2021 Safety Measures:

Smaller Group Size

• 10-14 campers per group
• Social distanced between other groups

Health Screening

Daily Screening: Prior to dropping your camper off at a bus stop or carpool line, parents or guardians will need to complete a daily screening form that the camp will provide.

Face Coverings

• Campers and staff will wear face coverings during the camp day whether indoors or outdoors, unless…
– Playing a game outdoors and 6 feet apart
– Eating lunch or snack
– During swimming or water play
• Face coverings must be properly worn over the nose and mouth. 

Hand Hygiene

• Campers and staff will hand sanitize between every activity and handwash before and after lunch.
• When reapplying sunscreen, staff will sanitize before and after helping a camper.
• Staff will wear gloves when passing out food to campers during lunch and snack.


• Majority of the camp activities will take place outdoors.
• When indoors, depending upon the facility, windows and doors will be open as necessary, and air filters will be employed where available.


• Maintenance staff will sanitize high-touch surfaces throughout the day.
• A deep clean of the indoor spaces will take place at the end of every day.

Programming Safety Measures

Each campsite will differ upon their facilities and program offerings, so please talk to your Camp Director for more information.


• Campers will be pre-assigned seats.
• Windows will be down for proper ventilation.
• Face coverings will be required throughout the duration of the bus ride.
• Campers and bus staff will be screened prior to entering the bus.
• Buses will be properly sanitized between bus routes.


• Limited groups will be in the pool at the same time.
• Counselors and Aquatics staff will wear protective gear as necessary. based upon their role and distance from the campers.
• Locker rooms will be properly sanitized in between the different groups.
• Campers will be tested for swim skills the first week to ensure safety in the pool.
• Swimming Goals:
– Juniors and Explorers: swim safety and getting acclimated back to the water.
– Trailblazers and Pioneers: free swim

Extended Care

• Campers will be placed within their age groups and social distanced from others.
• Face coverings will be worn at all times.
• Extended Care will take place outdoors. If it rains, your Camp Director will contact you regarding your camp’s rain plan.

Strong Partnerships

Apachi Directors are in constant communication with our partners to provide a safe environment for our campers.


Summer 2021 FAQs

Prior to dropping your camper off at a bus stop or carpool line, parents or guardians will need to complete a daily screening form that the camp will provide.

Hand washing stations will be placed throughout our campuses.

Campers and staff will be asked to wash their hands between activities and before eating.

The campus will cleaned and sanitized regularly throughout the day.

Camp schedules will ensure these safety measures take place and do not take away from camp activity time.

Directional markers placed throughout the grounds will help ensure distancing between camp families.

We are encouraging health and wellness practices at camp and will be teaching our campers fun ways to engage with one another without touching (elbow high-five, shake dance, toe tap).

All counselors will have a safety fanny pack filled with necessary items to keep campers healthy and safe.

Yes, all campers and counselors will wear their face coverings. If the camp group is participating in an activity that allows them to be 6 ft apart, they can remove their face covering at that time. At lunch time or when eating a snack, the campers will be properly spaced.

We provided letters to all of our employees allowing them access to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. JCC Chicago is highly encouraging our staff to get vaccinated to keep our community healthy and safe; however, we cannot mandate it at this time. Besides the COVID-19 vaccine, staff must receive all of their other vaccinations to be eligible to work at Apachi Day Camp.

Yes, we have a current plan in place. It will be updated to address COVID-19 symptoms and related precautions as needed. Enrolled families will have access to it before the first day of camp.

Parents and visitors will not be allowed on the campus this summer. Arrival, dismissal, and mid-day pick up/drop off times will be modified. Your camp director will explain the new procedures. Campers and staff who are running programs are the only people allowed onsite during the camp day.

There might be times throughout the summer that due to weather we need to cancel camp for the day. We will notify you of this through our normal means of communication.

All camps, except for Elaine Frank Apachi and Apachi Village Lake Zurich, will follow the Cook County Travel Guidance. Please refer to the Emergency Travel Order.

Elaine Frank Apachi and Apachi Village Lake Zurich will follow Lake County Travel Guidance.

Both are being updated consistently based upon the COVID-19 cases.

If your camper has a pre-existing medical condition or is for any reason at a higher risk for complications related to COVID-19, please consult with your child’s healthcare provider and inform Apachi as soon as possible so that we can work together to assess risk and come up with an individual plan for your family. Learn more who is most at risk.

Every campsite will have an onsite nurse or leadership team member assigned to handle medical situations. If they determine the camper has symptoms of COVID-19, there will be a designated space to isolate the camper until the parent/guardian picks up their child. This is to limit the exposure to the other campers and staff on the campus. Parents/Guardians will need to report back to camp the result of a COVID-19 test so we can inform the group. The name of the camper will be kept private from other families.

While the affected camp group will need to stay home for 14 days in quarantine, camp can remain in session.

If a camper has been exposed to someone in their immediate household who tested positive for COVID-19, they are required to stay home for 14 days in quarantine. The camp group will be able to continue attending camp.

For the first 3 days a child misses, no refunds or credits will be given. Absence due to COVID-19 after 3 days will be credited to the families account to be used for any JCC Chicago programming.

For the first 3 days of closure, no refunds or credits will be given. Absence due to COVID-19 after 3 days will be credited to the families account to be used for any JCC Chicago programming.


Check out our successful and fun Summer 2020 Apachi Day Camp Experience!

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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