About Kayitz

The adventure never ends at the one-month sleepaway camp for boys entering 6th to 9th grade. Known simply as “Kayitz,” it welcomes your son into a family of 220 campers and counselors from over 50 communities around the country. Every day is packed with everything from Torah study, recreational activities, competitive sports leagues, and our signature trips and unforgettable excursions.

Our counselors are chosen for their ability to relate to campers in an inspiring, nurturing, and caring manner. Located on the beautiful HTC campus in Skokie, Illinois, campers live in an air-conditioned dormitory and sleep in clean and comfortable rooms each connecting to a bathroom. Our delicious meals are served in our spacious dining room. Each meal offers several choices and is guaranteed to put a smile on every camper's face.

Wholesome values. Derech eretz. Small town friendliness. Fun.

Our Campers

Our favorite part!

Yeshivas HaKayitz campers are boys who have completed grades 5-10 who are excited about a traditional camp experience that also supports their Torah learning and social growth. Kayitz campers are always eager to make new friends and connections that will last a lifetime!

Our Sports

Get your game on! Sports facilities second to none

  • 2 Full-size indoor gyms
  • 3 tennis courts
  • 3 softball fields
  • 2 volleyball courts
  • 3 Outdoor basketball courts
  • Football Field
  • Soccer field
  • Indoor game room
  • Indoor Mini basketball court
  • Tchoukball field
  • Floor hockey rink
  • Gaga pit
  • Archery Range
  • Paint ball shooting gallery
campers playing baseball
campers playing basketball

Our Trips

Our signature evening trips and weekly full-day trips are legendary - New trips added each year!

  • Six Flags Great America
  • Go-carting
  • Water parks
  • Sand dunes
  • Lake shore biking, pedal-karts, or hiking
  • Navy Pier, Extreme Seadog
  • Dave and Busters
  • Tactical Laser Tag
  • Downtown Chicago
  • Chicago Dogs baseball game
  • Trampoline Park
  • Lake swimming, Speed boating, tubing
  • Ropes course
  • Top Golf
  • Adventure Island Inflatable Obstacle Course
camper at a theme park with a teddy bear
camper playing golf
kids playing on rafts in a lake

Our Camp Schedule

See last year’s exciting camp schedule to get an idea of what’s in store.

Our Staff

Our camp is led by role models and friends

Our experienced counselors and head staff pride themselves on relating to campers in an inspir­ing, nurturing and caring manner. Each staff member is chosen for the unique talents that he brings to camp. The bulk of our staff were Kayitz campers themselves.

campers and staff around campfire
camp staff at A and W

Our Rebbeim

Torah learning goes hand-in-hand with Kayitz activities

Our camp model is to create an au¬thentic Yeshiva environment where talented Rebbeim bring Torah study to life and challenge campers to think and grow. Morning shiurim include Gemara, Mishna, Parsha, and Halacha. Rebbeim participate with their campers in sports-like shiur activities during the mid-morning break.

Our Head Staff

Rabbi Uri Zimmerman has served multiple roles at Yeshivas HaKayitz and is now our Camp Director. He brings his love of camp and campers and his leadership skills to every part of the camp program.

Rabbi Yosef Polstein has served as our dedicated and passionate Camp Director for nearly four decades and is now back as our Camp Rav and Director of Learning. He works through the year as the Director of Admissions, making sure that every summer is better than the last!


For more information and to learn more about Yeshivas HaKayitz please contact:
Rabbi Yosef Polstein, Director of Admissions
(847)982-2500 x 1125 or yhk@htc.edu