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Summer Fun for 2s & 3s
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3–5 yrs • 9:15am–1pm • 4 or 5 day option
This sensational shorter day program sets the stage for your child’s lifelong love of camp and Jewish culture and traditions. Our nurturing, specially trained staff provides your child with the attention and sense of security they need for a positive first camp experience. Small camp groups encourage participation in sports, games, art, dance, Shabbat celebrations and music where the emphasis is on building confidence, making friends and having fun. Three-year-olds attend camp 4 days a week with American Red Cross Swim instruction 2 times per week while four and five-year-olds attend camp 5 days a week and head to the pool 3 times a week for swim instruction. Juniors must be toilet-trained.
Nonstop fun-filled days are packed with opportunities to enjoy new and favorite activities all while developing and exploring Jewish values, culture and traditions. Campers in grade-specific groups improve their skills and build self-esteem through individual and team sports, dance, art, music and instructional/free swim four times a week. Exciting field trips and our third grade undernighter build your camper’s independence and self-confidence. Trips vary by grade level and may include sports venues, boat rides and water/amusement parks.
Our popular Chaverim program is taken to the next level in this exciting new camp option. Experienced campers spend three days a week at camp participating in sports, activities and specialties designed to meet their interests and skill level. A unique bond forms and confidence and lifelong friendships emerge as campers set out twice a week on exciting field trips across Chicagoland and experience one late night undernighter at camp. American Red Cross swim instruction/free swim three times a week and professional entertainment top off the perfect summer.
Enthusiastic athletes find more choice, variety, and league play in this competitive sports program focusing on personal growth and sportsmanship. Through fun skill drills, exciting team-building activities and game play, campers develop new techniques, refine their abilities and improve teamwork. American Red Cross instruction/free swim, 4 times per week, our super-sports undernighter for 3rd grade and up and field trips to sports venues, water parks and exciting attractions add to the fun.
Performing Arts Camp
(PAC) 3rd–6th grade
Guided by professional actors and artists, campers develop their acting, dance, musical theatre, improvisation, stage makeup and backstage skills. Campers develop confidence, build self-esteem and create lasting friendships. Each session features a performance that includes every camper. American Red Cross Swim instruction/free swim, 4 times a week, plus field trips to theatres, galleries, museums and water parks create a well-rounded summer. Participation in many camp favorites including cookouts, Shabbat celebrations, an undernighter at camp and professional entertainment make it a unique balanced experience for your creative camper.
Mayer Kaplan JCC Day Camp Combo with JCC Camp Chi
Save 25% when you combine your JCC Day Camp experience with the best overnight camp—JCC Camp Chi. 2- & 4-week overnight camp options combine with your child's selected day camp program to create 8 weeks of incredible, unforgettable fun.
Kids can find out what it’s like to go to an authentic sleep-away camp, but for a shorter period of time. Campers explore all the great overnight camp activities with counselors who specialize in easing the transition.