‘Z’ Frank Apachi Day Camp is located on our beautiful 10-acre campus in Northbrook. With large green spaces, manicured athletic fields, shaded areas and shelters, it’s the ideal place for kids who love to play, create and explore. Our camp features air-conditioned spaces, two large heated outdoor pools, an outdoor cooking classroom, arts and crafts studio, adventure tree, boating, tennis court, a climbing wall and more.
Campers can try everything from sports, arts and crafts and gaga, to clowning, cooking, drama, yoga and rock climbing. Music is always in the air, theme days are legendary, and our Shabbat celebrations foster a true sense of community and connection.
2020 Camp Dates & Times
Full Summer | 8 Weeks | June 22 – August 14
Session 1 | 4 Weeks | June 22 – July 17
Session 2 | 4 Weeks | July 20 – August 14
Camp Hours | 9:30am – 3:30pm
Before care begins at 7am
After care ends at 6pm
Come and meet the ‘Z’ Frank Apachi Day Camp Director, Stacey Skolnick, and ask all your questions about camp!
Thursday, January 30 | Noon-1:00pm
Starbucks, 1931 Cherry Ln., Northbrook
Sample 50/50 block
New Campus Facilities at ‘Z’ Frank Apachi
A permanent, framed, outdoor pavilion for all-camp Shabbat programs, song sessions, rainy day activities and special events
Renovated bathhouse showers and restrooms
Remodeled, covered changing areas with larger cubbies
Upgraded pool pump room with improved filtering efficiency
Adventure Tree • Climbing Wall • Obstacle Courses • Boating
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
Daily American Red Cross Swim Lessons • Daily Free Swim
Weekly Themes • Field Trips • Cross Town Classic • Artist in Residence • Weekly Special Event • Undernighters
Israel Experience • Maccabi Games • Shabbat Celebrations
New for Summer 2020!
New! Permanent, framed outdoor pavilion for programs and special events
New! Remodeled, covered changing areas
New! Bathhouse showers and restrooms
New! Exciting, focused sports & athletics program
New! Gymnastics and other specialties
New! Noggin Builders for Explorer K’s
‘Z’ Frank Apachi In Action
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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 2020-21 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.
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.
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.
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.
Combine ‘Z’ Frank Apachi Day 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.
2nd–6th grade | Aug 16-19 | $359
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.