Camp Chi Celebrates 100 Summers
Thriving Jewish communities are built by strong Jewish leaders. And for so many across Chicago, the country and the world, the seeds of Jewish leadership were planted at Camp Chi.
One of the country’s premier Jewish overnight camps, Camp Chi, has a rich legacy of helping children, teens and young adults discover and nurture their Jewish identities. For nearly 100 years, campers have spent summers at Chi making new friends, building confidence, learning skills and developing values that stay with them long after camp ends.
“Camp Chi taught me that the Jewish community was bigger than just my family,” alumni Shelley Stolman says. “I loved coming together with other campers to celebrate Shabbat, and I first developed my interest in Israel there. Chi has been the biggest influence in shaping my Jewish identity.”
As Camp Chi’s first century comes to a close, it must invest in its future to have impact into the next. With today’s youth and teens faced with an ever-increasing slate of non-Jewish choices for their summers, Camp Chi needs significant updates to continue attracting and molding our Jewish leaders of tomorrow.