A note about Covid safety:
All of our 2021 camp activities will be run in accordance with our Covid safety plans (in active development).
Safety is always #1:
Camp Ben Frankel is proudly accredited by the American Camp Association (ACA). Why is that important? The American Camp Association collaborates with experts from the American Academy of Pediatrics, CDC, the American Red Cross, and other youth-serving agencies to assure that current practices at Camp Ben Frankel reflect the most up-to-date, research-based standards in camp operation. Learn more about ACA accreditation here (use this link: https://www.acacamps.org/campers-families/planning-camp/preparing-camp/fun-safety-aca-accredited-camps-set-standard)
Provide an immersive summer experience where campers can safely have fun while exploring their interests through a variety of activities.
Goal: provide a rich array of fun options
We offer a combination of classic camp activities with an array of innovative options inspired by our campers and counselors. Our staff thoughtfully plan their activity curriculum with the help of experienced educators to ensure a high quality.
A culture of innovation:
In 2019, the last time we hosted CBF Overnight, we offered more than 100 activities for campers and were named to Chicago Parent magazine’s list of 10 amazing summer camps. In 2020, we reimagined our camp activities virtually in the creation of CBF Online and received media attention regionally, nationally, and even internationally. What’s the common thread? At CBF we’re lucky to enjoy a culture of innovation. Our staff members strive to offer a combination of timeless and classic camp activities combined with new options that cater to the varied interests of our campers and utilize the incredible skills of our staff.
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-style 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.
CBF'S PREMIER PROGRAM:
Offered for more than 70 years and is available to children in 2nd-11th grades (2020-2021 academic year).
Space is limited.
4 WEEK OVERNIGHT SESSION
JUNE 20 - JULY 18
Our CIT program provides training in essential skills to foster leadership and prepare participants to be counselors and role models at CBF. Eligible participants must have completed 11th grade in the 2020-2021 academic year. When registering using our application system, select CBF’s Four-Week Overnight Session.
COUNSELOR IN TRAINING (CIT) PROGRAM
JUNE 20 - JULY 18
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 full four-week session. The Rookie session is designed to allow first-time campers to ease into the overnight camp experience and is available to children in 2nd-11th grades (2020-2021 academic year).
Space is limited.
2 WEEK ROOKIE SESSION
JUNE 20 - JULY 5
A discount is available for each sibling registered after the first sibling. The sibling discount is $350 for campers enrolled in the Four-Week Session and $175 for campers in the Two-Week Rookie Session.
TWO WAY REFER-A-FRIEND CREDIT
Earn a $500 tuition credit for each new camper who registers because of your referral - and they'll also earn a $500 tuition credit.
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.
No deposit is necessary for families with a credit from 2020 of $150 or more.
All camp fees must be paid in full by June 1, 2021
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 email@example.com
Families registering online have three payment plan options:
Pay in full at time of registration
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 May 31
Deposits are non-refundable after June 1
As so many parents have witnessed firsthand through our online programming, our camp staff are extraordinarily hard-working and passionate about providing incredible experiences for their campers. In a normal summer at overnight camp, each staff member is able to leave the campsite during their days off in order to get important time to recharge. For 2021, staff will be required to stay onsite for the duration of the summer. With no offsite options, our staff gratuity fund will help provide resources to maintain morale and provide recreational programs.
You may opt-out of the $75 staff gratuity by contacting our office.