is part of the largest and fastest growing network 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
Many a child has been known to wait all year to come back to Gan
Israel! From Kiddie Camp to our Gan Izzy division, campers enjoy a
wide range of exciting activities and field trips in a warm and
Our fast growing Kiddie Camp offers a wonderful opportunity for
youngsters 3-5 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. Our kiddies are growing fast, this is
the place for them to explore and better understand their Jewish
Our picturesque camp sites in Great Neck, New York, serving the
boys’ and girls’ divisions, contain beautiful facilities,well suited to a
full program of sports, games, crafts, dramatics and other enriching
camp activities. Our experienced staffers work 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.
Child development is the most significant ingredient in a healthy
camp experience. This is why 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 which will last forever! Their love for the
children is surpassed only by the children’s love for them.
Sports & Athletics
At Gan Israel, campers participate in various sports activities, receive
expert coaching and enjoy a wide array of recreational activities. Our
sports coaches are professional physical education instructors who
teach with patience, guidance and encouragement. New for the
Summer of 2010 will be unique skill-building instructions in soccer
and basketball. Individual and group training will allow each camper
to end the summer a better athlete. Our focus on good
sportsmanship and self confidence makes everyone a winner!
Swimming training and technique improvement are under the
guidance of Red Cross Water Safety Instructors. Each camper will
be tested at the onset of the summer and placed in training groups
for personal and group instruction. Our goal is to utilize the
swimming time at camp to improve the campers’ swimming skills and
motivate them for greater aquatic ability. Rest assure that safety is
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 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.
Activities & Special Events
Our weekly program is enhanced with choirs, games, police and fire
demonstrations, drama, ballet, carnivals, dress-up days, color war,
hiking, bunk competition, Shabbos parties, Challah baking, and ..
Oh... So much more. Under the direction of our experienced crafts
director, campers will have the opportunity to design and take home
some wonderful Judaic projects.
Trips On The Go
Gan Israel’s “Trip Days”, which are well known, are geared to the
children’s interests, are scheduled twice-three times a week.
Lunches & Snacks
Nutritious lunches are served daily, enhancing the overall camp
experience, while easing the burden for you. Healthy and delicious
snacks are served in the afternoon prior to departure. This year’s
menu will include pizza, pasta, knishes and much more.