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 and Ramah Day Camp.

Our Camps

New for 2024: Keshet is expanding and enhancing camp options to best meet the needs and interests of families, kids and teens.

Keshet’s day camps will be closed on July 4 and July 5.

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Camp Keshet North

Camp Keshet North is a warm, welcoming summer camp designed especially for first time and experienced campers in elementary and middle school. The half-day program provides a supportive environment where kids thrive through multi-sensory play experiences, including water play, art, movement, music and outdoor exploration. Campers swim weekly at a local public pool. Our trained camp counselors and paraprofessionals ensure that each child’s unique needs are met, fostering a sense of belonging, growth and joy.

Camp Keshet North is open to campers who attend ESY in the mornings with Keshet or another school or are looking specifically for a half-day camp.

Solomon Schechter, Northbrook
12:00-3:30pm
June 17-August 9
Ratio: 1:1 or 1:2
5-13 years
$4,400

Camp Keshet South

Camp Keshet South is perfect for teens who are looking for summer fun in an encouraging and supportive environment. With both half-day and full-day options available, both programs promote social-emotional growth through traditional camp activities, such as music, art, fitness and games led by specially trained instructors. Weekly trips include swimming at local pools and gymnastics. Fridays are special theme days or field trips.

Campers who opt into the half-day program typically attend ESY at Keshet or other public schools before joining us at camp.

Campers who attend Camp Keshet South have the option to add-on the Overnight Trip on July 29-August 2 at a nearby sleepaway camp.

Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Skokie
June 17-July 26
Ratio: 1:1 or 1:2
14-21 years

Half-Day
12:00-3:30pm
$4,200

Full-Day
9:30-3:30pm
$5,665

Keshet-On-the-Go

Every day is an adventure! Most days will be “on-the-go” with trips to places like local beaches, amusement parks and water parks. The group also regularly swims at local pools and plays at Viking Gymnastics along with volunteering in the community. Dedicated and experienced staff ensure that safety, vocational and life skill building, and fun are at the heart of every day, making it a summer that teens will never forget.

On-The-Go is designed with a lower staff ratio for campers who need supportive guidance to navigate social situations or high-sensory environments, but are independent in self-care. Campers should be experienced in staying with the group while in public places, following directions and open to trying new things.

Campers who attend Keshet-On-the-Go have the option to add-on the Overnight Trip on July 29-August 2 at a nearby sleepaway camp.

Ida Crown Jewish Academy, Skokie
9:30am-3:30pm
June 17-July 26
Ratio: 1:3 or 1:4
14-21 years
$5,665

Unlock the door to an unforgettable summer journey with KEYS, Keshet’s new August camp! Take charge of your days with themed, choice-based activities, led by specialists and experienced camp counselors. Days will also be filled with traditional camp fun, group games, field trips and more. Experience the ultimate end-of-summer adventure!

Diversity and inclusion matter. KEYS is designed for everyone, of all abilities and backgrounds. Our staff are trained to encourage campers to follow their interests and support them in whatever ways are needed. This means that your entire family can enjoy the fun of KEYS.

Kindergarten-8th grade (2024-2025)
Solomon Schechter, Northbrook
9:30-3:30

Full (Aug 5-16): $1,600
Session 1 (Aug 5-9): $800
Session 2 (Aug 12-16): $800
1:1 support can be provided

 

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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.

Three or four week sessions are available in some situations. Contact Stephanie Darnell at [email protected] to discuss details.

 

A Note About Pricing

Families will pay a discounted camp tuition to JCC Chicago and also pay Keshet for a support counselor.

Keshet does everything we can to address pricing, including lowering our fees this year. Additionally, through the Special Camp Scholarship Endowment Fund all families can receive a $300/week discount ($150/week for Apachi Village). The pricing below reflects these savings.

The Optional Fees for Keshet Support are to provide a counselor to ride the bus or attend before/after care with your camper. JCC has additional enrollment fees for these items.

Need-based fee assistance is also available from Keshet for Keshet’s fees.

JCC Chicago is offering campers with Keshet support a 20% discount on their camp tuition. Bus, before care and after care are full price. You can see Apachi pricing on their website.

Apachi Northside

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June 17-August 2
Pre-K-7th grade
Full Summer: $3,850
Session 1: $2,200
Session 2: $1,650

Optional Fees
for Keshet Support

Bus: $640
Before Camp Care: $480
After Camp Care: $960

 

Apachi Old Town

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Limited spaces available

June 17-August 2
Pre-K-7th grade
Full Summer: $3,850
Session 1: $2,200
Session 2: $1,650

Optional Fees
for Keshet Support

Bus: $640
Before Camp Care: $480
After Camp Care: $960

Apachi Village Northbrook

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June 17-August 9
3-4-year-olds
Full Summer: $4,000
Session 1: $2,000
Session 2: $2,000

 

Elaine Frank Apachi

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Limited spaces available

June 10-August 2
3 years-7th grade
Full Summer: $4,400
Session 1: $2,200
Session 2: $2,200

Optional Fees
for Keshet Support

Bus: $760
Before Camp Care: $1,140
After Camp Care: $1,140

‘Z’ Frank Apachi

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June 17-August 9
4 years-7th grade
Full Summer: $4,400
Session 1: $2,200
Session 2: $2,200

Optional Fees
for Keshet Support

Bus: $760
Before Camp Care: $1,140
After Camp Care: $1,425

Team Bogrim at ‘Z’ Frank Apachi

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Limited spaces available

Team Bogrim (pronounced Bo-greem) is the culmination of summers spent at day camp as campers transition into high school. While campers have a blast with the best camp activities, including swimming, our exceptional staff sprinkle in skill building along the way. Special projects will focus on life skills, social-emotional development, communication, teamwork and problem solving. Campers will feel empowered, gain independence and experience personal growth.

June 17-August 9
8th grade-9th grade
Full Summer: $2,000
Session 1: $1,100
Session 2: $1,100

Inclusive camp programming is made possible through the collaboration of Keshet, JCC Chicago and Jewish United Fund. Check out the fun on their website.

Keshet also provides inclusion support at other nearby Jewish overnight camps.

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JCC Camp Chi

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

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4th-10th grade

Jun 16-Jul 10 | Session 1
$8,190

Jul 12-Aug 4 | Session 2
$8,190

Jun 16-Jun 28 | Take Two
$4,547

Jun 27-Jul 10 | Mini Session 1
$4,547

July 12-July 26 | Mini Session 2
$4,547

Avodah Corps at Camp Chi

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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

Jun 16-Aug 4 | Full Session
$14,700

Jun 16-Jul 10 | Session 1
$7,350

Jul 12-Aug 4 | Session 2
$7,350

 

Gesher at Camp Chi

Gesher 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

Jun 24-Jun 28 | Session 1
$1,920

Jul 15-Jul 19 | Session 2
$,1920

Jul 29-Aug 2 | Session 3
$1,920

Try Chi

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

2nd-6th grade

Aug 6-Aug 9
$918

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.

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Pre-K-8th Grade

Dates and pricing coming soon.

Junior Gan Israel

A nurturing and Jewish environment for the youngest of campers.

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Dates and pricing coming soon.

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 [email protected] or 630.566.9859
Overnight Camp: Polly Cheeseman, Program Manager at [email protected] 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.

Fee assistance applications are due February 1, 2024.

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 Katherine at 847.205.1234 for more information.

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Leaders in inclusive camping

Keshet’s inclusion program at three JCC camps have earned the highest level of accreditation from the National Inclusion Project, an honor that only a small group of programs around the country have received. National Inclusion Project has designated Keshet as a leader and change maker in inclusive recreation, and we are grateful for their partnership and belief in Keshet’s mission.

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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 over 30 years, Keshet has proudly supported campers and fostered disability inclusion at Apachi Day Camps and Camp Chi.

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