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CGI Handbook 2016

CGI Handbook 2016

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WELCOME TO CAMP GAN ISRAEL!

Camp Gan Israel is a summer camp dedicated to enriching the lives of children from diverse Jewish backgrounds and affiliations through a stimulating camping experience. CGI of San Antonio is part of the largest and fastest growing network of day camps, enjoying a reputation as a pioneer in Jewish camping, with innovative ideas and creative activities, to both provide enjoyment and inspire children to try new and exciting things.

This booklet is designed to communicate the policies necessary to make our camp a safe, healthy and fun camping environment. If this booklet does not address your questions or concerns please feel free to call us. We are more than happy to answer any questions you might have.

Sincerely,

Rochel Teldon
Camp Director

CONTACT INFORMATION

Camp Director: Mrs. Rochel Teldon
(210) 325-1837
director@ganisraelsa.com

Mini Gan Director: Mrs. Malkie Marrus
(210) 313-2820
malkiemarrus@gmail.com

Education Director: Mrs. Rivkie Block
(210) 363-3210
director@gangani.org

Address: 14535 Blanco Road
San Antonio, TX 78216

Chabad office: 210-764-0300
Gan Gani office: 210-492-1085
Fax: 210-493-6317
Website: www.ganisraelsa.com

GENERAL INFORMATION

CGI 2016 Camp Dates: Tuesday, June 21 – Friday, August 5
CGI accepts campers by individual weeks or for the entire summer.

Mini Gan Program: Ages 18 months - 4 Years
Junior Gan Izzy: Entering grades K – 2
Gan Izzy Gadol: Entering grades 3 – 5

Pioneers: Entering grades 6 – 8
DATES: July 18-Aug 5

GI Adventure Camp: Entering grades 6 – 8
DATES: June 27-July 8

Arrival
Arrival begins at 8:45 a.m. Campers may be dropped off at 8:45 a.m. Early drop off is from 7:30 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. (Any early drop-off earlier than 8:30 a.m. will be charged $12.00 daily or $50 weekly.) Early stay children are dropped off at the preschool building.

Dismissal
Half Day Dismissal begins at 12:20 p.m. All children must be picked up promptly. Late stay (if not enrolled in program) from 12:30 –3:30 will be charged $25 daily. Late stay from 3:30 –6:00 pm will be charged $25 daily or $50 weekly.

Full Day Dismissal is from 3:30 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. Late stay runs from 3:45 to 6:00 p.m. All children must be picked up by 3:45 p.m. Late pick-ups after 3:45 pm will be charged $12.00 daily or $50.00 weekly. At time of dismissal please drive as far in to the driveway as possible. CGI staff will direct traffic to make dismissal as smooth as possible.

There is no late stay past 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.

To assure the well-being of your children, parents are required to put them in restraint systems. In addition, they are required to put children in the back seat if the car is equipped with front passenger –side airbags. If you need to place or remove a child from a restraint system, please park in a designated parking space, not in the pick-up/drop-off lane, before making the transfer.

To expedite the drop-off and pick-up process, these policies are to be followed:

  • Counselors will escort CGI campers to their vehicles in the pick-up line.
  • Mini-Gan parents pick up campers in their classrooms.
  • Please do not hold up the line by stopping to chat with other parents. Park in a designated spot to visit.
  • If an individual parent is picking up more than one child, a counselor may assist the parent in putting the children in car seats or seat belts.
  • No cars are to be parked in the pick-up/drop-off lane as this is also the Fire Lane.
  • Children can be unpredictable. Please drive slowly and carefully around the school. Hold your child’s hand at all times when walking near the driveway.
  • We adhere to the policy of charging $10.00 per half hour, or any portion thereof, for late pickups.

In order to allow another person to transport your child, we must have your signed permission stating the name of the individual(s) authorized to pick up your child. See the camp registration form. No child will be entrusted to an un-authorized individual. Counselors may ask to see ID.

Please understand that early/late drop offs and pick-ups, without prior notification, can create much confusion for counselors and staff. Advance notice is much appreciated.

ILLNESS POLICY
The health of our campers is a concern of both parents and staff.. It is the parents’ responsibility to determine if their child is well enough to come to camp. If your child is not feeling well, please keep him/her at home. This will protect his/her health as well as the health of the other children in the camp.

Our health policy stipulates that a child is to be kept home:

  • If he/she has fever or had one during the previous 24 hours.
  • If he/she is fussy, cranky, and generally not himself/herself.
  • If he/she has symptoms of a possibly communicable disease, such as sniffles, red and/or runny eyes, sore throat, or abdominal pain.
  • If he/she has diarrhea.
  • If he/she has a runny nose that requires wiping at least every 10 minutes. (If your child has allergies please submit a note from your pediatrician)

Notify the camp if your child has any communicable illness. In turn, we will inform you about what’s “going around”.

If your child requires medication during the school day:

  • The medicine should be clearly labeled with the child’s name, time of dosage and amount of dosage.
  • If it is prescribed medicine, it must be in the original container. We will adhere to the expiration date.
  • A signed Authorization to Give Medication form must be completed by a parent on the first day that the medication is to be administered.
  • Staff may not dispense Tylenol or aspirin nor apply any ointment without written parental authorization.
  • Medications are stored in a cabinet, or refrigerator if necessary, in the office.

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

CGl has staff members who have been trained in first-aid and CPR.

The safety and security of our campers and staff are top priorities for Camp Gan Israel. A comprehensive emergency plan has been drafted for the staff, which addresses a multitude of potential incidents, not because we expect them to occur, but because we want to be prepared in case they do.

It is important that parents supply CGI with their daytime telephone numbers, email addresses and the telephone numbers of someone authorized to act for the parents (in case the parents cannot be reached). If emergency numbers change during the year, notify us immediately.

Accident or Injury Emergency
In the event of an emergency, the following procedures will be followed:

  • Depending on the severity of the emergency, the child may be taken to the emergency room for treatment or 911 may be called.
  • An attempt will be made to notify the parent.
  • If the parents cannot be reached, an attempt will be made to notify the emergency contact.
  • If the emergency contact cannot be reached, an attempt will be made communicate with the child’s physician.

The school has staff members who have been trained in first-aid

Inclement Weather
The decision to close the camp for inclement weather will be made by the camp director. Parents will be informed by the office or a group text message. In the event of a tornado during school hours, all campers will be moved to an interior window-less area. Emergency drills are conducted on a regular basis to help the campers and counselors be prepared for this situation.

Environmental Disaster
In the event of an environmental disaster (gas leak, chemical spill), the Police and/or Fire Department will notify us if we need to evacuate the premises. At that time we will transport the campers to a pre-determined location or to a location directed by the authorities. Parents will be notified as soon as possible via group text message.

Terrorist Threat
As a Chabad Center, we understand the need to be vigilant regarding the safety of our campers and our staff. We conduct regular drills to prepare for this type of situation.

In the event of a threat of any kind, the authorities will be notified immediately and the campers moved to safety as quickly as possible. This could mean transporting them to a pre-determined location or putting the classrooms on lockdown. In either case, parents will be notified as soon as possible via group text message.

COMMUNICATION
Effective communication is essential to your child’s education and camp experience. Feel free to contact the camp director about any questions or concerns.

Email will be our primary form of communication. Please make sure that we have your current email address on file.

In addition, campers may be given camp and community information in the form of notes or memos to be taken home. Please check your child’s backpack daily to ensure that you don’t miss out on any important information.

DISCIPLINE AND GUIDANCE
The goal of classroom management is to help the child become self-disciplined. This is viewed as an integral part of educating the young child.

  • Discipline at Camp Gan Israel will take the form of positive classroom management.
  • CGI recognizes that each child is a unique individual who behaves and learns in different ways.
  • CGI takes into consideration behavior that is typical and developmentally appropriate and provides developmentally appropriate equipment, materials and activities.
  • Expectations are stated in the positive form, such as Please Walk versus Don’t Run.
  • Counselors use meaningful and descriptive praise.
  • Counselors respect the child.
  • Counselors do nothing to humiliate or shame the child.
  • Counselors speak to the behavior, not the child; e.g., Hitting hurts. Let’s find another way to solve this problem, instead of You’re a bad girl for hitting.

Campers are allowed to experience the natural and logical consequences of their behavior whenever possible. For example: The natural consequence of playing too roughly with friends is that they will not want to play with you. The logical consequence of spilled paint is that you need to help clean it up. A natural consequence requires no outside involvement. A logical consequence needs an adult to follow through.

If necessary, in order to prevent a camper from hurting himself or others or from damaging property, a counselor may calmly but firmly hold a child to prevent such harm. The child will be held as lovingly as possible with a helpful attitude rather than a punishing or admonishing one.

The child is allowed to express anger, frustration, sadness, hurt or fear — all of which are honest, healthy emotions.

Sit and Watch is used after other management techniques have been tried. During Sit and Watch, the child sits on a chair within sight of the counselor. The child may determine when he/she is ready to get up, or a short (2 or 3 minute) time limit may be set. In rare cases, a camper will be asked to leave the classroom and sit in the office for a short time, always under supervision.

No corporal (physical) punishment is used.

Campers with consistent behavior difficulties are taken through the above procedures, and the parents are counseled. If, after appropriate efforts have been made, the child does not appear to be benefiting from the program, we will communicate our concern to the family and suggest that a more suitable educational setting be found. These actions are considered necessary when the health, safety or welfare of this child and /or that of another child (or children) in the group is at risk.

Aggressive Behavior
Children do not always have the verbal skills necessary to express anger, frustration, sadness, hurt, fear, etc. These emotions may thus be expressed through aggressive behavior, including hitting pushing, and/or biting. As the child grows older, with help and guidance, he/she will learn to replace aggressive behaviors with appropriate verbal responses.

One of the most difficult things about handling aggression is dealing with the other adults involved. If your child bites or hits, you may feel embarrassed even if you acknowledge that the behavior is not an uncommon phenomenon among young children. If your child is the victim, you may feel anger at the teacher, the other child’s parents, or the child himself for the hurt caused to your child.

At camp, we use a variety of techniques to deal with these situations, including determining if there is a pattern as to when the behavior occurs, if there is a cause/effect relationship, and/or if the aggressor is gaining negative attention or experiencing frustration. We tell the aggressor (with our voice and facial expressions) that the behavior is unacceptable, and we teach him/her an acceptable way to handle the situation e.g., Use your words to tell your friend what you want. We also give help and comfort to the victim and teach him/her proper assertive skills with which to respond. We also provide very close supervision so we can prevent aggression as much as possible and use the opportunity to practice the proper social skills needed.

Understanding and support for the other parents, children, and counselors can help. No one wants his/her child to bite or to be bitten, to hit or be hit, or to be pushed, shoved, or scratched. These are all normal children with normal problems, and one of the best things we can do is work together and help one another while the children grow past these stages.

Signs of Abuse or Neglect
Counselors receive training in recognizing warning signs of child abuse or neglect and are required by law to notify authorities. Any suspected incidents will be reported immediately to the Camp director who will determine what action should be taken.

LUNCH AND SNACKS
C.G.I. maintains a Kosher lunch policy. Lunches on Tuesday and Thursday should be Meat or Pareve and Monday, Wednesday and Friday should be Dairy or Pareve. Kosher lunch meats and cheeses can be purchased at: H-E-B Alon Market NW Military & Wurzbach Parkway)

Pareve items include tuna, peanut butter or sunflower butter, eggs, fruits & vegetables, pasta and anything else that is not meat or dairy. Please be careful not to mix meat and dairy in the same lunch. Snacks can be purchased at any grocery store provided that they have kosher markings. The basic symbols that indicate Kosher foods are 'OU' and 'OK' . Beef, chicken and fish products must have a kosher symbol on the label. Pork and shellfish are not permitted in any form.

Nutritious lunches are important for the efficient functioning of your child’s body and intellect, so we request that you carefully select his/her foods and avoid junk food. Drinks should also be included in the lunch.

C.G.I will provide an afternoon snack and cold water throughout the day.

Since you provide your child’s lunch and drink, we rely on you to help us adhere to all the Jewish dietary laws.

Examples of lunches that are not permissible are:

  • Salami with pudding or cheese
  • Chicken with yogurt
  • Bologna with milk

Mini Gan is a nut-free environment. Please do not send peanut, almond or any type of nut-butter. Sunflower butter is fine.

Campers may not share or trade lunch items. Children say a blessing before eating lunch and snacks

After lunch, all leftovers and trash are place in a trash can. When possible and appropriate, uneaten food will be kept in the lunch-box and returned so parents can see what was not consumed.

ACTIVITIES

Swimming
Please be sure to send a bathing suit, towel, swim shoes and sunscreen lotion with your child on Mondays through Thursdays. Bathing suits and towels will be sent home daily to insure proper hygiene. . The swimming pool is maintained on a regular basis according to health regulations. A certified life guard is present at all times.

All children must have a bathing suit, towel, swim shoes, and sunscreen.

Clothing
Dress your child for active play and learning. This means casual, washable clothes and sturdy, rubber-soled shoes. Flip-flops and sandals are not recommended for active play; Mini Gan campers will be playing in sand and small pebbles, and near dirt, small sticks or other natural irritants.

The children participate in art activities daily. In spite of wearing protective aprons, they sometimes get paint or other supplies on their clothing, so please dress your child accordingly.

Your child must be able to easily manage his/her clothing during toileting. A young child’s self-esteem is enhanced when he or she can be independent.

Field Trips
On occasion CGI has planned off campus field trips. In order for your child to participate in the trip the following applies:

  1. Each camper must have a signed permission slip on file which will state destination of trip, departure and return times and emergency contact number. See CGI registration form.
  2. Each camper must emergency contact information and emergency medical consent on file.
  3. Transportation is provided. We use a bonded bus service for all field trips.

Tzedakah
One of the most beautiful mitzvot in Judaism is charity. Campers are encouraged to bring a coin (any denomination) each day to put in the Tzedakah box. This experience in giving helps develop compassion and an awareness and commitment to share with others who are less fortunate.

MISCELLANEOUS

Toys
Play guns, sword, and other toys that encourage aggressive behavior are not allowed at school. Help your child learn to leave these toys at home since they may keep him/her from the open-ended activities that we offer and from the equipment and materials we provide.

Birthdays
We celebrate your child’s Hebrew and secular birthdays. On your child’s Hebrew birthday (we will inform you of the date), you may purchase a kosher cake, cupcakes or cookies from:
H-E-B Alon Market #102
8503 NW Military Hwy
Phone: 210-479-4300

Photography Policy
Camp Gan Israel reserves the right to take photographs of classrooms and students for educational, promotional, archival and fundraising purposes. If you prefer that your child not be photographed, please advise the camp director in writing.

Visitors
CGI has an open door policy. Parents are welcome to visit at any time. For security reasons, we ask that you check in at the Camp office before being admitted into the bunks/classrooms.

In order to maintain the appropriate child/caregiver ratio, a child’s friend/relative may accompany him/her to camp only when space is available. Please call the Camp Director to make arrangements.

FINANCIAL POLICIES & TUITION
Tuition
Camp tuition is due the first day of camp. CGI accepts cash, check or credit card. If you wish to set up a payment plan, please contact the camp director.

Scholarships
Camp Gan Israel will do its utmost not to turn away a Jewish child from a Jewish camping experience. If you are in need of a scholarship, please contact the camp director to set up an appointment, or please fill out the scholarship form.

Additional Fees
There is a late pick-up charge of $10.00 per half hour or any portion thereof. On Fridays the charge is $1 per minute for every minute after 3:30pm.

A fee of $25 will be assessed for a returned check.

PLEASE NOTE: You are paying to reserve a space whether or not your child attends. Refunds or credits will not be given for illness, holidays, vacations, etc., and there are no make-up or substitution days.

Policy Changes
Parents will be notified of all policy changes in writing by formal memo from the Director.

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