General Information:

What age campers does the camp serve?

Graduating Pre-K to entering Sixth grade (ages 5-12).

What does a typical day look like at CGI?

Campers start off the morning with spirited songs and some warm up calisthenics. They then enjoy a wide array of sports, including soccer, safe-archery, volleyball, and baseball.  The children explore activities such as art, drama, cooking and water activities.

The schedule is jam-packed with exciting and educational games, activities, and experiences. These are designed to develop leadership skills and self-confidence, promote friendship and empathy, and to instill a strong sense of Jewish pride.

At this time, we are planning two possible camp calendars. The first reflects current health and safety measures. Click here to view this calendar which reflects: * Stable groups/pods for each bunk * Camp on-site (no offsite trips) * No group transportation *Fun, creative, exciting activities that will entertain and engage the children all day long, on site.
The second calendar reflects a typical CGI summer, with off-site trips and activities. Please click here to view this calendar.

How is the staff selected and by which qualifications?

The counselors at CGI are talented, passionate, inventive and experienced. We hire graduating seniors, who will be entering college in the fall. Our counselor-to-camper ratio is  5 years​ -​ 1:6, 6–12 years​ - ​1:8. Extra support staff is assigned to every bunk as well.

Every summer we choose from a large pool of applicants, hiring the best counselors. Parents and children rave about the counselors because of their dedication to each child’s individual needs and camp spirit. The counselors are committed to ensuring that each child has a meaningful and fun summer experience. All counselors have previous summer camp experience and complete counselor education workshops and training.

Rabbi Yale has been the camp director for the past five years. We are pleased to announce that as our camp has grown, we have hired Rivky Spalter, a teacher with over ten years experience and four years of  directing summer camps, who will be joining as co-director. There are two additional head counselors that join the head staff each summer.

What safety measures are taken at CGI?

We are working closely with our health and medical advisors. We are formulating protocols and procedures specific to this summer to best keep our children and families safe. Safety is our #1 priority, and we are committed to following best practices regarding health and safety measures without compromising our signature CGI camp spirit. 

Our staff is trained in First Aid and CPR.  

Trips are to locations with a track record of child safety. Attendance is taken regularly throughout the day as well as when the campers are off campus. All campers wear camp t-shirts and wristbands with the camps information.

The camp t-shirts have been updated for this summer, you can view them here

What does CGI’s social curriculum and policies look like?

This summer we are excited to be expanding the “Achrayut Initiative.” (Achrayut is the hebrew word for responsibility.)

What is the Achrayut Initiative? In past years we noticed that our campers needed to be encouraged to pick up and clean up after themselves. We began a program to encourage taking responsibility for cleanliness, including appointing “Clean-up” captains, who receive a special orange vest and pick-up stick, and are responsible to pick up trash after activities and lunch. The initiative was received quite positively by the campers, with many of them excitedly requesting the privilege of being Clean-up Captain. 

This summer we will be focusing on our Kavod Initiative (Kavod is Hebrew for respect/honor). We will be supporting the social development and interactions of our campers. We will be instituting this Kavod Initiative throughout the camp, using both curriculum and practices that encourage our campers to be kind and compassionate with each other and help nurture their empathy for other children. 

What makes CGI special?

The children’s enthusiasm for camp. The activities are planned so that the children are deeply  engaged, challenged and excited. They can't wait to come to camp each day. Additionally, Jewish culture is brought to life at CGI. Campers are imbued with a deep sense of pride in their heritage and a love for Israel. But the real secret of CGI’s success is our handpicked staff. Our counselors are chosen from an international network of students for their love for children, professionalism, and joyful personalities. 

Dates & Rates: 

Do you have weekly sessions?

At this time we are planning to run camp for two 2-week sessions, campers can be registered for either one or both sessions. (We will not be able to offer individual weeks this summer.)

If Covid-19 restrictions are relaxed closer to the summer and our health task force feels it is safe, we will allow campers to register for individual weeks.

When is payment due?

June 4th. 

What are my payment options?

We strongly recommend that you complete the online application and pay the deposit to secure your child’s enrollment, as we will have limited space available in each age group. A link will be sent to you by April 1st, which you can use to pay the remainder of your invoice. You will have the option to pay immediately or set up a payment plan over several months. You can also choose to pay by check and mail it to P.O. Box 673 San Mateo, CA 94401. Checks should be made out to “Camp Gan Israel NP”.

Are there any discounts or scholarships available?

Register your child/ren on or before March 21st and receive the discounted early bird rate. See Dates and Rates.

There is a 5% sibling discount for each sibling enrolled. 

When applying for all sessions you will receive $100 off per child.

We are happy to partner with the Jewish Youth Network of the Bay Area to offer one week of free camp to new campers. No income verification needed. Click here to apply for this offer bit.ly/FirstJewishDayCamp

Partial scholarships may be available. Scholarship applications must be received before May 1st. 

Daily Schedule

What does my child need to bring to camp every day?

Lunch and a water bottle. On water days, campers should bring a bathing suit, sunscreen, and a towel. 

What foods may I send with my child?

CGI is a nut, shellfish and meat free camp. Fish (other than shellfish) and dairy are good options.

Does the camp provide any food?

Two snacks are provided every day, one in the morning and one in the afternoon. The children are served fresh fruit, cheerios, rice cakes and other whole grain snacks. The children bake fresh Challah each Friday.