Gan Israel is part of the largest and fastest growing network of Jewish day camps in the world. Gan Israel enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trendsetter with innovative ideas, creative programs and new activities.
 
Many a child has been known to wait all year to come back to Gan Israel! From our youngest campers to our Pioneer division, campers enjoy a wide range of exciting activities and field trips in a warm and spirited atmosphere.  
    
   
Our picturesque camp sites, serving the boys’ and girls’ divisions, contain beautiful facilities,well suited to a full program of sports, games, crafts, dramatics and other enriching camp activities. Our experienced staffers work to develop skills, confidence and a sense of fair play within each child.

This website will provide you with all necessary information regarding camp. However if you have any concerns, questions or suggestions, please feel free to call.

Sincerely,

Rabbi Schneur Scheiman                                                                                                   
Camp Director

More About Our Camp

 
   
“No one puts more care into the care of your child.”

Gan Israel is much more than a physical break from the school routine and winter activities. It’s a comprehensive program designed to strengthen the body and soul. It provides your child with a rich and wholesome summer vacation of fun and excitement along with friendship and meaningful educational experiences. 

STAFF

Child development is the most significant ingredient in a healthy camp experience. This is why our staff is the real secret to our success. Our experienced counselors are known for their personal warmth and ability to care for each child as an individual. Many staff members return year after year, lending experience and continuity to all programs. Each counselor is a role model for our children, promising them friendship which will last forever! Their love for the children is surpassed only by the children’s love for them.

ACTIVITIES

Supervised by our staff  through patience and encourgment, children develope sportsmanship, confidence, and the ability to enjoy all sports, including baseball, basketball, football, hockey, kickball, soccer and more.                    

SWIMMING

Campers enjoy swimming twice a week. All aquatic activities are under the careful supervision of experienced and certified Red Cross lifeguards. Safety is our primary concern.

JEWISH PRIDE

Our campers are imbued with a deep sense of pride in their religious heritage. Exciting hands-on activities, stories, games, challah baking, contests, and Shabbat parties are all part of the unique Gan Israel experience. There is never a dull moment at Gan Israel. Each new week focuses on a different Judaic theme that is brought to life by art projects, and dress-up days

ON THE GO

Weekly trip days feature excursions to childrens favorites that include theme parks, laser tag, roller skating, museums, bowling, go-carting, miniature golf, boating and more.

T.G.I.F. @ C.G.I. 

Parents and their children can custom design a part of the Friday program by choosing from a variety of activities and skill clubs. All accompanied by professional instructors that capture their imagination and enhance their inner skills. Samples of skill clubs being offered this year is cartooning, martial arts, kitchen skills, woodworking, aerobics, sewing, calligraphy, and chess with the Illinois Chess master.

TEEN CAMP

Teen Camp for girls provides an exciting curriculum including workshops in sewing, baking skills, self defense, canoeing, hiking/biking and camping trips and much more. Limited space available for this four - week program for girls entering 7th and 8th grade.