2023 EARLY BIRD REGISTRATION IS
AUG 1-15, 2023
IN MAKANDA, IL NEXT TO THE
SHAWNEE NATIONAL FOREST
Thank you for Covid-free summers in 2022 and 2021!
We're grateful to all of our camp families and staff who contributed towards our Covid-free summers in 2022 and 2021, thank you!
Provide an immersive summer experience where campers can safely have fun while exploring their interests through a variety of activities.
We offer a combination of classic camp electives together with an array of innovative options inspired by the creativity of our staff. Our counselors thoughtfully plan the curriculum with the help of experienced educators to ensure activities are high quality and fun.
CBF'S PREMIER PROGRAM:
Offered for more than 70 years and is available to children in 2nd-10th grades (2022-2023 academic year).
Space is limited.
Early Bird: $4995
4 WEEK OVERNIGHT SESSION
JUNE 25 - JULY 23, 2023
Our CIT program provides training in essential skills to foster leadership and prepare participants to be counselors and role models at CBF.
Registration: When registering using CampMinder, select CBF’s Four-Week Overnight Session.
Application: After registration, CIT candidates must complete an application and interview.
Eligibility: for teens enrolled in 11th grade in the 2022-2023 academic year.
Space is limited.
Early Bird: $4995
COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT) PROGRAM
JUNE 25 - JULY 23, 2023
ROOKIE CAMPERS PROGRAM:
Rookie campers live together in bunks with four-week campers and experience the same program and schedule. After a successful first week, parents may elect to extend their child to the four-week session.
Eligibility: The Rookie session is designed to allow first-time campers to ease into the overnight camp experience and is available to first time campers in 2nd-5th grades (2022-2023 academic year).
Space is limited.
2 WEEK ROOKIE SESSION
JUNE 25 - JULY 9, 2023
A discount is available for each sibling registered after the first sibling. The sibling discount is $350 for campers enrolled in a Four-Week Session and $175 for campers in the Two-Week Rookie Session.
A $150 deposit is required per camper upon enrollment. Deposits paid by check must be received within 7 business days in order to finalize enrollment.
All camp fees must be paid in full by May 1, 2023
We are committed to ensuring that all children are able to attend Camp Ben Frankel, regardless of financial need.
We partner with the One Happy Camper (Campership) program to provide first-time incentives to encourage parents to choose Jewish camp. Local program providers define eligibility in coordination with the Foundation For Jewish Camp. Please check their website for details at www.onehappycamper.org.
Internal, need-based assistance is available through our scholarship fund. Before requesting a financial aid application, we recommend the following:
Speak with your rabbi or synagogue educator. Many congregations provide assistance for summer camp tuition.
Check this database of need-based scholarships maintained by the Foundation For Jewish Camp.
Jewish Federation assistance may be available in your area.
To request a financial aid application, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Families registering online have three payment plan options:
Pay in one lump sum by or before May 1, 2023
Pay in equal monthly installments
Create a customized plan to be approved by camp’s administration
All fees, including deposit, will be fully refundable if camp is cancelled due to Covid-19
The $150 deposit is fully refundable until Dec 1, 2022
Our camp staff are extraordinarily hard-working and passionate about providing incredible experiences for their campers. Our staff gratuity fund helps provide recreational programming and supplies to boost morale and express gratitude for their incredibly hard work.
You may opt-out of the $85 staff gratuity by contacting our office.
We offer a variety of creative STEM activities and projects for campers. Examples include robotics, model rocketry, coding, physics, Rube Goldberg machines, and more. This activity area is always evolving.
Our aquatics program is a great way for campers to enjoy swimming, splashing, and safely playing in the water. Water safety always comes first and includes an instructional swim program. Activities include swim instruction, free swim, aquapark, water aerobics, canoeing, kayaking, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, and more.
Arts, Crafts, & Culinary Arts
We combine skill instruction with the freedom and support to experiment and be expressive. Some examples include cooking, painting, ceramics, pottery, bracelet making, jewelry making, tie dye, beading, drawing, crafting, origami, and much, much more.
Imagination & Gaming
Our campers and staff love unleashing their imaginations and putting their minds to work while gaming. We offer role playing games like Dungeons and Dragons and Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Always popular: strategy games like Settlers of Catan, Magic The Gathering, Pokemon, and more. We also offer classic board games like chess, which experienced a surge of popularity in 2020. Like our other activity areas, we are always developing more activities for this program and welcome suggestions!
One of our core values is “creating immersive experiences” and we love to make the most out of our natural surroundings and help campers foster a relationship with the environment. Programs include high ropes, climbing, teams course, hiking, camping, outdoor cooking, survival skills, archery, fire building, scouting, and more.
Performing Arts, Music, & Media
Camp is one of the best places to unleash your imagination in a safe and supportive environment. Whether embracing your creativity or getting a standing ovation during a performance, here are some example activities that campers can choose from: acting, improv, musical theater, dance, book club, creative writing, comic books, camp newspaper, guitar, ukulele, singing, rock band, song writing, percussion, music appreciation, songleading, and much more.
We love sports at CBF! Our programs combine a focus on teambuilding, skill-building, sportsmanship and respect led by skilled role models. Campers can choose from basketball, baseball, softball, personal fitness, yoga, meditation, martial arts, ping pong, spike ball, Dude Perfect, cross country, ultimate frisbee, tennis, volleyball, soccer, frisbee golf, football, relay races, capture the flag, and much, much more.
7:00 – Boker Tov (Wake up)
8:00 – Haramat Degel (Flag Raising)
8:10 – T’fila Options (Morning Services)
8:30 – Aruchat Boker (Breakfast)
9:30 – Limud (Judaic Elective)
10:00 – Pe'ulah (Cabin Activity)
11:20 - Chug Aleph (Camper Choice Activity #1)
6:40 – Aruchat Erev (Dinner)
7:30 – Horadat Degel (Flag Lowering)
7:40 – Evening Program
9:00 - Evening Snack
9:15 – Medura (campfire) and Friendship Circle
9:45 – Chalutzim Laila Tov (Lights out for grades 2-6)
10:00 – Giborim Laila Tov (Lights out for grades 7-10)
10:30 – CIT Laila Tov (Lights out for grade 11)
12:45 – Aruchat Tzohorayim (Lunch)
1:25 – M’nucha and Mail (Rest Hour)
2:35 - Chug Bet (Camper Choice Activity #2)
3:45 - Afternoon Snack
3:55 – Chug Gimel (Camper Choice Activity #3)
5:10 - Pe'ulah (Afternoon Cabin Activity)
5:50 - Shower Time
Living Jewishly at CBF
CBF is a pluralist Jewish community. That means we provide opportunities for each camper, from any Jewish background, to create meaningful Jewish experiences to ensure they feel positively connected with Judaism, tikkun olam, and Israel.
We celebrate Shabbat, have a kosher kitchen, and partner with the Foundation for Jewish Camp and MASA Israel to infuse our activities with the latest best practices in Jewish informal education. Example Jewish activities include art in prayer, tikkun olam, Hebrew (basic, intermediate, conversational), Jewish values in nature, Israeli culture, history of Israel, bar/bat mitzvah tutoring, Jewish identity discussion, Jewish storytelling, torah/haftorah reading, Sedra scenes (skits based upon the torah portion), Mussar, and more.