Camps

Summer is meant for camp

With Keshet support, kids, teens and young adults thrive at day and overnight camps. Whether learning a new swim stroke or participating in a talent show, camp provides the ideal setting for campers to continue growing, learning, socializing and, of course, having fun. Keshet sets the stage for creating lifelong memories and friendships.

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Keshet ensures that everyone is included

Model of inclusion

Keshet is a national leader in facilitating inclusive camp programs where campers with disabilities participate to the greatest possible extent in the full camp experience. Campers with and without disabilities do all camp activities together, eat together and, at overnight camp, live together.

Personalized support

Campers with developmental disabilities or other complex needs benefit from Keshet’s expertise in providing individualized accommodations, behavioral supports and one-on-one care. Each camp site has a Keshet site director and/or inclusion coordinator who works closely with staff to make sure each camper’s individual needs are met.

The right fit

Keshet works with outstanding partner camps and organizations that are deeply committed to promoting inclusion. With 18 day and overnight camp locations, Keshet has a camp program that fits nearly any interest, special need and background. We are proud to partner with JCC Chicago day and overnight camps, Junior Gan Israel, Camp Nageela Midwest and Ramah Day Camp.

Our Camps

Grab your hats, boots and friends and get ready for some real winter fun. With so many options, Keshet’s Winter Camps will let you have the best Winter Break yet.

 

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Keshet Reis Family Winter Overnight Camp

Can’t wait for camp this summer any longer? Don’t worry! We’re heading to Wisconsin for the most fun you can have during winter break. Get ready for games, art, music, indoor and outdoor sports, bonfires, snow tubing and the talent show.

December 26-29, 2022
Camp Chi & Perlstein Retreat Center in Wisconsin
3rd Grade-22 Years
$850

If 1:1 support is needed, please indicate on when you register. 

Camp Chi Winter Camp

Keshet provides 1:1 inclusion support at Camp Chi’s legendary winter camp. If you love Camp Chi in the summer, you won’t believe how much fun you can have when there is snow at camp!

December 26-29, 2022
Camp Chi & Perlstein Retreat Center in Wisconsin
3rd-10th Grades
$850

Winter Break Day Camps

When school’s out, Keshet is in! Each day includes a fun field trip, crafts, games and more. Winter Break Day Camp is open to kids and teens of all abilities. Choose one day or come for all!

Dec 23, Dec 30, Jan 3-6
10am-4pm
$120/day

Details about field trips coming soon.

Save the Date – Spring Family Camp is Coming in April!

April 14-16, 2023
Perlstein Retreat Center & Camp Chi
Lake Delton, WI
$350/adult (18 years+)
$200/child (17 years & under and Keshet participants)
Includes all meals, activities and lodging in hotel-style rooms

Get away to an all-inclusive weekend packed with activities, entertainment, delicious meals and special events. Create lasting memories with the ideal combination of family togetherness along with separate activities for adults and kids. There’s something for all family members and all interests whether you prefer adventure or relaxation.

This weekend is designed especially for families with children who have developmental disabilities, social and communication disorders and other complex needs. Fun activities will take place especially for siblings. All event buildings and housing being used at Keshet Family Weekend are accessible by wheelchair.

More information coming soon.

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Keshet’s very own day camp provides a structured program, positive peer interaction and a nurturing environment.

Days are filled with camp activities -sports, art, music, fitness, drama, yoga, science, dance and more. Special events include community outings to go swimming, explore nature, play at parks and volunteer with community organizations.

A highlight each summer is the Teen & Tween Overnight Trip for 4 days/nights at a nearby overnight camp.

Registration for Summer 2023 opens in January.

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A TRADITION OF INCLUSION

For over 30 years, Keshet has fostered inclusion at JCC Chicago day camps. Hundreds and hundreds of families have relied on Keshet to ensure that their child has the individualized supports needed for a successful summer.

At Keshet, our sole mission is to make inclusion possible and then create experiences that allow for genuine belonging. Our experienced social workers, special education teachers, therapists and recreation professionals do this 365 days/year and bring their expertise to creating the best possible camp experiences for all.


NEW FOR 2023: ELECTIVE CAMP SCHOLARSHIP FOR ALL KESHET-APACHI FAMILIES

For the first time, we are able to offer all camp families attending Apachi Day Camp savings from a special Camp Scholarship Endowment. This is open to everyone and not based on financial need. When you register with Keshet, you will be given the opportunity to select whether you want these savings applied to your account. All you have to do is say yes to get the best pricing on Keshet’s services for Summer 2023.


NEW FOR 2023: SIGNING UP FOR APACHI DAY CAMP

Keshet staff are by your side every step of the way to assist with this process.

  1. Register for the Apachi camp of your choice, and pay the JCC a discounted camp fee of $200/week.
  2. Complete your intake call
  3. Register and pay for inclusion support with Keshet

In November 2022, we sent a letter to all of last summer’s Keshet-Apachi families. This letter contains information about registration and other details associated with the upcoming summer. You can read the letter here.


2023 CAMPS, DATES & RATES FOR KESHET SUPPORT

This does not include tuition to JCC Chicago or fees for busing, before or after care.

Three or four week sessions are available in some situations. Contact Drew McNamara at dmcnamara@keshet.org to discuss details.

Apachi Evanston
3 years-7th grade
June 12-August 4

Full Keshet Fee: $8200
Elective Scholarship Savings: $2400
➡️ Your Fee to Keshet: $5800


Apachi Northside

4 years-7th grade
June 20-August 4

Full Keshet Fee: $7175
Elective Scholarship Savings: $2,100
➡️ Your Fee to Keshet: $5075


Apachi Old Town

4 years-7th grade
June 20-August 4

Full Keshet Fee: $7175
Elective Scholarship Savings: $2,100
➡️ Your Fee to Keshet: $5075

Apachi Rogers Park
K-7th grade
June 22-August 11

Full Keshet Fee: $7175
Elective Scholarship Savings: $2100
➡️ Your Fee to Keshet: $5075


Apachi Village Northbrook

Half day program | 3-4 years
June 19-August 11

Full Keshet Fee: $6760
Elective Scholarship Savings: $1760
➡️ Your Fee to Keshet: $5000

Elaine Frank Apachi
3 years-7th grade
June 12-August 4

Full Keshet Fee: $8200
Elective Scholarship Savings: $2400
➡️ Your Fee to Keshet: $5800

 

‘Z’ Frank Apachi
4 years-7th grade
June 19-August 11

Full Keshet Fee: $8200
Elective Scholarship Savings: $2400
➡️ Your Fee to Keshet: $5800

 

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Inclusive camp programming is made possible through the collaboration of Keshet, JCC Chicago and Jewish United Fund.

Keshet also provides inclusion support at other nearby Jewish overnight camps. Contact Joelle Kelenson for more details.

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JCC Camp Chi

Keshet and JCC Camp Chi partner to provide a fully inclusive camp experience.

campchi.com

3rd-10th grade

4 week sessions
June 18-July 14 | Session 1
July 16-August 11 | Session 2
$7800

3 week session
June 18-July 7 | Session 1B
$6000

2 week sessions
June 18-June 30 | Take 2
July 2-July 14 | Mini Session 1
July 16-July 30 | Mini Session 2
$4330

*Additional fees for bus, canteen and trip account.

Avodah Corps at Camp Chi

Avodah is a vocational skill-building program at Camp Chi for 16-22 year-olds who are ready (or close to ready) for independent work. Through rotations and assigned job placements throughout camp, participants will gain life and job skills while also having opportunities for recreation. Support ratio 1:3.

16-22 years old

4 week session
July 2- July 30
$7100

2 week sessions
July 2-July 14
July 16-July 30
$4000

*Additional fees for bus, canteen and trip account.

Avodah team members may be able to add on one or two sessions of Gesher. For more information, eligibility and pricing, contact Joelle Kelenson.

Gesher at Camp Chi

New for 2023: Gesher is a new Keshet program taking place at Camp Chi. It is designed especially for teens through age 22 who are seeking summer fun and a break from being at home. Gesher is a camp where “you can be you” with a choice of activities, structured free time and plenty of opportunities for fun. Support ratio of 1:1 or 1:2.

16-22 years old

2 week sessions
June 18-June 30 | Session 1
July 30-August 11 | Session 2
$4330

4 weeks of Gesher
Gesher campers can attend Session 1 and Session 2
$7800

*Additional fees for bus and canteen.

Try Chi

Experience a summer’s worth of fun and adventure in 4 days/3 nights of overnight camp.

campchi.com

2nd-6th grade

August 13-16
Price TBD

Ramah Day Camp

Ramah Day Camp ensures that every camper feels at home, with a deep connection to Jewish values and traditions. Keshet provides 1:1 support for campers, fostering inclusion and belonging for campers of all abilities.

ramahday.com

Pre-K-8th Grade
June 19-August 11
$6700

Junior Gan Israel

A nurturing and Jewish environment for the youngest of campers.

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Contact Joelle Kelenson for more information.

 

Reserve your spot for the best summer ever

Complete the application to let us know your interest. Our staff will then be in touch with next steps.

Please contact us with any questions or to discuss which program option is best for you child.

Day Camp: Drew McNamara, Program Manager at dmcnamara@keshet.org or 630.566.9859
Overnight Camp: Polly Cheeseman, Program Manager at pcheeseman@keshet.org or 630.566.9391

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Fee assistance

Need-based fee assistance is available for camp for those who qualify. Awards are made on a rolling basis until funds have been fully distributed. It is important to register for camp early to ensure funding is available for your family.

Families will indicate their interest in receiving assistance when they register online. Our team will then be in touch with you about next steps. Contact Anca at 847.205.1234 for more information.

Applications for fee assistance are due by February 6, 2023.

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Partners in inclusion

Keshet and JCC Chicago are partners in serving children with disabilities in summer day and overnight camps. For almost 30 years, Keshet has proudly supported campers and fostered disability inclusion at Apachi Day Camps and Camp Chi.

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