Jewish Council for Youth Services

FROM THE Education

Located in Lakeview, Wicker Park, Highland Park, Buffalo Grove, and Ingleside, JCYS is a place where children are treated with respect and love in an educational environment that is challenging, creative, exciting – and most importantly – fun!

Guided by Jewish values, JCYS offers Infant & Toddler Care, Preschool, Day & Overnight Camp, Kindergarten Enrichment, Before & After School Programs, and Special Needs Programs to over 2,000 children of all religions and backgrounds each year.

JCYS Programs Include:


Horner Grove Day Camp Ages 6 weeks–6 years Campers explore nature, sports, music, drama, and daily swim lessons. An all-inclusive camp experience!

Sunflower Camp Ages 15 months–5 years Young campers enjoy age-appropriate water activities, in-house field trips, arts and crafts, music, games and outdoor fun.

Camp Henry Horner Grades Pre K–8 An outdoor day and overnight camp located on 180 wooded acres on the shores of Wooster Lake, features a ropes course and zip line, outdoor education and an outdoor heated pool!

North Shore Day Camp Grades K–8 There is something for everyone on the North Shore! Campers enjoy daily swimming instruction, sports, music, field trips, and overnighters.

Big City Day Camp Grades K–8 An urban experience offering unique activities and weekly sessions with professional sport coaches, artists, musicians and yoga instructors.

Jon Vegosen Champ Camp Grades 1-6 Promotes healthy lifestyles through a combination of tennis, swimming and nutrition education. Focuses on developing confidence, self-esteem, teamwork skills, and an appreciation for sportsmanship.