Camp FAQ's

Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?
How does my camper find a lost item?
How does the transportation system work?
How do I arrange to pick up my camper during the camp day?
When can I visit my camper?
What if my child does not want to participate in a particular activity?
How religious is Camp Gan Israel?
Can my camper bring a precious item to camp?
What does my camper need to bring each day?
How often does my child drink water at camp each day?
How can I speak with my child's counselor?
How can I speak with a Camp Director?
Are we obligated to give a tip or gift to our child's counselor?
How can I become more involved with Camp Gan Israel?

Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?
No, we do not require that all campers wear a Camp Gan Israel T-shirt each day. Campers and staff are required to wear camp T-shirts while on field trips. Since all camp staff and campers wear camp shirts on trips, we are instantly recognizable to each other and staff members are able to distinguish our campers and staff from other visitors. Each camper will receive one T-shirt, and extra T-shirts can be purchased through the office at any time.

In addition to this important safety mechanism, all of our campers wear disposable "event" bracelets when off of camp premises on which our camp name & phone number are printed.  This provides even greater ability to recognize campers and is useful for identification purposes.

How does my camper find a lost item? 
Please mark all belongings with your camper's name and group. This is very important since shirts, backpacks, etc. are identical and individual items are difficult to identify without a label. Lost & Found items are available each day in the large LOST & FOUND bin located in the camp office. Parents or campers can stop in the office to search for lost items at the beginning and the end of the camp day.  Please contact us in writing or by phone regarding specific lost items.

How does the transportation system work? 
Camp Gan Israel uses a modern fleet of air conditioned mini-buses and buses that we own and that we rent from the local Bus Company. Daily transportation to and from camp is on our two camp-owned mini-buses.  Place on the bus is awarded on a first come first serve basis and is available at an additional fee.  During field trips additional buses are rented.  Campers must remain seated at all times. Seat belts are provided and their use is mandatory at all times.

How do I arrange to pick up my camper during the camp day? 
If you have to pick up your camper during the day, please notify our office. Once we are aware of your arrival time, we can arrange to have your camper ready for you. Please note that no camper will be released to ANYONE other than a parent without written permission.

When can I visit my camper? 
Camp Gan Israel is open for parental visits every camp day. We suggest that you schedule your visit carefully as your camper may be involved in a field trip or other off-site activity. All visitors will be directed to the camp office for visitor registration and assistance.

What if my child does not want to participate in a particular activity? 
No camper will be forced to participate in any activity. However, we do urge campers to try all activities and take advantage of the complete program offered at Camp Gan Israel. 

How religious is Camp Gan Israel? 
CGI is a totally non-judgmental environment made up of campers from all Jewish backgrounds. An individual's level of observance is not stressed. All children enjoy a shared Jewish spirit through songs and projects.

Can my camper bring a precious item to camp? 
We do not permit your camper to bring jewelry, radios, expensive toys, etc. to camp. Camp Gan Israel supplies everything campers may need for a fun filled day.

What does my camper need to bring each day? 
Campers should bring a hat with a visor as well as sunscreen & a canteen or water bottle every day.  In addition, on swim days campers need a bathing suit and towel regardless of the weather. We supply all sports and safety equipment such as tennis racquets, baseball mitts, riding helmets, etc.  In addition, campers must wear camp T-shirts whenever there is a trip.

How often does my child drink water at camp each day?
Every camper will be instructed to bring a water bottle. It is the camper's responsibility to bring the bottle each day filled with water. Campers will be instructed & given time to drink every hour and any camper without a water bottle will certainly drink from the water fountain or sink.  Bottles will be refilled as needed throughout the day.

How can I speak with my child's counselor?
A call to the camp office will answer most questions. Since counselors are constantly supervising groups and activities, messages for particular counselors will be taken at the camp office and given over at the end of the day. Please leave your name and evening phone number and the counselor will return your call that night.

How can I speak with a Camp Director?
The camp director is available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns, during the day at the Camp Office. Please feel free to call or leave a message at the camp office during the camp day.

Are we obligated to give a tip or gift to our child's counselor?
Tips or gifts are appreciated. If you wish to do so, here is a general guideline: $20-$25 for a junior counselor and $30-$40 for a counselor.