Camp FAQs   

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. Please contact us in writing or by phone regarding specific items.

How do I arrange to pick up my child 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.

When can I visit my camper? 
Camp Gan Israel is open for parental visits every camp day. We suggest that you schedule your visit carefully, as your camper may be involved in a field trip or other off-campus activity.

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 encourage campers to try all activities and take advantage of the complete program offered at Camp Gan Israel. If any child does not want to participate, the parents and counselors must discuss a plan of action.

How religious is Camp Gan Israel? 
CGI is a totally non-judgmental 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 that campers may need.

What does my camper need to bring each day? 
Campers only need a bathing suit and towel each day, regardless of the weather.  We supply all sports and safety equipment such as tennis racquets, baseball mitts, etc. Please apply sun-screen at home. If you would like more applied during the day, send in the sunscreen marked with your child's name and a note.

How often does my child drink water at camp each day? 
Please send your child with a water bottle each day. Water coolers are set up around the camp. They will be instructed to drink every hour. Bottles will be refilled as needed throughout the day.

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 director is available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns during the day through the camp office at (281) 719.5213. Please understand that the director may be out and about during the time of your call, making sure that everything is going smoothly. If the director is unavailable at the time of your call, please leave a message with both your daytime and evening phone numbers and your call will be returned promptly.

Are we obligated to give a tip or gift to our child's counselor? 
Although not required, tips or gifts are appreciated. If you wish to do so, here is a general guideline: $20-25 for a junior counselor and $30-40 for a counselor.

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

When must campers wear a camp shirt?  
We encourage all campers to wear a Camp Gan Israel shirt every day. While on field trips it is a requirement. Camp shirts distinguish our campers and staff from other visitors, and we are instantly recognizable to each other.