Flowers for Nepal

Posted November 30, 2015 by

In April 2015, a massive 7.9 magnitude earthquake struck Nepal and was followed by a series of aftershocks. The damage was devastating. Thousands of people lost their lives and houses, schools and other buildings were destroyed. Nepal hadn’t seen destruction like this in over 80 years.

What happened in Nepal in the spring provided the backdrop for one of the most meaningful community service projects we did last summer. We joined Students Rebuild Flowers for Nepal Challenge to raise money for rebuilding the school system in Nepal. The challenge required campers and staff made garlands of tissue paper flowers that were sent to Students Rebuild. For each garland, a small donation was made to relief efforts in Nepal. Team CHIne On made over 150 garlands during summer 2015, and contributed to the worldwide movement behind this challenge.

We value the opportunity to bring global community service and global awareness to Camp Chi,

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Feeling Thankful

Posted November 24, 2015 by

When we asked Chi campers, staff and alumni to complete the sentence, “I am thankful for…,” we received essentially the same response from everyone — we are thankful for the people in our lives and for camp. Whether family or friends, we find value in those who make our lives brighter and more meaningful.

We hope this list inspires you to think about who (and not only what) you are thankful for this year.

I am thankful for…

My family, food, house and friends. -Joah Weissman

Camp Chi, for giving me everything I’m thankful for… My best friends, my favorite memories, a second family just as close as my first, and my home. I will forever be thankful to camp for changing my life in the best ways possible. -Jared London

My camp family and the amazing experiences that we share together.

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Megan’s Mitzvah Project

Posted November 19, 2015 by

Camp Chi has been a very special place for Megan, ever since she first participated in Try Chi five years ago. She calls it her home away from home, and travels all the way from Boston every summer to attend camp. The community at Chi has shaped Megan’s adolescence, and she now wants to give back to that same community.

Her Mitzvah project has three parts: beautification, education, and support. Megan has rallied a group of friends and family members who will be painting park benches that will be sent to Camp Chi to serve as resting places for children and adults during breaks in camp activities. Camp Chi is also beginning an onsite library, and Megan is collecting gently-used books to help get the library going before the first camper arrives next summer. (Books are being collected at the Weinger JCC in Northbrook.)


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CHIrt Day 2015

Posted November 18, 2015 by

From Australia to England, Israel to the United States, Camp Chi ruach was felt throughout the world yesterday! Thank you to everyone who emailed photos to us or shared them through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat and email. It is so much fun to see everyone rockin’ their Chi shirts.

We collected over 150 photos yesterday.  Enjoy this slideshow that includes most of them. You can search all forms of social media for #CHIrtDay to see even more.



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International #CHIrt Day 2015

Posted November 12, 2015 by
chirtday15 Show the world which camp you love!

On Tuesday, November 17, we want Chi campers, staff, alums, parents, siblings and grandparents to wear their favorite Chi shirts (aka CHIrts). Get decked out in Chi gear to show the world which camp has the most ruach.

It’s easy to be part of this worldwide event:

1.  Wear Chi gear on November 17th

2.  Take a picture showing your Chi ruach

3.  Share your photo with us in any of these ways: (you choose!)

Post to JCC Camp Chi Facebook page
Tweet @campchi
Instagram and tag @campchi
Email it to so we can post it for

4.  Use #CHIrtDay and #CampTShirtDay in all of your posts

The coolest part? Everyone who shares a photo in one of these ways before 9:00pm CST on Tuesday will be entered into a drawing for a pizza party for your cabin at Ron’s house this summer.

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