Gan Israel Info
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What to Know
As part of the largest and fastest-growing network of Jewish day camps in the world, Camp Gan Israel enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trendsetter in Jewish camping.
The Gan Izzy staff are renowned for their dedication and love for their campers. Campers thrive in the fun, upbeat camp atmosphere, making friends, gaining confidence, and developing a positive self-image. At Camp Gan Israel every child is viewed as a unique individual.
At Gan Izzy, the schedule is unmatched! Our famous blend of studios, workshops, trips, entertainers, and overnight camping combine for a summer of adventure to remember. Join us for an unforgettable five-week program - a summer experience that lasts a lifetime.
Our Camp Directors have many years of camp and youth programming experience.
They are the leaders of our amazing staff and take great pride in our ongoing, comprehensive staff training program. Their extensive experience with youth programming makes them a valuable administrative team for our camp throughout the entire year.
Location Details will be provided upon registration.
At Camp Gan Israel, learning is fun!
Every day at Camp Gan Israel is chock-full of diverse recreational activities including trips, swimming, sports, nature, art, science, special events & shows.
Every moment at Camp Gan Israel is filled with fun, excitement, and rich Jewish values.
Food & Drink
In addition to snacks, Camp Gan Israel registration includes a full hot lunch program for every camper. All food preparation follows strict health & safety guidelines. We take pride in providing our campers with nutritious, Kosher meals.
No outside food is allowed on campgrounds. Camp is peanut and tree nut free.
Please contact our staff if your child has a birthday during camp.
What age children is the camp for?Camp Gan Israel is for boys and girls ages 2-13. Our program is carefully and thoughtfully developed to be developmentally appropriate for each age in each activity, from swimming and sports, to specialties and arts.
Where is the camp based?CGI is based out of Chabad of Almaden at 5580 Almaden Ecpressway, San Jose, CA 95118.
How Jewish is Camp Gan Israel?Camp Gan Israel is a non-judgmental, non denominational camp for boys and girls of all Jewish backgrounds. All children will enjoy a shared Jewish spirit through songs, projects, learning and fun.
What type of lunch should I send with my child to camp?No outside food is allowed on campgrounds. Snack and lunch is provided daily. Parents of children with food sensitivities must contact the director before camp. Children are encouraged to bring a water bottle from home and will be given opportunities to refill it throughout the day. Birthday parties can be arranged by contacting our staff.
My child has an appointment and will be arriving late/leaving early. How can I arrange this?For your child's safety, the building will be closed during camp hours. If for any reason your child will be arriving/departing at a time other than drop off/pick up, please make sure to contact the main office to make proper arrangements.
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 the Camp Director?The directors are available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns during the day. 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 and your call will be returned promptly.
How much time do the campers spend outdoors?Weather permitting, campers will spend most of their time outdoors. A playground is available as well as all fields and courts. In case of rain or extreme heat indoor activities will be held.
Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?We require that all campers wear a Camp Gan Israel T-shirt biweekly during field trips. Each camper will receive a T-shirt at the beginning of camp. 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.