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.
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, stand up paddle boarding, fishing, tubing, 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.
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.
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.