Elaine Frank Apachi Day Camp and Apachi Village in Lake Zurich are focused on children’s healthy development, and they put camper care at the forefront of everything they do. They have a dedicated team of professionals, Community Care specialists, who support campers’ social, emotional and physical well-being. The mental health and social emotional development initiatives they employ each summer include:
- Offering mindfulness sessions to build awareness and observation skills
- Leading yoga sessions centered around learning relaxing breathing techniques, focusing exercises and calming stretches
- Holding group sessions focused on role playing and problem solving around conflict with peers
- Participating in self-kindness focused art projects
- Offering an indoor sensory space that helps campers regulate their bodies and feelings
- Giving campers access to therapeutic stress relief and fidget toys, and mindfulness and social emotional coping skills books
Apachi Day Camp’s commitment to camper’s wellbeing has a profound impact on their community. One Apachi mom said:
“My child 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.”
Apachi is able to build strong camp communities where everyone feels they belong just the way they are through programming such as The Nora Project. Campers learn about empathy, inclusion and disability awareness, friendship skills and how to identify, communicate and manage the emotions they feel through engaging, social-emotional focused activities and games. These social emotional skills developed at camp, truly set campers up for success during the school year and beyond.
Apachi Day Camp focuses on supporting each camper’s whole self. This is why so many say “It’s Not Just Day Camp. It’s So Much More!”. Apachi’s caring camp community coupled with their huge variety of fun activities and camp traditions including sports, arts & crafts, science, performing arts, Shabbat Celebrations, Maccabi Games, Theme Days and spirited song sessions, make for one unforgettable summer. Elaine Frank Apachi serves children 3 years – 7th grade + Counselors in Training (8th-10th grade) and shares the beautiful Lake County JCC campus with Apachi Village Lake Zurich, a half day program solely for 3-and 4-year-olds. For more information, visit www.apachi.org.
*This sponsored post is brought to you by JCC Chicago.