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FAQ's

FAQ's

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*Please not that some of the information below only applies to our upper camp program.

What is the CGI dress code?
How does my camper find a lost item?
How does Trip transportation work?
How do I arrange to pick up my camper during the camp day?
What are the the safety measures for the swimming pool?
What if my child does not want to participate in a particular activity?
How religious is Camp Gan Israel?
Can my camper bring a precious item to camp?
What does my camper need to bring each day?
How often does my child drink water at camp each day?
How can I speak with my child's counselor?
How can I speak with a Camp Director?
Are we obligated to give a tip or gift to our child's counselor?
How can I become more involved with Camp Gan Israel?

What is the CGI dress code?
Campers are to wear comfortable loose fitting clothing appropriate for sports and activities. Campers may wear whatever they choose (no bathing suits please) providing that they are safe and appropriate. Campers should wear tennis shoes and sunscreen as well. Boys are encouraged to wear a kippah or baseball cap as well.

On Thursdays (Trip Day) all campers are to wear a CGI Camp Shirt. A Camp shirt may be bought from the office for $8 each.

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 Trip transportation work?
Camp Gan Israel uses a modern fleet of mini-buses and buses as well as professional drivers from a local Bus Company. Occasionally, the camp van is driven by the camp director. Campers must remain seated at all times. Seat belts are provided and their use is mandatory 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 are the safety measures for the Swimming Pool?
Camp Gan Israel is fortunate to have an on-site beautiful large swimming pool. In addition to being professionally maintained, a 4 ft fence surrounds the entire pool area and is locked throughout the day. Only the lifeguard and camp director have the code to enter the pool area.

The Mini Gan division does not have free swim in the swimming pool. Twice weekly, they will have swim instruction in the pool with the lifeguard and counselors present. All other swim activities will be in kiddie pools. All children who can not stand in the shallow end of the pool wear a life vest when in the swimming area!

The Upper Camp Division will have daily free swim and swim instruction twice weekly. If a child wishes to swim past the rope into the "deep end" a skills test is mandatory for safety reasons.

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 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. CGI caters to members of all Synagogues and affiliations in San Antonio.

Can my camper bring a precious item to camp?
We do not permit your camper to bring jewelry, radios, expensive toys, etc. to camp. Camp Gan Israel will not be responsible for any valuables brought to camp.

What does my camper need to bring each day?
Campers only need a lunch, bathing suit and towel each day, regardless of the weather. We suggest that campers wear tennis shoes and socks daily. Please apply sunscreen at home.

How often does my child drink water at camp each day?
Every camper will be encouraged to drink from the water fountain throughout the day. Please impress on your child the importance of drinking water in the hot Texas sun.

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 a Camp Director?
The directors are available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns, during the day at the Camp Office and by email at
director@ganisraelsa.com.

Please feel free to call during these times or leave a message at the camp office during the camp day at (210) 764-0300 x204. In case of emergency only she may be reached on her cell phone at (210) 325-1837.

Are we obligated to give a tip or gift to our child's counselor?
Tips or gifts are a wonderful gesture, though not obligatory.

How can I become more involved with Camp Gan Israel?
The camp encourages the involvement of "bunk mothers" (just like a class mother). If you are interested please inform the Director.

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