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Camp Gan Divisions
Gan Izzy (Age 4 thru entering 4th grade )
Our traditional camp program provides a vast array of exciting and stimulating activities under the direction of our popular counselors and instructors. Swimming, water slides, gymnastics , tennis, science, soccer, basketball, cooking, baking, baseball, arts & crafts, nature, music, magic, painting, acting, dance, card making and more! Twice-weekly field trips, Weekly Attractions, Jewish Theme, Special Events and Extreme Days also enhance the camp experience.

Pioneer Division (entering 5th grade thru entering 7th grade)
Pioneers are cool! They deserve the royal treatment and they get it. Pioneers are in for a great surprise if think camp is just for the “little kids.”. Special activities such as hikes, trips, horseback riding and overnight trips, along with experienced, fun filled counselors make the Gan Israel Pioneer Division an unforgettable experience and the place to be this summer.

CIT ( Counselors In Training ) Entering 8th grade.
As kids grow, so does their ability for self-discovery, adventure, bonding with peers, and appreciating group dynamics. C.I.T. Program offers leadership training to our budding leaders for campers entering 8th grade. The C.I.T. program enjoys all that Gan Izzy has to offer. These developing leaders are privileged to assist in camp programming for special activities, and are looked up to as leaders in our camp community. They gain leadership experience and learn teamwork skills.

For Campers Entering 3-9 Grades

icamp are extra electives that we offer to our campers. Campers choose from an array of icamp once per week. Each icamp elective runs for 3 hours over a three day day span..

Tennis – Whether you are an advanced tennis player and looking to improve your skills or just starting out, our tennis instructors will guide you to where you need to go. Emphasis is on forehand and backhand drive, serve, footwork, rules, correct form and court etiquette. Ratio 1:4

Take to the Stage -Do you love to act? Get expert coaching from the actors of Synetic Theatre. This iShop isperfect for creative young minds with an interest in theater or acting.

Fimo Jewelry – Join the latest trend in Jewelry! No piece of Jewelry is the same. Each piece is hand crafted to your liking and is sure to impress all your friends.

Krav Maga – Krav Maga is one of the latest techniques in Israeli self defense. It promotes self discipline, motivation, exercise and more.

Basketball Clinic – Led by Coach Rhinehart. Campers will learn basketball skills and techniques that include passing, shooting, dribbling and other fundamentals of the game. This iShop will also include scrimmages to reinforce teamwork.

Plaster Art – Led by the staff from Color Me Mine Studio. Campers will be able to choose and paint their own pieces of unfinished pottery with a unique plaster art design.

Cartooning – Do you love cartoons? Ever want to create one? In this iShop campers will sharpen their drawing skills, learn how to develop characters and illustrate background to create cartoons.

Magic & Mime – Learn wonderful tricks and how to execute them the magical way. Campers will learn various different magic tricks and techniques such as misdirection, suggestion, and slight of hand.

Soccer Clinic – Led by the coaches . In this icamp you will improve your offense skills, ability to score goals, practice volleys, breakaways and fancy foot moves. Learn good decision making and how to think like a winner!

Candy Art – Use candy to make “sushi”, “sand art”, “stained glass” and jelly bean portraits. How sweet it is!

Balloon Twisting – The fabulous balloon twister will teach you how to twist balloons, emphasizing the basic types of twists that are used in everything from the simple dog balloon to giant balloon sculptures.

Cheerleading – Have you ever wanted to be a cheerleader? In this icamp campers will learn the various skills needed to be a cheerleader. Skills taught include motions, jumps, chants and fun.

Sample Day
8:00 Before care begins
9:00 Campers arrive – Go outside
9:20 Line up
9:35 Group Time
9:50 Snack
10:00 MWF – icamp / T,T – camp activites *
12:15 Lunch
12:45 M,W,F get ready for swim/Tuesdays get ready for field trip
1:00 Bus depart for field trip/swim
3:20 Return from field trip**
3:30 Dismissal room for games and get ready for dismissal
3:45 Campers are picked up, after care begins
6:00 After care ends
*Thursdays are full day field trips. On most field trip we will leave at 10:00 and return 3:20.
** The campers have their afternoon snack at the field trip or swimming

Summer Safety
Camp Gan Israel strives to ensure the absolute highest measure of safety for our campers.

-Counselors wear a “necklace” at all times with each camper’s name, contacts & known allergies.
-Health records & first aid kits are with every group leader at all times and are taken on every field trip.
-Our child/staff ratio is low, most notably on field trips .
-All of our staff receives training from a pediatrician on general first aid for minors and special precautions for outdoor play in the heat.
-CGI has a doctor on call during camp hours.

Daily Sunscreen
As a safety precaution, sunscreen should be applied before coming to camp. Please send a labeled bottle daily in your child’s camp bag as campers will frequently reapply sunscreen throughout the day.

Keeping the kids well hydrated is high priority at Camp Gan Israel. We make sure the children do frequent water breaks especially when outdoors and us rides.

Medicine required to be taken during camp hours will be dispensed by the head office only. Please personally hand it to the office on the first day your child will be attending camp. All prescriptions must be in their original containers and marked with your child’s name, prescription/expiration dates, and a written order from the physician.

Our Staff
Camp Gan Israel prides itself on its exceptional staff. All staff come with prior camp experience and a desire to work with kids. Bunk sizes are kept small and well staffed. Our camp maintains a low staff-camper ratio. Each Special is run by professional instructors.

Our Camp Director has many years of day camp experience. She is the leader of our top staff and takes great pride in our on-going, comprehensive staff training program. Her extensive experience with pre-schoolers through teenagers makes her a valuable friend and administrator to our camp throughout the summer.

We take great pride in our commitment to recruiting, training and keeping the highest quality staff in the camping profession. Over the years, Camp Gan Israel of Ann Arbor has always been dedicated to small groups with exceptional staff supervision. This ensures the best possible care, instruction and supervision for our campers. Our counselors are highly trained, dedicated, and experienced, and all are fully trained in First Aid and CPR.


Camp Gan Israel Summer Session

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 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?
How can I become more involved with Camp Gan Israel?
How much time do the campers spend outdoors?

Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day? Back to top

No, we require that all campers wear a Camp Gan Israel T-shirt on field trip days. 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 will be available for purchase before the start of camp.

How does my camper find a lost item? Back to top

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 the office. Please contact us in email or by phone regarding specific items.

How does the transportation system work? Back to top
Camp Gan Israel uses a modern fleet buses from the Ann Arbor School Bus Company. Campers must remain seated at all times.

How do I arrange to pick up my camper during the camp day? Back to top

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? Back to top

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? Back to top

No camper will be forced to participate in any activity. However, we do encourage campers to try all activities and take advantage of the complete program offered at Camp Gan Israel.

How religious is Camp Gan Israel? Back to top
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.

Can my camper bring a precious item to camp? Back to top

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? Back to top

Campers should bring a sack lunch. Water is provided to the campers. We strongly suggest that parents send their children in closed toe sneakers for their own safety. Campers only need a bathing suit and towel on swimming days ( Monday, Wednesday and Friday).

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

It is the campers responsibility to bring the bottle each day filled with water. 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? Back to top

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? Back to top

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. 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? Back to top

Although not required, 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.

How can I become more involved with Camp Gan Israel? Back to top

The camp encourages the involvement of “bunk” parents (just like a class parent). If you are interested please inform the Director.

How much time do the campers spend outdoors? Back to top

Weather permitting, campers will spend lots of time outdoors. A playground is available as well as all fields and courts. Please apply suntan lotion at home prior to camp. In case of rain or extreme heat, campers will have the opportunity to be indoors.

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