Few other things can compare to the fun of the Jewish summer camp experience, which combines the excitement of getting out of the house to experience nature with the fun of Jewish fellowship. For Jewish families in the greater Chicago region, one of the premier options is Camp Nageela Midwest, which provides an outstanding camp experience for children and teens. Located on over 500 acres of pristine Indiana countryside, the camp offers everything from fresh, nutritious kosher meals and Jewish observances to ziplining and SCUBA classes, all under the auspices of the national Nageela camp system.
Founded in 1983 by Rabbi David Shenker as a Long Island-based youth outreach program that became the Jewish Education Program (JEP) of Long Island, Camp Nageela proper began in 1988, when Rabbi Shenker established a camping program with rented property in upstate New York. By 2000, Camp Nageela had moved to a permanent home in Fallsburg, New York, and six years later, the Chicago Jewish community organized a new branch in Marshall, Indiana. Today, campers from Nevada to Florida participate in the Nageela camping program, and Camp Nageela Midwest is a beloved destination for Chicagoland Jewish youth, who enjoy a wide variety of activities, as well as an annual field trip, paintball excursions, and other fun summer activities.
The three-week camp experience, which features separate sessions for boys and girls, represents only part of the Nageela experience. Camp Nageela Midwest offers a number of exciting programs designed to ensure that every child enjoys a healthy and safe summer. Camp Nageela’s jChill (Jewish Chicago Interactive Learning) program for boys provides a variety of seminars on Jewish topics and opportunities to meet with camp friends. In addition, Shorashim, which is designed for girls between grades three and seven, provides weekly meetings with refreshments and a fascinating Jewish curriculum.