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Frequently Asked Questions

Frequently Asked Questions

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Camp FAQs

Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?
How does my camper find a lost item?
How do I arrange to pick up my camper during the camp day?
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?
 

Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?
No, but is reccomended that they be worn on all trips days. Each camper should purchase  two T-shirts before camp begins. 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. On our majot trips, camp T-shirts are required.

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 their designated location. Please contact us in writing or by phone regarding specific items.  Please do not send extra toys and knick knacks especially items of value to camp.

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. 

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.  We do encourage boy campers to wear a hat or yalmuka.

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.

What does my camper need to bring each day?
Campers should bring bathing suit and towels on swim days.  They should wear comfortable shoes so they can walk and play sports with ease (no flip flops).  Please send a water bottle each day. Please apply sunscreen at home.  You can also bring sunscreen for application mid-day.  Bring a coin for daily tzedaka (charity).

How often does my child drink water at camp each day?
Every camper should bring a water bottle. In addition, we always have cold water that children can refill their bottles with.   They will be instructed to drink every hour. 

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 and after camp till 6 pm. 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.


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