A Note From the Director

Dear Parents.

Welcome to Israel Chai 2017, the ultimate summer outdoor adventure.

Israel Chai is a unique travel camp geared toward today’s American High School Student. Our program promises to boost your teen’s self-esteem, with extreme sports instruction, adventurous trips, and a love for being Jewish. Israel Chai 2017 will provide your son with treasured  memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.

For three weeks teenagers from all walks of life experience Israel in an adventurous and meaningful way. We speedboat in the Kinneret, Hike the Golan and scale Masada. We walk in the steps of our forefathers in Chevron, explore the caves of Jerusalem and camp in the hills of Judea. Participants participate in a day of disciplinary training with the IDF better understanding the daily life of an Israeli soldier. We volunteer on remote outposts bringing smiles to our young soldier’s faces. Parasailing in Eilat, Surfing the Mediterranean and setting up a campsite in the deserts of the Arava are all part of a program designed to  have our youth discover more about themselves and their capabilities. A day will be spent canyoneering in Mitzpeh Ramon with teenagers of the same age bringing cheer to the sometimes grim faces of some of the most downtrodden of our people who grow up without parents or siblings a product of a world torn asunder by prejudice extremism and terror. Our youth will have the opportunity to make close bonds with Israelis their age and get an up-close understanding of the challenges our society faces. Daily group lessons on Israeli and Jewish history. Interactive exercises by experts on leadership teach participants the skills and will to be strong leaders. We visit Yad Vashem and have an intimate evening with a Holocaust survivor. Shabbat in Jerusalem gives participants an insight into ancient Jewish traditions. An insider’s tour of Israel’s high tech industry and agriculture advancements will showcase the opportunities that teenagers have in investing and settling in Israel. We will spend time on a Kibbutz experiencing the life of the Israeli settlers. Extreme adventure which promotes close friendships proven to last the tests of time. A meaningful and exciting program designed to encourage maturity, understanding, responsibility, compassion and our responsibility to heal a fractured world.

We will meet up in Chicago’s O’hare airport, on Sunday, July 9th. The teens will quickly get to know each other as we board our flight to Tel Aviv. For the next 3 weeks, we will slowly make our way through the Israel experiencing all that our amazing country has to offer. We arrive back in Chicago on July 27th.

Teen Extreme is committed to your son’s constant safety. We will have a certified Emergency Medical Technician with us at all times. Security will be provided by two security agents handpicked from a private security firm. These two agents are former soldiers in the IDF, who have served in elite border units.  All travel will be done by coach bus with an experienced reliable driver. This trip is staffed by senior staff well experienced in teen development.  Teen Extreme is insured by McNellis Insurance.

This summer, give your son the gift of Israel.

Looking forward to meeting your son.

Sincerely,

Zalman Notik

Camp Director