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Session Name

2023 Dates

Grade in Fall 2023







June 25 – July 23

June 25 – July 9

June 25 – July 23

June 25 – July 23





28 days

13 days

28 days

28 days





4-week Session:

CBF’s premier program, offered for nearly 75 years and available to children in 2nd-10th grades (2022-2023 academic year).

Rookie Session:

For first-time campers in 2nd-5th grade (’22-’23 academic year). Rookie campers live in bunks with 4-week campers. Rookies may extend to the 4-week session: After the first week, we call parents to discuss the option for Rookie campers to extend their child to the full 4-week 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 a Four-Week Session and $175 for campers in the Two-Week Rookie Session.

Additional Info

A $150 deposit is required per camper upon enrollment. Deposits paid by check must be received within 7 business days in order to finalize enrollment.

  • Families registering online have three payment plan options:

    • Pay in one lump sum by or before May 1, 2023

    • Pay in equal monthly installments

    • Create a customized plan to be approved by camp’s administration

All camp fees must be paid in full by May 1, 2023

  • All fees, including deposit, will be fully refundable if camp is cancelled due to Covid-19
  • The $150 deposit is fully refundable until Dec 1, 2022

  • 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: $125 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