Summer Experiences

CLTC + Stand UP Chicago

Discover what it means to be a leader on CLTC with an incredible community of your peers, and then Stand UP in the Windy City for the values of social responsibility and the power of social entrepreneurship.

  • Spend a transformative twelve days at Beber Camp developing and strengthening leadership skills that will shape the future of your local chapter on CLTC!

    Then travel to the Windy City for Stand UP Chicago to discover the real world results of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious business innovations. Gain new skills and a new perspective through a mix of seminars, hands-on workshops and meetings with professionals in the field. Then put what you learn into practice volunteering with local organizations. 

    NOTE: To choose this connected experience, you must register separately for Stand UP Chicago and CLTC. Please inquire for additional details.

     

    Program Highlights

    For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

     

    Learn about social entrepreneurship from leaders in the field
    Pick up the skills of an innovator as part of workshops organized by a local design-thinking firm and a Chicago-headquartered technology firm
    Participate in service projects inspired by the lessons you have learned
    Meet with companies practicing the values of socially conscientious business
    Develop the skills to think through social challenges through the lens of innovation
    Explore the best of a summer in Evanston and Chicago, including a tour of Northwestern University
    Connect with Jewish organizations in Chicago engaged in community building
    Spend a memorable Shabbat with one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish communities in America!

    Itinerary Snapshot

    A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

    Week #1 | CLTC

    At CLTC, teens will have a meaningful summer, and it’ll also be fun! They’ll make strong friendships while enjoying free time (or chofesh), new hobbies, sports competitions, leading and celebrating Shabbat and so much more!

    Week #2 Idea #1 | Becoming a Social Entrpreneur

    Arrive in Chicago, and get settled into our base in Evanston, just north of the city and on the waterfront. The program begins with a focus on exploring what it means to be a leader and how to think like a social entrepreneur -- including hands-on workshops designed to expand the way you approach challenges. And then you'll have the opportunity to apply the values learned as part of a local service project. Our first week ends with a Shabbat in Evanston, including a tour of the Northwestern University campus and meetings with campus-based Jewish professionals.

    Week #3 Idea #2 | Socially Responsible Business

    Our final week includes a focus on meeting leaders in the field -- including representatives from Fortune 50 companies, local and global non-profits, and start-up organizations. The program culminates with a workshop where you'll be challenged to combine all of the practical and theoretical lessons you have learned to create your very own social entrepreneurship venture.

    How the Connection Works

    As a connected experience, this program combines CLTC #3 + Stand UP Chicago. At the end of CLTC those making the connection will continue on to Chicago via pre-arranged supervised transportation (extra fee applies).

    One Happy Camper

    This BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for a $1,000 grant from One Happy Camper. The grant is available in select communities to teens participating in their first Jewish overnight summer experience. Learn more and see if you qualify for One Happy Camper.

     

  • We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

    DAY #1 - #11 | CLTC

    At CLTC, teens will have a meaningful summer, and it’ll also be fun! They’ll make strong friendships while enjoying free time (or chofesh), new hobbies, sports competitions, leading and celebrating Shabbat and so much more!

    DAY #12 | Sunday | Arrival in Chicago

    • Check-in to accommodations – orientation and ice breakers
    • Northwestern University Campus Tour
    • Welcome dinner followed by an evening education session
    • Lodging at The Margarita European Inn (Evanston)

    DAY #13 | Monday | Foundational Knowledge

    • Intro to leadership
    • Intro to Chicago’s social entrepreneurship landscape
    • Lunch at Cheesie’s, try their grilled cheese
    • Intro to design-based thinking/workshop with Design for America
    • Dinner at Maggiano’s in Skokie, IL
    • Shopping at the famous Old Orchard outdoor mall and movie

    DAY #14 | Tuesday | Fourth of July Celebration

    • Watch a White Sox – Yankees baseball game at Wrigley Field
    • Local bands compete in a Battle of the Bands in an open picnic style Dinner celebration
    • Fireworks in Highland Park, IL

    DAY #15 | Wednesday | Learning in Evanston/Chicago

    • Intro to Social Entrepreneurship with Megan Kashner from the Kellogg School of Management
    • B Corp + Social responsibility in philanthropy at See3
    • Enjoy an evening on Navy Pier and dinner with amazing skyline views and cruise the Chicago River

    DAY #16 | Thursday | Learning in Evanston/Chicago

    • Social Entrepreneurship with Steve Hagerty of Hagerty Consulting
    • Intro to service learning/asset-based community development
    • Social Justice and Judaism: Sarah Gold of Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
    • Jewish Family Foundations + Service Learning: Jare Akchin from the Circle of Service Foundation
    • Explore the Taste of Chicago festival with your taste buds…and actual buddies and spend time on the Lake Michigan beachfront

    DAY #17 | Friday | Day of Service

    • Service project with Talking Farm
    • Shabbat services and dinner at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation

    DAY #18 | Saturday | Shabbat

    • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
    • Torah study at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, IL
    • Relax with Yoga on the beautiful Lake Michigan beach
    • Enjoy a lively Cavern Beat concert followed by a picnic dinner

    DAY #19 | Sunday | Day of Service

    • Volunteer for the YMCA Youth Triathlon
    • Tour of DePaul University campus
    • Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo
    • Dinner at Milts BBQ for the Perplexed
    • Evening: comedy show in downtown Chicago

    DAY #20 | Monday | Learning in Chicago

    • Intro to Corporate and Venture Philanthropy
    • Chicago Innovation: Linda Loving of Top Box Foods
    • Corporate Philanthropy: McDonald’s
    • Microfinance in Action: Video chat with Human Connections
    • Dinner in downtown Chicago

    DAY #21 | Tuesday | Learning in Chicago

    • Socially Responsible Business: Panel, Workshop, and tour at Groupon
    • Socially Responsible Business + Civic Innovation Workshop: Microsoft
    • Free time on the Magnificent Mile - experience some of the best shopping in Chicago
    • Visit Millennium Park and Grant Park: be sure to get a picture at the Bean!
    • Dinner at Foodlife in Downtown Chicago

    DAY #22 | Wednesday, July 13 | Start-Up Incubator

    • Create your own Social Entrepreneurship Venture
    • Reflect on your summer experience with a closing session and dinner

    DAY #23 | Thursday, July 14 | Depart Chicago

    • Depart Chicago

     

  • You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

    How will my teen travel to the program?
    Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring.

    Where will my teen be sleeping?
    We stay in a 3-star hotel. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodation.

    How’s the program staffed?
    Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team.

    What's the summer weather like?
    On a typical summer day, temperatures reach between the 80s and 90s and in the evening can drop to the 60s to 70s. Rain is common in the summer, so plan accordingly.

    How do you approach security?
    The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

    What's the typical group size?
    Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 20 teens.

    What's the food like?
    Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds.

    For more information, check out our general FAQs.

  • This program is a connected experience, and no additional connections are available.

Spend a transformative twelve days at Beber Camp developing and strengthening leadership skills that will shape the future of your local chapter on CLTC!

Then travel to the Windy City for Stand UP Chicago to discover the real world results of social entrepreneurship and be inspired by socially conscious business innovations. Gain new skills and a new perspective through a mix of seminars, hands-on workshops and meetings with professionals in the field. Then put what you learn into practice volunteering with local organizations. 

NOTE: To choose this connected experience, you must register separately for Stand UP Chicago and CLTC. Please inquire for additional details.

 

Program Highlights

For a more detailed view of the program, check out the Program Itinerary

 

Learn about social entrepreneurship from leaders in the field
Pick up the skills of an innovator as part of workshops organized by a local design-thinking firm and a Chicago-headquartered technology firm
Participate in service projects inspired by the lessons you have learned
Meet with companies practicing the values of socially conscientious business
Develop the skills to think through social challenges through the lens of innovation
Explore the best of a summer in Evanston and Chicago, including a tour of Northwestern University
Connect with Jewish organizations in Chicago engaged in community building
Spend a memorable Shabbat with one of the largest and most dynamic Jewish communities in America!

Itinerary Snapshot

A complete sample itinerary is available for an even fuller sense of the experience.

Week #1 | CLTC

At CLTC, teens will have a meaningful summer, and it’ll also be fun! They’ll make strong friendships while enjoying free time (or chofesh), new hobbies, sports competitions, leading and celebrating Shabbat and so much more!

Week #2 Idea #1 | Becoming a Social Entrpreneur

Arrive in Chicago, and get settled into our base in Evanston, just north of the city and on the waterfront. The program begins with a focus on exploring what it means to be a leader and how to think like a social entrepreneur -- including hands-on workshops designed to expand the way you approach challenges. And then you'll have the opportunity to apply the values learned as part of a local service project. Our first week ends with a Shabbat in Evanston, including a tour of the Northwestern University campus and meetings with campus-based Jewish professionals.

Week #3 Idea #2 | Socially Responsible Business

Our final week includes a focus on meeting leaders in the field -- including representatives from Fortune 50 companies, local and global non-profits, and start-up organizations. The program culminates with a workshop where you'll be challenged to combine all of the practical and theoretical lessons you have learned to create your very own social entrepreneurship venture.

How the Connection Works

As a connected experience, this program combines CLTC #3 + Stand UP Chicago. At the end of CLTC those making the connection will continue on to Chicago via pre-arranged supervised transportation (extra fee applies).

One Happy Camper

This BBYO Passport summer experience is eligible for a $1,000 grant from One Happy Camper. The grant is available in select communities to teens participating in their first Jewish overnight summer experience. Learn more and see if you qualify for One Happy Camper.

 

We have provided the following sample itinerary to give you a better feel for this experience, including the types of accommodations we use. The actual program may vary slightly. An updated itinerary is distributed 3-4 weeks prior to the start of the program.

DAY #1 - #11 | CLTC

At CLTC, teens will have a meaningful summer, and it’ll also be fun! They’ll make strong friendships while enjoying free time (or chofesh), new hobbies, sports competitions, leading and celebrating Shabbat and so much more!

DAY #12 | Sunday | Arrival in Chicago

  • Check-in to accommodations – orientation and ice breakers
  • Northwestern University Campus Tour
  • Welcome dinner followed by an evening education session
  • Lodging at The Margarita European Inn (Evanston)

DAY #13 | Monday | Foundational Knowledge

  • Intro to leadership
  • Intro to Chicago’s social entrepreneurship landscape
  • Lunch at Cheesie’s, try their grilled cheese
  • Intro to design-based thinking/workshop with Design for America
  • Dinner at Maggiano’s in Skokie, IL
  • Shopping at the famous Old Orchard outdoor mall and movie

DAY #14 | Tuesday | Fourth of July Celebration

  • Watch a White Sox – Yankees baseball game at Wrigley Field
  • Local bands compete in a Battle of the Bands in an open picnic style Dinner celebration
  • Fireworks in Highland Park, IL

DAY #15 | Wednesday | Learning in Evanston/Chicago

  • Intro to Social Entrepreneurship with Megan Kashner from the Kellogg School of Management
  • B Corp + Social responsibility in philanthropy at See3
  • Enjoy an evening on Navy Pier and dinner with amazing skyline views and cruise the Chicago River

DAY #16 | Thursday | Learning in Evanston/Chicago

  • Social Entrepreneurship with Steve Hagerty of Hagerty Consulting
  • Intro to service learning/asset-based community development
  • Social Justice and Judaism: Sarah Gold of Jewish Council on Urban Affairs
  • Jewish Family Foundations + Service Learning: Jare Akchin from the Circle of Service Foundation
  • Explore the Taste of Chicago festival with your taste buds…and actual buddies and spend time on the Lake Michigan beachfront

DAY #17 | Friday | Day of Service

  • Service project with Talking Farm
  • Shabbat services and dinner at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation

DAY #18 | Saturday | Shabbat

  • Shabbat Morning Services & Reflection
  • Torah study at the Jewish Reconstructionist Congregation in Evanston, IL
  • Relax with Yoga on the beautiful Lake Michigan beach
  • Enjoy a lively Cavern Beat concert followed by a picnic dinner

DAY #19 | Sunday | Day of Service

  • Volunteer for the YMCA Youth Triathlon
  • Tour of DePaul University campus
  • Visit the Lincoln Park Zoo
  • Dinner at Milts BBQ for the Perplexed
  • Evening: comedy show in downtown Chicago

DAY #20 | Monday | Learning in Chicago

  • Intro to Corporate and Venture Philanthropy
  • Chicago Innovation: Linda Loving of Top Box Foods
  • Corporate Philanthropy: McDonald’s
  • Microfinance in Action: Video chat with Human Connections
  • Dinner in downtown Chicago

DAY #21 | Tuesday | Learning in Chicago

  • Socially Responsible Business: Panel, Workshop, and tour at Groupon
  • Socially Responsible Business + Civic Innovation Workshop: Microsoft
  • Free time on the Magnificent Mile - experience some of the best shopping in Chicago
  • Visit Millennium Park and Grant Park: be sure to get a picture at the Bean!
  • Dinner at Foodlife in Downtown Chicago

DAY #22 | Wednesday, July 13 | Start-Up Incubator

  • Create your own Social Entrepreneurship Venture
  • Reflect on your summer experience with a closing session and dinner

DAY #23 | Thursday, July 14 | Depart Chicago

  • Depart Chicago

 

You have questions? We've got answers! Our most frequently asked questions for this program are answered below. Additional program-wide FAQs are also available. Contact us to learn more.

How will my teen travel to the program?
Families are responsible for making their own flight arrangements to our arrival and departure cities based on guidance that we provide in the spring.

Where will my teen be sleeping?
We stay in a 3-star hotel. Each teen will have their own sleeping accommodation.

How’s the program staffed?
Each group is accompanied by a team of madrichim (counselors) and a program leader. Staff names are posted approximately 3-4 weeks prior to your departure, and you can expect a staff welcome call in the lead up to summer. Learn more about our staff team.

What's the summer weather like?
On a typical summer day, temperatures reach between the 80s and 90s and in the evening can drop to the 60s to 70s. Rain is common in the summer, so plan accordingly.

How do you approach security?
The safety of the teens under our care is our guiding consideration. Learn more about our organization’s approach to safety & security.

What's the typical group size?
Although it varies from year to year, our average group size is 20 teens.

What's the food like?
Meals will be either kosher or vegetarian. Some meals will be provided according to the “pizur” system – an allowance for purchasing your own meal at a local eatery. Participants can buy whatever food they wish with pizur funds.

For more information, check out our general FAQs.

This program is a connected experience, and no additional connections are available.