To children, there’s nothing like summertime! Relaxed schedules, more time with family and friends, and of course, summer camp! Carefree camp days are so much more than fun in the sun. Camp is an essential place where kids grow socially and emotionally, build lasting friendships, make meaningful memories and develop important skills that benefit them throughout the school year.
Apachi Day Camp is focused on children’s healthy development, and they put camper care at the forefront of everything they do. Every camper’s social emotional growth is supported, and in response to the challenges brought on by the pandemic, they felt it was important to expand their camper care program, ensuring the presence of social workers at all nine Apachi Day Camp locations throughout the northern suburbs and Chicago. The mental health and social emotional development initiatives they employ each summer include:
- mindfulness sessions
- “peace tents” around camp to help campers regulate their bodies and feelings
- group sessions focusing on role playing and problem solving around conflict with peers
- giving campers access to therapeutic stress relief and fidget toys, mindfulness and social emotional coping skills books
- yoga sessions centered around learning relaxing breathing techniques, focusing exercises and calming stretches
- self-kindness focused art projects
Apachi Day Camp’s commitment to camper’s wellbeing has a profound impact on their community. One Apachi mom said:
“My child really struggled during the pandemic and was super reluctant to go to camp, but I gave him no choice. He immediately loved it, especially his counselors. He felt safe, encouraged, and himself. I firmly believe this has been a transformative summer for him. Thank you all so much. He can’t wait to go back next summer. Please let his counselors know how much I appreciate their willingness to share their experiences with ADHD. It really destigmatized it for him.”
You can feel confident knowing your child will have a safe, meaningful and unforgettable summer at Apachi Day Camp. There’s a huge variety of fun activities and camp traditions including rock climbing, sports, science, performing arts, Shabbat Celebrations, Maccabi Games, Theme Days and spirited song sessions. With nine locations, there is an Apachi Day Camp experience available from the northern suburbs to Chicago for children 3 years – 7th grade + Counselors in Training (8th-10th grade). For more information, please visit www.apachi.org.