Our Mission Camp Gan Israel in Barrie is dedicated to enriching the lives of children 3 to 13 years old from diverse Jewish backgrounds by giving them a deep sense of pride in their Jewish heritage, through a great camp experience, an array of fun activities, athletics, crafts & field trips. It offers an opportune oasis for children to experience the warmth and beauty of their heritage in a safe, friendly, and warm environment.
Our Culture Camp Gan Israel is about making children feel welcome and at home with Judaism in a completely non-judgemental environment. It strives to give every camper the opportunity to take part in traditions they might not have had the chance to practice outside of camp, and helps them build meaningful and lifelong friendships, enjoy outdoor adventure and deepen their love of Judaism.
Our Staff We take pride in our exceptional staff. All staff members come with a desire to work with children. We take great care in keeping the highest quality staff in the camping profession. This ensures the best possible care, instruction and supervision for our campers. The camp program and schedule is overseen by Rabbi Mendel Nakkar who has 20 years of experience in the camping field and is the founder of a Jewish Teen camp in Toronto.
Our Divisions Mini Gan is geared for children ages 3 - 5. This program gives our youngest campers a real summer camp experience. In addition to the familiar centre playtime, circle time, playground time, and crafts, campers partake in special camp workshops and theme activities each day. Mini-Gan activities include Sports, Nature, Art, Splash Pool, Gymnastics, Food art, Baking, Creative movement, Water slides, Sprinklers, Music, and more.
Tamim is geared for children ages 6 - 11. In our Tamim division, campers enjoy an array of activities, including two awesome trips every week, participate in Jewish themed activities, make arts & crafts, bake delicious treats, play athletic sports, enjoy hot Kosher lunches and snacks, compete in hunts, go swimming and much more!
CIT (Counselor in Training) is geared for youth ages 12 - 13 The CIT Program is meant to lead the transition from child and camper to young adult and staff member. The program is the perfect blend of tackling camp challenges, gaining leadership experience, and learning conflict resolution, all while enjoying the fun of being a camper. CIT's enjoy separate programing geared for their age. At times they are placed as assistants in caring for the younger children, thus preparing and training them to become full fledged counselors in the future.
Transportation Bradford - Bradford District High School, 70 Professor Day Dr, Bradford. Pickup at 8am. Drop off at 4:55pm. Innisfil - Nantyr Shores Secondary School, 1146 Anna Maria Ave, Innisfil. Pickup at 8:30am. Drop off at 4:25pm. South East Barrie - TBA Other pickup/drop off locations may become available depending on demand.