What are the ages of our campers? Campers ages 3-5 are in our Mini Gan division. Campers ages 6-11 are in our Camp Gan Israel division. Campers ages 12-13 are in our CIT division. Learn more about divisions here.
How Jewish is our camp? Camp Gan Israel is a totally non-judgemental environment made up of campers from all Jewish backgrounds. An individual's level of observance is not stressed. All campers enjoy a shared Jewish spirit through our activities and programs.
'What kind of activities do campers participate in? At camp, campers will participate in:
Awesome field Trips
Jewish Themed activities
Arts & Crafts
And much much more!
What if a camper doesn't want to participate in a particular activity? No camper will be forced to participate in any activity. However, we do encourage campers to try all activities and take advantage of the complete program offered at camp.
Is lunch provided? Lunch is provided for campers every day. We offer child-friendly kosher lunches such as chicken fingers, sandwiches, barbecues, macaroni & cheese, pizza, all accompanied with fresh vegetables and fruits. Bread and spreads are available daily as an alternative to the main meal. We also provide snack twice a day. Camp provides drinking water during all activities.
How do you ensure safety at camp and on trips? Safety is paramount at camp. Your child’s personal health and wellbeing are topmost on our agenda. All of our staff are trained in basic First aid & CPR, and we take every necessary precaution to provide your child with an exciting and safe camp experience.
What does a camper need to bring to camp? Campers should bring the following items to camp:
Athletic clothing and sneakers. Crocs or flip-flops are not allowed at camp.
Hat and sunscreen
Camp provides drinking water during all activities. Campers will be notified when to bring water-activities apparel, or any other specific items.
What should campers refrain from bringing to camp? Cell phone, portable game systems, money, or anything else of value should be left at home in order to ensure the safety of their belongings, as well as participation in group activities.
Fee structure and financial aid We offer parents the choice of paying full, discounted or subsidized tuition. Read on for further clarification. There are other discounts and scholarships available as well. Visit Dates and Rates page for more info.
Camp Gan Israel provides a high quality program. Including two weekly trips, swimming several times a week, daily Kosher lunches and snacks, crafts, baking, sports and the many other fun activities! In the past years we were able to provide this program at a subsidized rate to everyone.
Due to the current inflation resulting in high costs, our expense in running the program, especially bussing, food, trips, and staff wages has risen tremendously. Coupled with shortage of donated funds, we are unable to provide the subsidized rate to everyone going forward.
For this reason we are asking parents who appreciate the quality program we provide and can afford to pay the full cost of the program to do so.
Those who are unable to pay full cost, can opt for the discounted rate. It remains completely up to parents to choose and we do not ask to see any financials. In addition, there are four independent organizations who give scholarships to low income families to attend Gan Israel.
Families of low income who meet the criteria of, and receive funding from Jump Start and Youth Reach are also eligible to receive our subsidized rate if they attend the full camp session.
If you have any specific questions, feel free to reach out to us. Please share with others who may be interested in our summer camp.
Our policy throughout all of our programs is that no Jewish child will be turned away due to lack of funds. If you are in need of assistance, let us know as soon as possible and we'll do our best to accommodate.
Does the camp provide transportation? Yes! There will be school bus transportation to and from camp from Bradford, Innisfil and south east Barrie for an additional fee of $300. You can sign up for this service at the time of registration.
If you have any other questions or concerns not addressed here, please feel free to contact us.