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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Camp FAQs
How do you ensure that campers don't dehydrate throughout the day?
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 can I speak with my child's counselor?
How can I speak with a Camp Director?
How can I become more involved with Camp Gan Israel?

How do you ensure that campers don't dehydrate throughout the day? 
Large water coolers filled with ice water will be with the campers at all times. Children are encouraged to drink periodically through out the day, and allowed to drink more any time they choose to.

Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?
No, however we require that all campers wear a Camp Gan Israel T-shirt each trip day.  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. It is certainly easier for us if your child is in a camp shirt daily, and we are happy to provide them for you, $7 each. 

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. can be identical and individual items are difficult to identify without a label. Lost & Found items are available each day in the office. Please contact us in writing or by phone regarding specific items.

How does the transportation system work?
Camp Gan Israel uses a modern fleet of airconditioned buses from the local Bus Company. 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 besides for parents without prior 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 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-judgemental environment made up of campers from all Jewish backgrounds- from totally unaffiliated to traditional, and anywhere in between.  An individual's level of observance is not stressed.

Can my camper bring a precious item to camp?
We do not permit your camper to bring jewelry, radios,cell phones, ipods, 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 each day, regardless of the weather.  We supply all sports and safety equipment such as tennis racquets, baseball mitts, etc. Please apply sunscreen at home. Lunches and snacks should be brought from home and either pareve or dairy.  

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 a Camp Director?
The directors are available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns, during the day at the Camp Office  Please feel free to call during these times or leave a message at the camp office during the camp day and your call will be returned as soon as possible.

 How can I become more involved with Camp Gan Israel?
The camp encourages the involvement of "bunk mothers" (just like a class mother). If you are interested please inform the Director. 

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