Welcome to Camp Gan Israel!
We’ve planned a fun-filled summer, a camp experience that your child will never forget.
Our dynamic staff has worked hard to ensure that your child will have a warm caring environment, creative and fun activities, exciting trips, and a whole lot more.
Our first and foremost priority is the safety of your child. Please read all the below material, as it contains important information about Camp Gan Israel. Please don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, concerns, or suggestions during the summer.
Best wishes for a healthy and enjoyable summer!
Rabbi Sholom & Nechama Diskin
What to Send to Camp
Please send the following to camp with your child daily.
- Sunscreen SPF 30 or more is recommended (children should arrive to camp wearing sunscreen and we will reapply during the day)
- Sunhat or baseball cap
- Encouraged to wear closed-toe shoes
- Swimsuit, water shoes and towel (water & beach days)
- Camp T-Shirt on Trip & Beach Days
- Lunch (if not purchasing from camp- see below…)
- Tzedaka (money for charity) every day. A penny or two is fine – the point is to develop a daily habit of sharing. It also helps children associate money with giving and doing good!
Parents are asked to label everything: hats, towels, sunscreen etc. and not to send valuables to camp.
Drop off and Pickup
Morning drop-off at camp will be from 8:55 – 9:10am, and pickup will be from 2:55 – 3:10pm. The camper drop-off and pick-up area are located at our Los Liones gate. Please safely park on Los Liones Dr. and walk your children to drop them off. You will sign them in through the Brightwheel app. Campers may only be released to a parent or persons authorized to pick up the camper. Please advise the camp office or your child’s counselor of a different or new pickup person.
Health & Safety Guidelines
Camper and staff health and safety are our top priority.
- Campers will wash their hands before snacks, lunch and after outdoor activities.
- All campers should apply sunscreen at home. We will reapply sunscreen during the day.
- Any camper or staff member who has experienced fever, vomiting, cough, or diarrhea will be sent home and will be allowed to return once they are symptom-free for 24 hours without use of Tylonel etc.
Lunch & Snack
We will provide two snacks a day consisting of fruit or veggies and/or starch (pretzels, crackers, etc.). Lunch is available for purchase at $45/week. Click here for the lunch menu. Please email [email protected] if you would like to order lunch. Orders need to be in the Wednesday preceding the week. Alternatively, you can send not meat or not-meat-based lunch to camp. (Click here for lunch recommendations.) Water is available all day.
This summer we will be offering a wide range of specialty activities some led by the camp staff and others lead by professional instructors. Sports, Art Program, Kids in the Kitchen, Special Friday Activities and more.
Water & Beach Days
Water fun days take place every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. We have beach day Every Thursday. We will have additional specialty water days throughout the summer, so keep an eye out for our calendar and newsletters. Please send along a bathing suit, towel and water shoes on those days.
We are excited to bring back trips to Camp Gan Izzy! Please make sure that your child wears their camp T-shirt on all trip days. C.G.I. will provide transportation to and from all trips. The campers DO NOT need to bring any additional funds on any field trips. All trips are included in the camp fees.
Every child will receive one camp shirt on the first day of camp. Additional shirts are available for a $15.
At CGI, Shabbat is celebrated every Friday in a fun and exciting way! Every camper gets to braid and take home their very own Challah to share with their families. We have a Shabbat Party which includes songs, games and special treats. To end off the week, the entire Gan Izzy will enjoy a special Friday Activity or Show!
Good Night Gan Izzy Program
When the camp day just isn’t enough! Our dedicated staff are available on certain evenings for visiting their campers to enjoy a small activity or playtime. Your child may choose one night during the summer to have his/her counselor visit his/her home after camp. For twenty minutes, the counselors will read, sing, and play with your child in a completely relaxed, safe environment. This program is completely optional. Look out for a sign up sheet in the newsletter.
Camp Gan Israel does not allow cell phones or electronics at camp. We do not assume any responsibility for these items. A camper can get permission from his/her counselor to use the office phone if necessary.
We welcome the celebration of birthday parties in Camp Gan Izzy. Kindly let us know at least one week prior to your celebration so that you may be advised as to what items are acceptable for these occasions.
Our camp newsletter will be given out every Friday. It will include a detailed schedule for the upcoming week, tell about special events and trips, and will keep all family members up to date with their children’s activities.
Please note that camp fees are nonrefundable. If you need to cancel camp after you have registered, as long as you let us know by May 31, 2023, we’ll hold your unused camp fees as credit for the next summer. We cannot provide credits or prorate tuition for partial weeks.
Looking forward to a summer of fun with your children! If you have any questions or concerns please let us know.
Rabbi Sholom & Nechama Diskin