can skate to your heart’s content.

Elaine Frank Apachi In Action

jamee smithJamee Smith

Director, Elaine Frank Apachi

Jamee Smith has been with Apachi J Camp for 25 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 J 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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Specialty Program

Apachi STEM

Introducing Apachi STEM at Elaine Frank Apachi! 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.

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Apachi Village Lake Zurich

For children 3-4 yrs

New for summer 2019 is Apachi Village Lake Zurich, our beloved Apachi program for preschoolers! Apachi Village J Camp is big on fun in a nurturing environment where emerging independence is fostered in our youngest campers. With our focus solely on 3 and 4-year olds, everything is sized just right for your little one with all age-appropriate activities.

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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 J Camp with Camp Chi

Does your child love both Apachi J Camp AND Camp Chi? Combine day and overnight camp together for an incredible summer experience!

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.

Food

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 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.

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.

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 847.726.0800 or complete the form below.