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Camp FAQs

Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?
How does my camper find a lost item?
How does the transportation system work?
How do I arrange to pick up my camper during the camp day?
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 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?

Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?
No, we require that all campers wear a Camp Gan Israel T-shirt on trip days. Each camper should purchase at least two T-shirts before camp begins. Since all camp staff and campers wear camp shirts, we are instantly recognizable to each other. While on field trips camp shirts distinguish our campers and staff from other visitors. Camp shirts, and caps will be available for purchase before the start of camp.

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, caps, 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 regarding specific items.

How does the transportation system work?
Camp Gan Israel uses a modern fleet of mini-buses and buses from the local Bus Company. Campers must remain seated at all times. On occatioin they will be dirven by camp staff. Please make to sign the permission slip when registering your child/children.

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.

How religious is Camp Gan Israel?

CGI is a totally 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.

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 supplies everything campers may need. In addition, we ask that campers do not bring any personal toys. 

What does my camper need to bring each day?
Please apply sunscreen at home, and send along lunch. Refer to the camp calendar to know what to bring each day (i.e. swimming gear, camp T-shirt etc). 

How often does my child drink water at camp each day? 

There are water fountains on camp grounds, and we will provide water on field trips.  

Campers are encouraged to bring a bottle of water each day. Campers will be reminded to drink periodicaly.

How can I speak with a Camp Director?

The directors are available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns, any time of the day, they can reached by calling the Camp Office

Are we obligated to give a tip or gift to our child's counselor?
Tips or gifts are appreciated.

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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Camp Gan Israel 5210 West Esplanade Avenue Metairie, LA 70006 862-226-6677
A branch of the world's largest Jewish Camping network, Camp Gan Israel International

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