Orthodox Girls, Grades 5-11
Busses arrive with laughter and cheers as campers from across the country, come together each summer at Chavayah, JCC Chicago’s overnight camp for girls. Just three hours from Chicago, on the grounds of award-winning JCC Camp Chi, campers explore amazing activities in a torah-rich environment while focusing on improving middos, embracing prayer and study and deepening love for our rich Jewish heritage.
Your camper will come home with greater confidence, independence and character along with further appreciation for her Jewish identity.
Learning Through Participation
Under our gentle guidance, campers develop areas important in a young lady’s life. Through Parsha, stories, role playing and journaling your daughter will gain enthusiasm and pride for her rich heritage. At Shacharis davening, we explore the prayers and gain a deeper appreciation for the beautiful text of our siddur.
Shabbos is very special with zemiros, ruach, dancing and camaraderie. Davening in serene surroundings adds to the achdus. Afternoon walks, games, skits, and Divrei Torah, prepared and given by your daughters, make this time together memorable. Special guest rabbis and their families guide and enrich Shabbos experiences.
Your camper will be eager to explore over 600 acres of indoor and outdoor excitement on the grounds of JCC Camp Chi. Modern facilities bring your camper’s summer alive with horseback riding at our private stables, sports in our air-conditioned gymnasium and water sports off our private docks. Campers cool off at our private waterfront sandy beach and secluded outdoor pool and enjoy a range of new, fun and challenging activities. For a list of activities see our Frequently Asked Questions.
Highly qualified professionals, our directors share a common passion for Judaism and the Hebrew language that shows through their enthusiasm, dedication and innovation. Our counselors make sure campers are having as much fun as possible while giving them the personal attention to feel comfortable at their new home away from home.
- Staff Bios
Wendy Singer, Director
Wendy has an MS from Spertus College. Her passion for integrating Jewish values into overnight camp goes back to her years as the Assistant Director at JCC Camp Chi. She brings incredible energy, enthusiasm and positive attitude to camp creating a genuinely caring and cooperative, deeply Judaic environment for your child.
Bracha Polstein, On-Site Director
We are thrilled to have Mrs. Bracha Polstein returning for her fourth summer. She has been teaching Judaic and secular studies at Jewish day schools for more than 30 years. This dynamic, nurturing and inspirational educator will generate enthusiasm and growth in your daughter.
- 2016 Registration
Chavayah Overnight Camp for Girls
Sunday, June 19–Wednesday July 13
Juniors – Entering 5th and 6th Grade
Juniors is the perfect unit to guide campers while they transition into life away from home. Our nurturing staff are hand selected for this age group to help them adjust smoothly into camp life. Campers are exposed to all of our amazing camp activities ranging from western horseback riding to the fine arts. After their first summer at Chavayah they will feel the Ruach and be hooked for life!
Seniors – Entering 7th and 8th Grade
Campers thrive on autonomy in this age group. The activities are endless and are all designed to match this stage in child development. Campers participate in more camp activities and have special late night programs. The schedule is designed specifically for 7th and 8th grade campers to experience more at Chavayah while have ample time to create lasting life-long friendships!
Teen Camp – Entering 9th and 10th Grade
Teenagers find just what they are looking for at Chavayah! Later wake-ups and curfew are all included in this amazing program. Teens have the chance to design their own day by choosing specialty activities for 3 and 4 day rotations. At Chavayah teens can stretch themselves by trying new activities and mastering different challenges. Come see what other surprises Teen Camp has in store for you!
Staff-in-Training – Entering 11th Grade
Chavayah’s Staff In Training program introduces campers entering 11th grade campers to the responsibilities of being a Chavayah Staff member. The program teaches leadership skills through hands-on experiences, special projects, guest speakers and formal training. Specific areas of training include child development, group dynamics, team building, learning and camp programming. Depending on SIT’s interest they can work with a bunk group or in a different area of camp.
Please call the camp office for more information or to apply at 773.761.9100.
Chavayah Overnight Camp for Girls
combined with Bernard Horwich JCC Day Camp
8 week Combo | Sunday, June 19–Friday, August 12
Frequently Asked Questions
- What does the daily schedule look like?
- 7:30am | Wake Up
- 8:00 | Daven
- 8:30 | Breakfast
- 9:00 | Shiur – Learning Groups
- 9:45 | Activity 1
- 11:00 | Swim or Water Front
- 12:15pm | Lunch
- 1:30 | Lunch/Canteen
- 2:30 | Activity 2
- 3:45 | Activity 3
- 5:00 | Swim or Water Front
- 6:15 | Mincha
- 6:30 | Dinner
- 7:45 | Night Activity
- 9:00 | Lodge Curfew (Older campers have a later curfew.)
- Where is Chavayah Overnight Camp for Girls Located?
Camp is located on the grounds of JCC Camp Chi, on 600 acres of wooded land on Lake Blass in Lake Delton, Wisconsin. Chavayah is housed separately at the Perlstein Resort and Conference Center. About a 3.5 hour drive from Chicago.
- What kind of activities do you have?
- Tether Ball
- Outdoor Cooking
- Arts and Crafts
- Horseback Riding
- High Ropes Course
- Low Ropes Course
- Climbing Wall
- Waterfront Inflatables
- Team Sports
- Do campers get to choose what they do?
- Juniors (5th and 6th Grade) and Seniors (7th and 8th Grade) participate in all activities as a bunk
- Teen Camp (9th and 10th) participants are able to choose an activity they really enjoy for 3-4 days at a time!
- How many campers and counselors are in each bunk?
Each bunk has about 8 campers, 1 Senior Counselor, and 1 S.I.T. (staff in training)
- Where do campers sleep?
Campers live at the Perlstein Resort and Conference Center which is in a section of Camp Chi. The rooms are rustic hotel style rooms. There are 3-4 girls in each room. Each room has its own bathroom with shower. Every room is air conditioned.
- Can my daughter request to bunk with a friend?
Camp provides a wonderful opportunity to meet new friends. However, if you daughter has her heart set on bunking with her bestie, mutual friendship requests can be made before June 1st. While there are no guaranteed about room assignments, we take this process very seriously and try to make everyone happy.
- Where do campers come from?
Chavayah campers come from all over the country! In the summer of 2015 we had representation from 11 different US states. Our largest population of campers comes from the Chicagoland area.
- What is camp food like?
The food is amazing, our campers love it! A variety of options are offered at meals to cater to different tastes and a salad bar is available at most meals. In addition to the daily meals we offer snacks and campers visit our camp canteen for special treats 3 times a week. All food at camp is served under cRc supervision (all meats are Glatt). No food may be brought from home, unless arrangements are made in advance for special dietary reasons (allergies, gluten free, etc).
- Food allergies?
Campers with food allergies and dietary restrictions safely attend our camp each summer. The camp director and kitchen staff will make every effort possible to address your daughter’s needs. Please call the camp office prior to the start of camp to discuss your individual expectations.
- What does my child do if she needs to see a doctor or nurse?
Your daughter’s health and safety is our number one priority. JCC Chavayah Overnight Camp for Girls has access to Camp Chi’s Health Center. Staffed by 6 to 7 nurses and a resident physician, the health center is centrally located, air-conditioned and open 24 hours a day. Campers receive excellent medical attention should they require treatment, take daily medications or need medical observationIf a child needs to get a prescription medication or needs to sleep in one of designated sick rooms we will notify you.
- How does my child get to camp?
We offer round trip bus transportation from the Bernard Horwich JCC via coach bus for an additional transportation fee. You can sign up for the bus at registration time or at a later date once your plans are made. You may also drive your child to camp.
- What if my child is needs to take an airplane to get to camp?
Camp will provide bus pick from O’Hare Airport ONLY for an additional transportation fee. Please contact the camp office for details BEFORE you book your flight.
- What does my child do with her luggage?
Luggage will go on bottom of the coach bus that your child is riding to camp.
- What should my child pack?
Please see our 2016 What to Pack List.
- Do you provide laundry service?
Camp provides laundry 2 times during the camp session.
- Do you provide linens?
Camp provides sheets, pillows, and blankets for all campers.
- What extra money should my child bring?
Please send your child with $70 cash in small bills placed in a labeled envelope. This will be their money for all visits to our camp canteen and trips. We will help campers manage this money. If for some reason they run low, we will contact you.
- Are there offsite camp trips?
We take campers on trips during the camp season. Trips may include Devil’s Lake State Park, Mt. Olympus Amusement Park, bowling, etc.
- How can I communicate with my camper?
You may send snail mail, emails, and packages that adhere to our camp package policy. The package policy can be found in our parent guide which will be sent once your daughter is registered.
- When will I hear from my child?
You will receive pictures and newsletters from camp every few days. Your child may call home on their birthday or if they are ill. You may contact the on-site Camp Director anytime there is a concern. She will return all calls within 24 hours, less if there is an emergency.
- What are the night activities?
Our evening programs are fantastic! Each night after dinner staff create and implement engaging activities for the campers. Activities may include: talent shows, bon fires, bunk competitions, pool parties, and more!