4 years – 7th grade + CIT

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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 • Ice Skating

  • Jewish Culture

    Israel Experience • Maccabi Games • Shabbat Celebrations

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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.

‘Z’ Frank Apachi In Action

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Stacey Skolnick

Director, ‘Z’ Frank Apachi

Stacey Skolnick is bringing her positive energy and decades of camping experience to ‘Z’ Frank Apachi and we’re excited to have her on the Apachi team! For the past 31 years, Stacey has worked at Jay’s Camp in Lake Zurich 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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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!

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 transported door-to-door both ways by bus, which is included in your fee. 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 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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All Apachi J Camps are fully inclusive of children with disabilities.

Contact Us

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

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