Camp Gan Israel of British Columbia is part of the largest and fastest growing networks of Jewish day camps in the world. Gan Israel enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trend setter with innovative ideas, creative programs and new activities being constantly introduced. We opened in 1975 as a small camp and have grown to over 150 campers per year- and counting!
Many a child has been known to wait all year to come back to Gan Israel. From Kiddie Camp to Adventure Camp, campers enjoy a wide range of exciting activities and field trips in a warm, loving and vivacious atmosphere.
Our fast growing Kiddie Camp offers a wonderful opportunity for preschool-aged children to have their first experience in a real summer camp. The children are guided in organized activity, play & social skills by loving, patient and caring staff, some of whom who serve all year-round as pre- school teachers. Our kiddies are growing fast, and this is the place to be!
Our camp site contains facilities well suited to a full program of sports, games, crafts and other enriching camp activities. Our experienced staff works to develop skills, confidence and a sense of fair play within each child.
No one puts more care into the care of your child.
Gan Israel is much more than a physical break from the school routine and winter activities. It’s a comprehensive program designed to strengthen the body and soul. It provides your child with a rich and wholesome summer vacation of fun and excitement along with friendship and meaningful educational experiences.
Gan Israel campers are imbued with a deep sense of pride in their Jewish heritage and a love for the land of Israel. Weekly Judaic themes are taught through exciting activities, stories, songs, games and contests, which are all part of the unique Gan Israel experience. Combined with group discussions and educational programs, these events bring to life the beauty and values of our tradition.
Our mission is to delight our campers by giving a fun and meaningful Jewish camp experience for children from diverse Jewish backgrounds. We marvel at the opportunity to make kids smile. We are passionate about providing safe, quality programming and constantly monitor our progress. We are parents and understand the need to provide a nurturing environment where children learn the importance of sharing, caring and providing for others. We strive to complement our camp work with exceptional service through regular communication, being available to parents and an easy to navigate website. We create a culture of happiness and cheer, by forming a team of positive, upbeat role models.
Child development is the most significant ingredient in a healthy camp experience. Our staff is the real secret to our success. Our experienced counselors are known for their personal warmth and ability to care for each child as an individual. Many staff members return year after year, lending experience and continuity to all programs. Each counselor is a role model for our children, promising them friendship that will last forever! Their love for the children is surpassed only by the children’s love for them. CGI is made from the best staff on earth!
Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?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, and camp shirts distinguish our campers and staff from other visitors. In addition, the camp phone number is printed on the shirts. Camp shirts will be available for purchase ($10 each) 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, backpacks, etc. can be identical, and individual items are difficult to identify without a label. Lost & Found items are available each day at camp. Please contact us in writing or by phone regarding specific items.
How does the transportation system work?Camp Gan Israel uses a modern bus leased from Sanchez Coach and Tours and a professional bus driver. Campers must remain seated at all times.
Richmond and other transportation to Vancouver?Transportation is provided daily for campers living in Richmond. The bus leaves at 8:15 am and returns approximately 4:45 pm. Pick up and drop off is from Chabad of Richmond, at the North-West corner of Blundell & Railway. We do not provide return transportation for the children attending Kiddie Camp in Vancouver.
Transportation from the Tri-Cities and surrounding areas is available through Yossi Degen of Aleph in the Tri-Cities. Please contact him directly at email@example.com.
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 camp directors as early as possible. 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 prior permission.
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.
How religious is Camp Gan Israel?CGI is a non-judgmental environment made up of campers from all Jewish backgrounds and affiliations. 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 will not be responsible for lost or broken items.
What does my camper need to bring each day?Campers should pack a lunch, bottled water and several snacks, every day. Campers need a bathing suit and towel on swim days, regardless of the weather. We supply all sports and safety equipment such as tennis racquets, baseball mitts, riding helmets, etc. Please apply sunscreen at home. You may also send sunscreen to camp with instructions to re-apply.
How often does my child drink water at camp each day?Campers should bring a bottle of water each day. They will be instructed to drink often. Bottles will be refilled as needed throughout the day.
How can I speak with my child’s counselor?A call to the camp directors 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?Rabbi Dovid and Chaya Rosenfeld are available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns, during the day at the Camp Office (604) 266-1313. In case of emergency, after camp hours, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 778-878-2025.
Throughout the summer and during the year, Camp Gan Israel hosts family and community events to foster a deeper sense of community and Jewish pride in our children. Please see below for some of our past events, and contact Rabbi Rosenfeld at email@example.com if you would like to participate in or sponsor an event.