Camp gan Israel summer sessions
Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?
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?
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?
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?
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.
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 encourage 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-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?
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 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?
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?
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 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?
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?
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?
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.