‘Z’ FRANK APACHI

4 years – 7th grade + CIT

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

terri blennerTerri Blenner

Director, ‘Z’ Frank Apachi

After 17 years as the Director of ‘Z’ Frank Apachi and 30 years with Apachi J Camp, Terri Blenner still can’t wait for Shabbat each week during the summer. For Terri, there is nothing quite like the sounds and singing of the campers every Friday afternoon. She loves seeing campers become more independent, learn to “live” in a community, and grow each day as they experience new activities and gain new skills throughout the course of a summer. Terri’s work is continually inspired by her camp families and seeing summer experiences and traditions passed down through generations. In fact, Terri now has campers whose parents were her campers too.

Terri holds a B.S. in Education and a Teaching Certificate (K-8) from Bradley University. Outside of work she loves spending time with her three grandchildren.

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Specialty Program

Apachi Ivrit

Apachi Ivrit combines all the fun of Apachi J Camp 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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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!

‘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 sent home during the summer with a summary of skills your child is working on and those already mastered.

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.

Food

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.

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 2019-20 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 11/16/18
Winter
Ends 2/28/19
Spring
Through Camp
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/17-7/12$2,895$3,145$3,245
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/15-8/9$2,895$3,145$3,245
Session 1 + | 6 Wks6/17-7/26$3,995$4,245$4,345
Session 2 + | 6 Wks7/1-8/9$3,995$4,245$4,345
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/17-8/9$4,795$5,045$5,145

 

Apachi Ivrit  |  4 Years-Grade 2

Apachi Ivrit combines all the fun of ‘Z’ Frank Apachi while exposing campers to conversational Hebrew, by listening and speaking with counselors and friends. Campers play, laugh, sing, swim, run and create in the warmth of a close-knit camp group. Campers come home each day proud of their new language skills – along with new friendships, great camp memories and a love of Hebrew.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/16/18
Winter
Ends 2/28/19
Spring
Through Camp
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/17-7/12$2,895$3,145$3,245
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/15-8/9$2,895$3,145$3,245
Session 1 + | 6 Wks6/17-7/26$3,995$4,245$4,345
Session 2 + | 6 Wks7/1-8/9$3,995$4,245$4,345
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/17-8/9$4,795$5,045$5,145

 

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, free swim, field trips, and undernighters.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/16/18
Winter
Ends 2/28/19
Spring
Through Camp
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/17-7/12$2,895$3,145$3,245
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/15-8/9$2,895$3,145$3,245
Session 1 + | 6 Wks6/17-7/26$3,995$4,245$4,345
Session 2 + | 6 Wks7/1-8/9$3,995$4,245$4,345
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/17-8/9$4,795$5,045$5,145

 

J-Hawks Sports  |  Grade 1-3

Some campers just can’t get enough sports. Our sports specialty includes skill development and game play in core sports (baseball, basketball, soccer and flag football) along with innovative games, international sports and league play. There’s time each day for swim lessons and free swim.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/16/18
Winter
Ends 2/28/19
Spring
Through Camp
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/17-7/12$2,895$3,145$3,245
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/15-8/9$2,895$3,145$3,245
Session 1 + | 6 Wks6/17-7/26$3,995$4,245$4,345
Session 2 + | 6 Wks7/1-8/9$3,995$4,245$4,345
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/17-8/9$4,795$5,045$5,145

 

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. Weekly field trips and two undernighters add to the fun. For Pioneer 5/6 camper their program includes out of camp choice specialties in addition to their in camp choice specialties.

SessionDatesEarly Bird
Ends 11/16/18
Winter
Ends 2/28/19
Spring
Through Camp
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/17-7/12$3,105$3,355$3,455
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/15-8/9$3,105$3,355$3,455
Session 1 + | 6 Wks6/17-7/26$4,445$4,695$4,795
Session 2 + | 6 Wks7/1-8/9$4,445$4,695$4,795
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/17-8/9$5,245$5,495$5,595

 

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.

SessionDatesFee
Session 1 | 4 Wks6/17-7/12$1,380
Session 2 | 4 Wks7/15-8/9$1,380
Session 1 + | 6 Wks6/17-7/26$1,975
Session 2 + | 6 Wks7/1-8/9$1,975
Full Summer | 8 Wks6/17-8/9$2,415

ZFA  +  Chi Combo

Combine ‘Z’ Frank Apachi J Camp with 2, 3 or 4 weeks of amazing overnight camp at JCC Camp Chi to create an extraordinary summer! If you want to do a combo with ZFA Sports, register online and then let us know.

SessionGradesFeeCanteen
Chi Session 1A + ZFA Session 24-7$7,275$120
Chi Session 1B + ZFA 5 Weeks4-7$7,035$120
ZFA Session 1 + Chi Session 24-7$7,275$120
ZFA 6 Weeks + Chi Mini Session 13-7$6,800$120
ZFA 6 Weeks + Chi Mini Session 23-7$6,800$120

Try Chi

2nd–6th grade  |  Aug 11-14  |  $349
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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Add-Ons

SessionFee
TransportationIncluded
Before CareIncluded
After Care at ‘Z’ Frank Apachi$355-715
After Care at Bernard Weinger JCC$355-715
After Care at Apachi Skokie/Evanston$355-715
Lunch$100-205
Birthday Celebration$25

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 847.272.7050 or complete the form below.

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