4 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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Upcoming Events

We always have new events coming up. Learn more about Information Sessions and more!

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Camp Activities

  • Adventure

    Adventure Tree • Climbing Wall • Obstacle Courses • Boating


  • Sports

    Basketball • Baseball • Soccer • Volleyball • Court Hockey • Tennis & Racquet Sports • Gaga • Yoga • SNAG® Golf • Group Games • League Play

  • Arts & Creativity

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

  • Swimming

    Daily American Red Cross Swim Lessons • Daily Free Swim

  • Special Activities

    Weekly Themes • Field Trips • Cross Town Classic • Artist in Residence • Weekly Special Event • Undernighters

  • Jewish Culture

    Israel Experience • Maccabi Games • Shabbat Celebrations

‘Z’ Frank Apachi In Action

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Stacey Skolnick

Director, ‘Z’ Frank Apachi

Stacey Skolnick brings her positive energy and decades of camping experience to ‘Z’ Frank Apachi! Stacey worked at Jay’s Camp in Lake Zurich for 31 years as a counselor, unit head and ultimately served as program director for 25 summers. Stacey’s favorite thing about summer is – everything! She just loves the way summer feels, sounds and smells and she thinks creating a warm, safe environment for campers and staff to flourish is a must.

Stacey holds a B.S. in Psychology from Columbia College Missouri and a Master’s degree in Teaching/Early Childhood Education from National-Louis University. She is a yogi and yoga teacher, and a very proud mom of twins.


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Alison Blake

Assistant Director, ‘Z’ Frank Apachi

As a past camper and counselor at ‘Z’ Frank Apachi Day Camp, joining the Apachi family has truly been full circle for her. Alison credits her camp experiences with shaping who she is today, and she looks forward to providing campers with the transformative and special summer experiences she’s been touched by first-hand.

Before joining ‘Z’ Frank Apachi, Alison served as Director of Events and most recently, Chief of Staff, at Produce Alliance, LLC. helping to implement a program that provided accessible nutrition, strengthened underserved communities, and helped feed over 9 million families fresh food across the nation during the Pandemic. Alison studied Recreation Leisure and Hospitality at Florida State University, and she’s worked in the hospitality and events industry for 15+ years. She is beyond thrilled to bring her years of operations, programing, relationship development and management experiences to camp.

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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 Combos

Apachi + 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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J at School

You can save on the cost of camp by combining Apachi Day Camp with your child’s J at School After Care or Before & After Care Combo
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Early Childhood

When you combine Apachi Day Camp with Early Childhood, you can save 20% on the cost of camp!
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Our Parents Say…

My son just loved camp! He was very sad it ended. Everything was perfect, from the bus always being on time, to the great and timely communication between staff and families. Your experience and professionalism shines through!

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‘Z’ Frank Apachi Details

Camp groups

Camp units are based on the grade campers are entering in the fall. These units are made up of single gender groups with about 12 to 18 campers per group, depending on the campers’ ages. We consider friendship requests, schools, and suburbs when grouping our campers.

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 of 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, parent nights, undernighters as well as our own fantastic carnival and Olympic themed Maccabi games. 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 ‘Z’ 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.

‘Z’ 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 available each day through the British Swim School app.

Campers living within our designated boundaries are eligible for bus transportation, either one way or round trip. Routes are based on safety, efficiency and enrollment. (If registering after April 15, campers will be incorporated into existing routes). 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.

If you drive your child to camp, complimentary before camp care is available beginning at 7:00am (campers are brought to their trees when buses begin to arrive.). Campers living outside ‘Z’ Frank Apachi boundaries are responsible for their own transportation to and from camp.


A pizza lunch is provided on Wednesdays 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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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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Please note: Due to record inflation there will be a one-time surcharge of $25/week per camper to support a rise in direct costs including counselor pay. Given the important role of our summer staff, we have increased their pay to ensure our ability to hire the very best team for our campers.

First Time Campers Save up to $750 with CampStart

Our CampStart program provides $750 savings for eight weeks of camp. Campers attending for four weeks save $375. Offer good for children entering 2nd grade or younger and applied after registration.

Please Note: Ages and grades listed below are as of the 2022-23 school year.

Juniors  |  4 Years

Setting the stage for your child’s lifelong love of camp, counselors specially trained to work with young campers make our Junior Explorers feel safe and secure. Small group activities including sports, games, art, dance and music emphasize participation, building confidence and having fun. Campers swim twice daily with one period of swim instruction and one period of free swim.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/19/21
Ends 2/28/22
Through Camp
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/20-7/15$3,300$3,525$3,650
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/18-8/12$3,300$3,525$3,650
Session 1 + | 6 Wks6/20-7/29$4,535$4,760$4,885
Session 2 + | 6 Wks7/5-8/12$4,535$4,760$4,885
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/20-8/12$5,440$5,665$5,790

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Explorers  |  K-Grade 3

The Explorers’ high–energy day focuses on skill–building, new activities, boosting self–esteem and forging new friendships. Explorer campers follow a weekly schedule which allows them to experience a variety of our specialties, as well as, daily swim lessons and free swim.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/19/21
Ends 2/28/22
Through Camp
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/20-7/15$3,300$3,525$3,650
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/18-8/12$3,300$3,525$3,650
Session 1 + | 6 Wks6/20-7/29$4,535$4,760$4,885
Session 2 + | 6 Wks7/5-8/12$4,535$4,760$4,885
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/20-8/12$5,440$5,665$5,790

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Pioneers  |  Grades 4-7

The Pioneer’s self-guided schedule keeps the experienced camper asking for more. Children create a personalized summer by choosing among competitive and individual athletics and cultural, performance, fine arts and more. Campers cool off twice daily in the pool with one period for swim instruction and one period for free play. Pio Zone, a special hangout area just for Pioneers (4th-7th Graders), adds to the fun. For Pioneer campers their program includes a choice specialties and clubs founded on the camper’s interests.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/19/21
Ends 2/28/22
Through Camp
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/20-7/15$3,535$3,760$3,885
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/18-8/12$3,535$3,760$3,885
Session 1 + | 6 Wks6/20-7/29$5,040$5,265$5,390
Session 2 + | 6 Wks7/5-8/12$5,040$5,265$5,390
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/20-8/12$5,915$6,140$6,265

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CIT  |  Grades 8-10

Develop leadership and communication skills, while serving as a role model for children. Successful completion of this program makes the CIT eligible to apply for a staff position the summer before entering 11th grade. Interview required.

Session 1 | 4 Wks6/20-7/15$1,525
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/18-8/12$1,525
Session 1 + | 6 Wks6/20-7/29$2,180
Session 2 + | 6 Wks7/5-8/12$2,180
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/20-8/12$2,660

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Try Chi

2nd–6th grade  |  Aug 14-17  |  $385
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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ZFA  +  Chi Combo

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

ZFA Session 2 + Chi Session 1A6/19-8/124-7$7,820$120
ZFA 5 Weeks + Chi Session 1B6/19-8/124-7$7,620$120
ZFA Session 1 + Chi Session 26/20-8/124-7$7,820$120
ZFA 6 Weeks + Chi Mini Session 26/20-8/123-7$6,980$75
ZFA 6 Weeks + Chi Take 26/19-8/124-7$6,980$75

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Session4 Weeks6 Weeks8 Weeks
Before Care at ‘Z’ Frank ApachiIncludedIncludedIncluded
After Care at ‘Z’ Frank Apachi$415$615$810
Birthday Celebration$25$25$25

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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For more information or to request a tour, contact us at 847.272.7050 or complete the form below.

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