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Camp FAQ's

Camp FAQ's

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Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day? 
We require that all campers wear a Camp Gan Israel T-shirt 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.

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 writing or by phone regarding specific items.

How does the transportation system work?
Camp Gan Israel uses a modern fleet of buses from the local 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. 

What if I need to make a change to my carpool arrangement?
If you need to make any changes to your child's regularly scheduled carpool arrangement please email us at info@ganisraelchicago.com or rivky@ganisraelchicago.com. Please note that campers will not be released to any unauthorized persons without written permission from a parent/guardian.

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?
Campers should not 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 on swim days, and a sack lunch. We supply all sports and safety equipment such as tennis racquets, baseball mitts, in-line skates, etc. Please apply sunscreen at home.

How often does my child drink water at camp each day?
Please send a water bottle along with your child every day to camp. Bottles will be refilled as needed throughout the day. There are water fountains and water coolers in camp and campers are constantly encouraged to drink 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 the Camp Director?
The director is available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns, during the day at the Camp Office and most evenings until10:00 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.

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