The Ultimate List of Returning Specialists

Posted May 3, 2016 by
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Announcing the list of 2016 returning Specialists! We are so lucky to have such a great group returning this year. From the ropes course to the pool, from athletics, to horseback riding, to arts and crafts and photography and beyond, these amazing staff will help us explore all of the exciting things camp has to offer.

Of course, there are still MANY more names being added to the list, not to mention a great group of NEW staff that are eagerly counting down the days (just like we are) until camp starts! We will keep you up to date as we finalize our staff lists and get ready to see you at camp in just over a month! You can check out the list of returning Staff here, and our list of JCs here.


Hey Specialists and any other staff members! Don’t see your name on any of these lists but think it should be?

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Welcome to the Welcome Center

Posted April 28, 2016 by

This coming summer Camp Chi is excited to introduce our new Aerial Adventure Park, complete our 250 seat fire circle, add another new Moomba Water-Ski motor boat for our fleet and…. unveil a newly renovated and expanded Camp Chi main office as our new Welcome Center.

An office may seem insignificant in the big picture, and I realize that an office renovation may have little meaning for campers, but, for camp staff, this rises to the level of Super Excitement. After all, most of you are thinking, “What is the big deal about office space?” Well, if you were to tell someone who knows nothing about Chicago Cubs baseball that you just received an Ernie Banks rookie baseball card in mint condition, they might say, “big deal.” However, to the avid Chicago Cubs baseball fan, they would be Super Excited!! So, to camp staff,

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Groovy Teens – Get Ready for 2016

Posted April 26, 2016 by
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There’s no place in camp that has the same feel as Noar. Nowhere else in camp is hang time quite the same, no one else has their own beach volleyball court, their own spike ball nets, their own deck, or their own dining hall. All together it creates an atmosphere that cannot be recreated anywhere else.

Not only is our space unlike any other, but so is the freedom of choice. This year Noar campers will once again get to choose their own dailies, and we have some pretty great options in mind. Noar campers also get to choose their own intensives, and this year we are looking to have more than ever! From bowling with Brad, golfing with Gary, baking, improv, song leading, mural painting, to overnight camping trips, Noar campers will never be without these special breakout sessions that sets them apart from every other village.

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Why is Passover Different Than Any Other Holiday?

Posted April 19, 2016 by
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With the mark of Passover in 4 short days and summer just 62 days away, many of us are thinking about all new things that lie ahead. How we will enjoy the newfound spring weather? What will reconnecting with our families around a Seder be like? What new things should we try at camp this summer? Who is coming back, and which new friends will we make?

The events of the exodus mark a new beginning for the Jewish people. The timing of the Passover holiday marks the beginning of spring time.  For me, this Passover holds particular significance because it also marks my new beginning. Moving to a new city, Chicago, to take a new job as Assistant Director at Camp Chi, entering my 30’s, and starting a whole new chapter in my personal journey.  My life now, like many aspects of Jewish history, is marked by living in pre and post pivotal moment;

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Camp Chi in the Sky!

Posted April 14, 2016 by
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The ravine has always been a magical and somewhat mystical part of camp. We can all remember our first ravine hike through the beautiful woods, exploring our own personal river, nearly untouched by the outside world. It is a slice of calm surrounded by the all of the activities and buzz of camp. Now knowing how amazing the ravine is from down below, can you imagine what it must look like from up above?

This year for the first time ever, the fence separating the athletic field and the ravine will no longer just be for foul balls never to be seen again. Instead it will be the gateway into our brand new AERIAL ADVENTURE PARK! This course is so big that it extends from the athletic field almost all the way down to the horse stables. If that isn’t enough, the course takes place on both sides of the ravine.

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