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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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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 require that all campers wear a Camp Gan Israel T-shirt only on trip days. Each camper should purchase one or  two T-shirts before camp begins.  While on field trips camp shirts distinguish our campers and staff from other visitors.  Campers will not be allowed to go on trips if they are not wearing their shirt. If they come to camp with out a shirt (on trip days) we will give them another one and the parents will be charged. Camp shirts will be available for purchase at orientation  before the start of camp.

How does my camper find a lost item?
Please mark all belongings with your camper's name. 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 main room. Please contact us in writing or by phone regarding specific items.

How does the transportation system work?
Camp Gan Israel uses Charter busses for big trips and vans for swimming, all drivers are licensed and insured. tiny tots go in chaperoned vehicles driven by parents.

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 us.  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 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-campus activity. All visitors will be directed to the main room 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-judgemental 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 phones, i pods,  jewelry, expensive toys, etc. to camp. Camp Gan Israel supplies everything campers may need.

What does my camper need to bring each day?
Campers only need a bathing suit and towel on swim days ,Tiny tots need it every day  regardless of the weather. We suggest that all campers keep a change of clothes in camp every day  (no matter the age) as well as sunscreen as we need to reapply everyday. We supply all sports and safety equipment , baseball mitts,  helmets, etc.

How often does my child drink water at camp each day?
Every bunk has its own cooler filled with ice water that goes with them where ever they go. depending on the activity campers are encouraged to drink constantly. coolers will be refilled as needed throughout the day.

How can I speak with my child's counselor?
A call to the camp Directors will answer most questions. Since counselors are constantly supervising groups and activities, messages will be taken at the camp office. Please leave your name and evening phone number and the counselor will return your call as soon as possible.

How can I speak with a Camp Director?
The directors are available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns, during the day on their cell phones. Please feel free to call during these times 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. (This also varies depending on how many weeks your child was at camp)

How can I become more involved with Camp Gan Israel?
The camp encourages the involvement of parents as volunteers be it a camp trip or to assist in snack or run an errand. If you are interested please inform the Director, or check our volunteer and wish list.

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