Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day? 

We require that all campers wear a Camp Gan Israel T-shirt on trips days. Each camper will be provided with a camp T-shirt as part of the registration fee, we suggest that you purchase at least one extra T-shirt to accommodate for 2 trips a week. Since all camp staff and campers wear camp shirts, we are instantly recognizable to each other. While on field trips camp shirts distinguish our campers and staff from other visitors. Camp shirts and caps will be available for purchase 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 after camp. Please contact us in writing or by phone regarding specific items.

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 Rabbi Mendy at 917-406-6826. Once we are aware of your arrival time, we can arrange to have your child ready for you. Please note that no camper will be released to ANYONE without written permission.

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, we also have a new program that launched in camp last year to help with this called Studios. 

What are Studios?

Studios are what some might call electives. We have on selected days in our camp schedule somewhere between 4-6 stations for campers to choose to partake in an activity of their choosing. Some of these activities include: Baking, Art, Outdoor Bubble Soccer, Scooter and Ziggle Bikes, Blocks, Legos, K'nex, Marble Runs, Board Games & more!

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.

What does my camper need to bring each day? 
Campers should bring a sack lunch and two snacks. (Please send only dairy or pareve lunches, no glass please)  Water is provided to the campers.  We strongly suggest that parents send their children in closed tow sneakers for their own safety. Campers only need a bathing suit and towel on swimming days. *We are exploring the option of providing camp lunches.

How often does my child drink water at camp each day? 
Drinking water is always available and given to the campers throughout the day.

Are your staff First Aid certified?   

Our counselors are First Aid/CPR certified. All aquatic activities are under careful supervision of experienced and certified Red Cross lifeguards. Safety is our primary concern.  

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 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 the Camp Director? 
The director is available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns, during the day at the Camp Office and most evenings from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. by calling 917-406-6826. Please feel free to call during these times or leave a message at the camp office during the camp day. Alternatively, you can email the director at [email protected].