Dear Parents,

      Welcome to Camp Gan Israel.  We are delighted that you are joining us and are looking forward to a wonderful camping experience together with your family.  I am looking forward to greeting you on the first day of camp.  Please read through this letter, so that you are familiar with our program, and will have the opportunity to ask any questions about camp.

      Everything we do with your children is designed to enhance their self esteem, teach cooperation, increase their level of responsibility, and ground them in a rich tradition of Jewish values and customs. The counselors have been selected for their talents, personal warmth, and their ability to care for each child.  Together with exciting programming, camp spirit, and summer days filled with laughter and fun, we can count on CGI ’20 to be a summer of great fun!

         Please feel free to contact us with any questions you may have throughout the program. 

Looking forward to a fun, safe, and healthy summer, 

Yale Spalter & Rivky Spalter

Camp Directors

650-4 89-1662    

Summer Schedule

Summer 2021 dates coming soon

Dates and times

Mon. – Fri.  9:00 AM – 3:00 PM (Early and late care options available, see below).

Our program is for children entering Kindergarten - 6th Grades.

Parent/Camp Communication

We strongly encourage close communication between parents and the Camp Staff.  Please don’t hesitate to call us should any issue or question arise.  To reach Camp Gan Israel during summer operation call: 650-667-9556.

Drop Off/Pick Up at Camp

Camp is located in Burlingame, CA 

Morning drop-off at Camp Gan Israel is from 8:45- 9:00 AM.

Pick-up is from 2:45 - 3:10 PM.

There will be staff directing the carpool lane from 8:45 am until 9:10 am. If you arrive after 9:10 am please park in a parking spot and walk your children into the camp facility.

Dismissal and pickup will be from 2:45 to 3:10 pm. Your children will be brought to the front entrance when you arrive for pickup.

For your convenience we will also have a drop-off/pick-up location at Beresford Park. The bus will pick up and drop of the kids from 28th Ave past the Beresford Recreation Center. The bus monitor will wait with the children until they are picked up.

Please click on the following image to sign-up for this option.



We will be using a program called Tadpoles for signing in and out of camp every day. You will receive an email with your Tadpoles pin. Please make sure whoever is picking up your child knows the pin number. We will send important notifications and picture updates through Tadpoles as well as by regular email.

Campers will not be allowed to leave with anyone not specified on the camp registration form or without prior notification to the Camp Director/Counselor. Please provide necessary car seats for your children if they are leaving with another parent/guardian.  

Extended Care

Extended care is available at the campsite. Children can be dropped off at 8:00 AM and can be picked up as late as 5:00 PM.

Click on the image below for our Dates and rates

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Food Policy

Please send along a lunch for your child each day.  Lunches and snacks must be dairy or Parve and nut free.  No meat products are to be sent to camp.  We provide snack and cold water throughout the day.

What to Send to Camp

Send the following to camp with your child on a daily basis:  

* Dairy or Parve and nut free lunch
* Sunscreen SPF 30 or more is recommended
* Sun hat or baseball cap (camp will provide a baseball camp in the beginning of the summer)
* Athletic shoes
* Tzedakah, a penny or two for charity
* Swimsuit and towel (Mon./Wed./Fri. weather permitting) 

Please label everything, hats, towels, sunscreen, etc.  Do not send valuables to camp.  Camp Gan Israel cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.

Snacks will be served in the morning, before dismissal and during after care. Please pack your child’s lunch box with any additional snacks needed.

Please apply sunscreen on your child every morning. Their counselors will ensure they reapply sunscreen after lunch.

Health Policy

If your child is sick, do not send them to camp.  If your child contracts a contagious condition, notify the camp.

To assist in the event of an emergency or illness, it is imperative that proper phone numbers (cell or otherwise) are entered on your camper’s application.  If you and/or the emergency contacts will be more than 30 minutes away from camp during camp hours, please notify your child’s counselor.

Parents/Guardians will be notified by camp staff in the event of the following circumstances relating to your camper:

Fever or any signs of illness that would prevent your child from having a positive camp experience.
Non-emergency injuries requiring medical attention.
Injuries requiring emergency medical treatment (after emergency personnel have been called).
Note: In the event of emergency, CGI will contact emergency medical services, and the parent to discuss transport to emergency facilities.  

If your child needs medication administered during camp, it can only be dispensed under the specific directions of a licensed physician.  Please send the medication in its original bottle, with camper’s name, correct dosage, and name and number of physician.  Please send in at least 3 days worth of medication. A separate note containing dosage instruction and parent’s signature must be sent as well.  The Camp has a staff member dedicated to overseeing and administering medication, and dealing with health-related concerns.  If your child has specific health concerns or limitations, you must discuss them with the director.

Special Conditions

If your child has any special challenges, conditions, or limitations (I.e. social, behavioral), the knowledge of which would help us in caring for them and maximizing their camp experience, please bring them to our attention.  It will allow us to address these needs properly and eliminate unnecessary difficulties.  

Personal Possessions

1. Camp Gan Israel does not assume responsibility for staff and camper’s personal possessions, including sports equipment, cameras, ipods, and electronic games.  We advise campers not to bring these items to camp.  Camp Gan Israel is not responsible if these items are lost or damaged.

2.  Campers’ backpacks and lunches are to be kept near their bunk room in designated areas.

Tzedakah (charity) is a concept, which is basic to Judaism.  Our camp attempts to develop a commitment among our campers to share with others less fortunate than themselves by donating a few pennies a day to charity.  Parents are asked to provide young children with a coin daily for Tzedakah. 

Camp T-Shirts & Caps
Each camper will be given a Gan Israel t-shirt and cap.  Please make sure that your child is wearing a camp t-shirt and cap on trip days (Tuesdays and Thursdays).

It is recommended that the t-shirts be washed in cold water to prevent shrinkage. 

Camp Gan Israel aims to offer campers a wide array of activities, trips, and educational programs.  Our camp calendar features the exciting camp themes, activities, and dress-up days that we have planned for the children. Please see our Camp Calendars for dress-up days.


Water Activities
Please send a swimsuit and towel on Mon./Wed./Fri., we have many water activities as well as go swimming once a week.

We will be swimming at the Joinville Swim Center located at 2111 Kehoe Avenue, San Mateo, CA. The swim center has 2 swimming pools – a larger, 6-lane pool 4 ½ feet to 6 feet deep and a smaller shallow water training pool 2 feet to 3 ½ feet deep. The campers will only be allowed in the shallow pool until they are able to pass a swim test.

Field Trips

Tuesdays and Thursdays are trip days at CGI. 

Campers can look forward to experiencing the fun that the Bay area has to offer. Please be in camp at 9:00 AM on trip days. T-Shirts must be worn on trip days. If your child is not coming to camp on the day of a trip, please call and let us know.  On trip days, please send lunch and snacks in a disposable bag with your child's name written on the bag, so they do not need to carry it around all day.

Trip Waivers

Many of the trips we will be going to require that a waiver be signed by the parents. Please see the list of trips and the waivers that are required and fill out the relevant waivers for the sessions your child is attending camp. The completed PDF waivers and the screenshots of the online waivers you complete should be emailed to [email protected] by June 12, 2021.

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Each week the campers will take part in six one hour iSHOPS sessions. 

Click here to learn more about iSHOPS. 



The children will be transported to and from the field trips by First Student bus company. 



We will be  posting pictures on Tadpoles and on our Facebook account regularly. Please click here and “Like” us on facebook, so the photos will show up in your timeline. 



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