Camp FAQs 

Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?
No, we do not require that campers wear their T-shirt every day. However, on trip days, each camper must have their camp shirt or they will not be allowed on the trip.

How does my camper find a lost item? 

Please mark all belongings with your child'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 boxes near the entrance.

How does the transportation system work? 

Camp Gan Israel uses a designated camp cars of staff members and parents. Children from the Mini Gan do not leave grounds. Please contact director Dinie (916-919-3066) if your child needs a booster seat. 

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 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 camp office for visitor registration and assistance. We invite all parents to join us Friday mornings for our show day or any other special day.

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 jewelry, radios, expensive toys, etc. to camp. Camp Gan Israel supplies everything campers may need.

What does my camper need to bring each day? 

Please send your child to camp with the following items: Lunch & snack (no meat please!), athletic shoes, coins for tzedakah (charity) and a refillable water bottle. A swimsuit, towel flip flops/water sandals will be necessary on swim days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) and a camp T-shirt is mandatory on trip days (Tuesday and Thursday). Please apply sunscreen at home.

*Please do not send any expensive items to camp including cell phones, mp3 players, computer games or toys. While we will do our best do keep track of all of your children’s belongings, we are not responsible for lost or damaged objects.

How often does my child drink water at camp each day? 

It is the campers responsibility to bring a refillable bottle filled with water to camp each day. They will be instructed to drink every hour. Bottles will be refilled as needed throughout the day.

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 most evenings from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on his cell. 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.