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Camp FAQs

Camp FAQs

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How does my camper find a lost item? 
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?                                                          
When must a camper wear a camp t-shirt?                                                                                   
How much time do the campers spend outdoors?

 

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 with¬out a label. Lost & Found items are available each day in the cafeteria. Please contact us in writing or by phone regarding specific items.

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 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. If any child does not want to participate, the parents and counselors must discuss a plan of action.

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 only need a bathing suit and towel each day, regardless of the weather. We suggest that campers bring long pants and high top riding shoes/boots for horseback riding day. We supply all sports and safety equipment such as tennis racquets, baseball mitts, riding helmets, etc. Please apply sun screen at home. If you would like more applied during the day, send in the sunscreen marked with your child's name and a note.

How often does my child drink water at camp each day?
Please send your child with their Camp Gan Israel water bottle each day. Water coolers are set up around the camp. 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 through the camp office at (203) 226-8584. Please understand that the directors may be out and about during the time of your call making sure that everything is perfect for your children. If the director is unavailable at the time of your call, please leave a message with both your daytime and evening phone numbers and your call will be returned promptly.

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

When must campers wear a camp shirt? 
We require that all campers wear a Camp Gan Israel shirt on Wednesdays. While on field trips camp shirts distinguish our campers and staff from other visitors and we are instantly recognizable to each other.

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.

 
     

Contact Dina or Elise • 203.226.8584 • dina@ganisrael.com

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