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Parent Handbook

2018 Camp Gan Israel

We are excited that you have registered to join us for a fantastic Gan Israel, Mini-Gan Izzy, and Pioneer summer camp experience. This Handbook is designed to help parents navigate the Camp Gan Israel experience as well as provide you with pertinent information important for all campers and parents.

How to arrange picking 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.

Visiting 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. All visitors will be directed to the director for visitor registration and assistance. We invite all parents to join us Fridays for special activities and challah baking.

Dress Code

The wearing of a CGI T-shirt is mandatory on trip days (Tuesdays and Thursdays) and will be available for purchase prior to the start of camp. We suggest purchasing 2-3 shirts (Your child will receive one free T-shirt). T-shirts are mandatory to wear on trip days for identification. Additional shirts cost $12.00 each.

Personal Properties

Please label all clothing, towels, sunblock, and other personal items. We cannot be responsible for non-labeled lost items. Personal sports equipment such as baseball bats, hockey sticks, sports balls, etc. will be stored by the counselor and used under staff supervision. Bring a sweater, sweatshirt, or winter jacket every day. Even if the weather is nice, we will be traveling to different areas around the bay that may be cooler.


Please have your child bring a bathing suit, towel and plastic bag for wet suit, every Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Swim lessons, plus free swim, are included for all campers at the UC Strawberry Canyon Pool, under the direction of Spencer Hawkins.

Outdoor Gear

Please pack a sweater or sweatshirt every day (except during a heat wave). Please apply sunblock prior to camp and send extra sunblock to re-apply at swimming. To save changing time, it is advisable to have your child wear a swimsuit under their clothing, packing underwear for after the swim.

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.


Please bring a Kosher non-meat lunch and one morning snack every day. Include a drink. It is advisable to pack lunches in a disposable bag rather than a lunch-box that can be easily lost. Afternoon snack will be provided. Water fountains are placed all over the campsite.

The camp provides an afternoon snack every day, consisting of fruit or veggies, crackers, chips, popcorn, or home made juice otter pops.


Your child's counselor will be available for administering medications. All medication to be administered during camp hours must be clearly marked with camper's name. A separate note containing dosage instruction and parent signature must be sent as well.

Camper Release

Parents wishing to have their child released during camp to anyone other than themselves or their designated substitute must make prior arrangements with the camp Director.

Direction to Camp

This year, we changed the location of our camp to SOUTH Lake Temescal. Lake Temescal is located next to the junction of highways 24 and 13 in Oakland. There are 2 entrances: North Lake Temescal and South Lake Temescal. The address for South Lake Temescal is 6502 Broadway Terrance, Oakland, CA, 94618.

From Berkeley:
Take Highway 13 South (Ashby Avenue/Tunnel Road) straight onto the freeway. First exit at Broadway Terrace. Left turn off the freeway and left turn into the parking lot to 6502 Broadway Terrace, Oakland, CA 94618.

From Oakland:
Take Highway 13 North to Exit 5A, Broadway Terrace exit. Left onto Broadway Terrace, then .2 miles and right tun into the parking lot to 6502 Broadway Terrace, Oakland.

Transportation to Camp

Transportation from North Berkeley BART is available for $20 per week per child.
Please contact us if you need transportation from another location. We will provide transportation from other areas with a minimum participation of 4 children.

Extended Care

Extended care is available daily:
Before Camp (8:00 am - 9:00 am): $150 per session
After Camp (3:30 pm - 5:30 pm): $300 per session

Drop-in Rates:
Before Camp: $15 per morning
After Camp: $25 each afternoon
*Payment is due at the time of drop-off or pick-up for drop-in child care.