We’re so excited for this summer! Here is some important information to get you started for Keshet’s three camp programs:
Teen & Tween Camp-Full Day: Camp takes place at Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Skokie. Campers spend the mornings doing camp activities (art, games, sports) and afternoons swimming, gymnastics or other camp fun. Fridays are special days with entertainment or field trips.
ESY with Teen & Tween Camp-Half Day: High school students attend ESY at Ida Crown Jewish Academy in Skokie in the mornings. After lunch, they join the fun at Teen & Tween Camp. Afternoons are spent swimming, at gymnastics or doing other camp activities. Fridays are special days with entertainment or field trips.
ESY with Camp Northbrook: Elementary and middle school students (including recent 8th grade graduates) attend ESY at Solomon Schechter Day School in Northbrook. After lunch, the program transitions into camp. Afternoons are spent swimming, at gymnastics or doing other camp activities at Schechter. Fridays are special days with entertainment or field trips with Teen & Tween Camp.
If you are not certain which camp program your child is enrolled in, please contact Anca at firstname.lastname@example.org or 847.205.1234.
Monday, June 19: Camp begins for campers attending Teen & Tween Camp Full Day
Tuesday, June 20: Camp begins for campers who attend ESY in the morning
Friday, August 4: Last day of Teen & Tween Camp & Camp Northbrook
9:30am Drop Off
3:30pm Pick Up
Shannique Shelton, Camp Director | Teen & Tween Camp
Shannique is the Lead Paraprofessional at Keshet’s high school. She has worked at Keshet for five years and this will be her fourth summer at camp. Her favorite part of camp is making memories with our campers that they will never forget. Shannique is a mom to two adorable children, including her daughter, A’Rayha, who volunteers at camp.
Matt Cohen, Assistant Director | Teen & Tween Camp
After a few years away, Matt is returning to Keshet from his job as a special education teacher at Farragut High School. He has over 30 years of experience in the disability field as a teacher, department head and case manager. Matt is also on the Parents Rights Committee for the Chicago Teachers Union. He is looking forward to meeting everyone at camp.
Vivian Salgado, Site Supervisor | Camp Northbrook
Vivian is a paraeducator who has worked at Keshet and Intrinsic Schools. She already knows most of our day school students and can’t wait to spend the summer outside, having fun with them.
Jessie Draper, Social Worker
Jessie is a Keshet all-star. She has worked at Keshet for 11 years, including being on the leadership team at Teen & Tween Camp in her earlier days. She is currently the social worker at Keshet’s high school and transition program. During the summer, she will provide additional support for our campers to help us best meet their needs.
–> EVERY ITEM NEEDS TO BE LABELED WITH CAMPER’S FIRST AND LAST NAMES
Lunches will be refrigerated when campers arrive at camp. Lunches must be peanut and tree nut free. Please label lunches with your child’s name and if they are Kosher.
Yes! We would love to have a set of extra clothes (including underwear) for each camper that stays at camp until needed.
On the first day of camp, please send a bag with an extra set of clothes. Both the clothes and the bag should be labeled with your camper’s first and last name.
There is a Meet & Greet for campers and their parents on Wednesday, June 14th at Ida Crown Jewish Academy (8233 Central Park Ave, Skokie) from 2:30-4:00.
Each day, campers will go home with a home note written by their counselor. The note will have specific details about the camper’s day, sharing any necessary highlights, updates or reminders. If there are any immediate issues or concerns, camp staff will make a phone call to the parents.
Of course, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to us. We want to make sure your camper has a successful and positive experience at camp.
For campers who are signed up for the overnight trip, they will go to Camp Chi with us on August 7-11. This program is an additional fee. More information will be provided later in the summer.
This school year, Keshet and Schechter have launched an inclusive kindergarten program, where students with disabilities will learn alongside typically developing peers. Not only does this commitment demonstrate a belief that everyone benefits when everyone is included, it also addresses a gap in services available in our community.
Keshet is so fortunate to have incredible DSPs like Jordan Spiwak, who believe wholeheartedly in Keshet’s mission and care so deeply for our participants. Working at Keshet has completely changed his life for the better, giving him a sense of purpose and a deeper connection to his Jewish identity.