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We know that you may have many questions about the Camp Chi experience. Here are some things we’re commonly asked. Have more questions? Contact us!
JCC Camp Chi is located on 600 acres of pristine woods and waterfront property in Lake Delton, Wisconsin, near the Wisconsin Dells. The property is private, non-visible from roadways and set well apart from its surrounding neighbors.
Most campers are picked up locally by luxury coach buses. The buses are very comfortable and are well equipped with video monitors and bathrooms. Counselors serve as chaperones on each bus and help ease the transition into camping life. Campers coming from a greater distance can fly to O’Hare airport in Chicago or Dane County airport in Madison. They will be met at the airport by staff and then driven to Camp Chi. Some families choose to drive campers and drop them off at camp.
JCC Camp Chi has been welcoming campers, 9-16 years old, for over 93 years. Campers can’t wait to return year after year. Many of our camper families have made JCC Camp Chi their summer home for generations.
Boys and girls live in separate villages with other kids in their same grade. This lends to the atmosphere of a small and intimate camp that allows staff to design special age appropriate programs. Each village consists of a circle of 4-6 cabins, a washhouse and a fire circle for evening campfires. In addition to the cabin counselors and specialists who reside with the campers, a village leader and other supervisory staff live in each village. Teens live in “Teen Camp” and have a separate dining hall and recreation center.
All of the cabins at JCC Camp Chi are wooden buildings with bunk beds. There is one large room where all the campers sleep and keep their things in cubbies. The counselors have their own room in the cabins separated from the campers’ space by a curtain. Each village is equipped with one or more washhouses containing sinks, individual toilet stalls, and individual showers. Our janitorial staff clean the bathrooms twice each day.
Of course! We understand the importance of friendships to the camper experience. We do our best to accommodate up to two mutual friend requests. A friendship request form is available with the rest of the enrolled camper forms on our web site.
Many campers come to camp without knowing anyone. Our counselors are experts at helping campers form new friendships from the moment they arrive at camp.
It is not uncommon for first time campers to feel homesick. We have years of experience at helping campers transition to resident camp life. For most kids, this is short term. Through the comforting and guidance of our well trained staff, they quickly adjust and go on to have an incredible summer experience.
We serve three nutritious and kid-friendly kosher-style meals each day. Each cabin sits together at meals and food is served family style. Our menu changes daily, and meals may include:
- Scrambled eggs
- Chicken Tenders
- Grilled cheese
Your child’s health and safety is our first priority. Our air conditioned Health Center is open 24 hours a day and is staffed by a resident physician and seven nurses. In the unlikely event that it is needed, emergency medical treatment is also available at a nearby hospital.
Our caring medical staff address campers’ health and medical needs. For specific concerns you should call us to speak with a director prior to registering. All parents complete medical history forms for their camper which are maintained on camp site.
We are fortunate to have so many staff members who return to JCC Camp Chi year after year. In fact, 90% of our cabin counselors are former Chi campers. To add to the richness of the camp experience, we also hire staff from around the world to create an environment of global diversity and cultural interest. All staff are personally screened and selected by one of our camp directors to ensure our highest standards are met. Before camp begins, all staff participates in an intensive education program in addition to ongoing training throughout the summer.
Jewish traditions guide and enrich the JCC Camp Chi summer experience. Campers enjoy special Shabbat celebrations and Israel education programs. Jewish values such as kavod (respect), kehilla (community) and chesed (kindness) serve as the foundation of our community. Interactions and connections with other Jewish campers and Israeli staff set the groundwork for a uniquely powerful sense of pride for our Jewish heritage. While we find joy in our Jewish identity, we welcome everyone from all backgrounds.
Shabbat is one of those truly special times at JCC Camp Chi. Every Friday evening, campers attend Shabbat Services together in our outdoor amphitheater. Our great song leaders and guitar players lead services with the help of campers. Services last about forty-five minutes before the whole camp enjoys a festive, traditional Shabbat dinner followed by singing and dancing. On Saturday, campers swim, play sports and games, and do some special Shabbat activities. Shabbat ends with a beautiful outdoor Havdalah service on Saturday night.
Camp Chi can arrange for your child to receive Bar/Bat Mitzvah “coaching” from our Bar/Bat Mitzvah tutors for three 30-minute periods per four-week camp session. Each camper is responsible for meeting the tutor during the assigned time. Whenever possible, these sessions will occur during rest hour or other free periods. This service is available for an additional fee to campers with B’nai Mitzvot occurring prior to November 1.
We make a big deal about birthdays at camp! We even have a special birthday song and dance. Counselors talk with children about how they want to celebrate which can include decorating the cabin, singing happy birthday at dinner, and having a party. Parents can arrange a call in the camp office and order a special birthday party through the Canteen. We promise that every birthday spent at camp will be very memorable.
We work with experts in the Chicago community to provide camping experiences for children with a variety of special needs. Through Keshet, we provide a fully integrated camp experience for children who need additional assistance from the help of a one-on-one counselor. Additionally, we partner with Jewish Children and Family Services to offer Camp Firefly, a camp for children with social and communication disorders. Registration for these programs is managed by Keshet and Camp Firefly.
Fee assistance is available based on demonstrated need. The first step is to register for Camp Chi with a reduced deposit. Then complete the JCC Fee Assistance Application. Please contact us at 847.763.3551 for more information and application information.
We encourage you to register as early as possible to ensure that you have a space reserved in your desired group and session. We have programs that fill every year. We are happy to take your registration online or by phone at 847.763.3551.
We make every effort to accommodate the needs of our families and campers. In the event that you need to make a session change after you’ve registered, give us a call at 847.763.3551 and we will do our best to assist you.