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Session Name

2024 Dates

Grade in Fall 2024



Full Session

Five Day Starter



June 23 – July 19

June 23 – June 28

June 23 – July 7

June 23 – July 19




11th / 12th

26 days

5 days

14 days

26 days





Full Session:

CBF’s premier program, offered for nearly 75 years and available to children in 2nd-10th grades (2023-2024 academic year).

Five Day Starter Session:

For first-time campers in 2nd-5th grade (2023-2024 academic year). Five Day Starter campers live in bunks with Rookie and Full Session campers. Starter campers may extend to the Rookie or Full sessions: After the first few days, we call parents to discuss the option to extend.

Rookie Session:

For first-time campers in 2nd-5th grade (2023-2024 academic year). Rookie campers live in bunks with full session campers. Rookies may extend to the full session: After the first week, we call parents to discuss the option for Rookie campers to extend their child to the full session.

Leaders In Training (LIT):

The LIT program is the first year of the two-year counselor training program. As LITs, participants enjoy all the fun camp has to offer while developing leadership skills.

Counselors In Training (CIT):

Our CIT program provides training in essential childcare skills that prepares participants to be counselors and role models at CBF.

Sibling Discount:

A discount is available for each sibling registered after the first sibling. The sibling discount is $350 for campers enrolled in the Full Session and $175 for campers in the Rookie Session. Sibling discounts are not available for the Starter session because it is already heavily subsidized.

Additional Info

  • $350 nonrefundable deposit is required upon enrollment prior to Dec 1st, 2023
  • $500 after Dec 1st, 2023
  • $1000 after Feb 1st, 2024
  • $1500 after Apr 1st, 2024
  • Cancellations after May 1st 2024 are nonrefundable
  • Deposits paid by check must be received within 7 business days in order to finalize enrollment
  • 1/3 of tuition is due by Dec 1st, 2023

  • 2/3 of tuition is due by Feb 1st, 2024

  • Full tuition is due by April 1st, 2024

  • Payment deadlines must be met to qualify for the Early Bird discount

  • Monthly payment plans are available and highly encouraged, to arrange a plan just please contact us

All camp fees must be paid in full by April 1st, 2024

  • All fees, including deposit, will be fully refundable if camp is cancelled due to Covid-19
  • We are committed to ensuring that all children are able to attend Camp Ben Frankel, regardless of financial need.

  • We partner with the One Happy Camper (Campership) program to provide first-time incentives to encourage parents to choose Jewish camp. Local program providers define eligibility in coordination with the Foundation For Jewish Camp. Please check their website for details at

  • Internal, need-based assistance is available through our scholarship fund. Before requesting a financial aid application, we recommend the following:

  • Speak with your rabbi or synagogue educator. Many congregations provide assistance for summer camp tuition.

  • Check this database of need-based scholarships maintained by the Foundation For Jewish Camp.

  • Jewish Federation assistance may be available in your area.

  • To request a financial aid application, please email

Our camp staff are extraordinarily hard-working and passionate about providing incredible experiences for their campers. Our staff gratuity fund helps provide recreational programming and supplies to boost morale and express gratitude for their incredibly hard work.

You may opt-out of the $85 staff gratuity by contacting our office.

Campers can travel to and from Camp Ben Frankel the following ways:

Camp bus from St. Louis or Chicago

  • We offer two camp buses, one from St. Louis and one from Chicago
  • Buses are air conditioned
  • Includes luggage service 
  • Contact us for details about pickup and drop off locations
  • St. Louis bus: $95 each way
  • Chicago bus: $135 each way

Arrival or departure at Lambert St. Louis International Airport (STL)

  • Did you know campers attend CBF from 25+ states? Many campers travel to CBF by plane!
  • Arrival to camp: 
    • We meet unaccompanied minors as they disembark the plane, from there we collect their luggage and then transport them on a CBF shuttle directly to camp
    • We meet accompanied minors at baggage claim and then board the CBF shuttle to camp
  • Departure from camp:
    • Unaccompanied minors are escorted by a CBF staff member through security to the departure gate. The staff member waits at the gate until the plane departs.
    • Accompanied minors: a CBF staff member escorts the camper to a prearranged meeting spot at the airport to meet a parent, guardian or designated chaperone 
  • Airport arrival/departure: $95 each way

Drive to/from Camp Ben Frankel’s campsite in Makanda, IL

  • Many families drive to camp for dropoff and pickup on opening and closing day