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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?
When can I visit my camper?
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 old does my child need to be to attend Camp Gan Israel?
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?
Can I make payments for Camp tuition instead of paying in full?

Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?
Yes, we require all campers to wear a Camp Gan Israel T-shirt each day.  Every camper receives one T-shirt during the first week of camp.  Since all camp staff and campers wear camp shirts, we're instantly recognizable to each other.  While campers and staff are out on field trips, their camp shirts distinguish the wearers from guests.  Visiting children, parents, and others are instantly identifiable because they are not wearing the quickly recognizable Gan Izzy T-shirt.

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 lunchroom.  Please contact us by e-mail or phone regarding specific items.

How does the transportation system work?
Camp Gan Israel Seattle uses its own bus for field trips. Campers must remain seated at all times.

How do I arrange to pick up my camper during the camp day?
If you have to pick up you camper during the day, please notify our office or the head counselor.  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. Call or text Rabbi Kavka at 206-730-2775.

When can I visit my camper?
Camp Gan Israel is open for parental visits every camp day. Please 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 camp office for visitor registration and assistance.

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 Seattle. 

How religious is Camp Gan Israel?
CGIS 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 experience through songs, projects, and stories.

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 Seattle supplies everything campers may need.

What does my camper need to bring each day?
Campers need a bathing suit and towel each day, regardless of the weather.  They will also need to bring a water bottle and sunscreen.  In addition, please apply sunscreen at home before bringing your child to camp.  A kosher lunch must be provided from home (see rules under “Lunch Program”).

How often does my child drink water at camp each day?
It is the campers' responsibility to bring a bottle filled with water each day.

How old does my child need to be to attend Camp Gan Israel Seattle?
CGIS Boys & Girls Camp begins for campers aged 4 years (must be completely toilet trained) and up. CGIS Tiny Tots Camp accepts children from 2-1/2 years old.

How can I speak with my child's counselor?
A call to Rabbi Kavka 206-730-2775 will answer most questions. Since counselors are constantly supervising groups and activities, contact Rabbi Kavka and he will make sure the counselor receives any messages and return your call as soon as possible.

How can I speak with the Camp Director?
The director is available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns, during camp hours and most evenings from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. on his cell. Please feel free to call during these times or leave a message 206-730-2775.

Are we obligated to give a tip or gift to our child's counselor?
Tips or gifts are appreciated but not required. If you wish to say thank you through a tip or gift, a general guideline is $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 parent involvement (just like a classroom mother, father or grandparent). If you are interested, please call or e-mail Rabbi Kavka. 

Can I make payments for Camp tuition instead of paying in full?
When you register online, you may choose a credit card  or e-check payment plan. You may pay in installments, as long as all payments are made in full by Friday, June 23, 2017. This is necessary because we must make sure we have secured the best staff and purchased all the materials in time for the start of camp. 

How do I apply for camp tuition assistance scholarship?

To apply for needs-based scholarships, please click here.

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