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Parent Handbook

Parent Handbook

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Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2017 season of Camp Gan Israel.  We are delighted that you are joining us and are looking forward to a wonderful camp experience with your children. 

Camp Gan Israel is committed to providing a highly stimulating and exciting camp season.  Everything we do with your children, from sports and swimming, to arts & crafts and cake decorating, to field trips and Challah baking, 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 staff of CGI is anticipating a superb summer.  The counselors have been selected for their talents and personal warmth and their ability to care for each child.

We encourage you to get involved and keep in touch during the summer.  You will discover that your child’s summer at Camp Gan Israel will be a summer of fun and adventure and will be remembered for years to come.

Looking forward to a safe and exciting summer,

Hindy Plotkin
Camp Director

Please note: A few details will be updated in the coming weeks.

General Information
Safety Information
Extra-Curricular Information
Camp Gan Israel Activity Program
Miscellaneous Info
Frequently Asked Questions


General Information
Camp Location
Important Numbers
Ages, Dates and Times
After Care
Punctuality
Parent - Communication

Camp Location
Camp is located at the Jefferson Elementary School; 1400 New Garden Rd.

Important Numbers
Camp Administration Office: (336) 617-8120

CGI cellular phones: (336) 423-3049 and (336) 423-8428
E-mail:
CGI@chabadgreensboro.com

Ages, Dates And Times
Camp begins on Monday, June 26th, and runs through Friday, July 21st.

Our camp is for ages 4-13.  In order for your child to fully enjoy all the activities and projects done during camp, we encourage his/her full participation. However, if this is impossible, customized dates can be worked out.

Camp begins daily at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 3:30 p.m. Extended care is available.

Punctuality
Campers must be dropped off between 8:50 am – 9:00 am and picked up at 3:30 pm. Our day begins with morning line-up. It is at this time your child will be told important information including contest, field trips and the like.  Late pick-ups are difficult for and unfair to staff.  Please make sure to be prompt.

Parent - 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 336-423-3049. Our weekly Camp newsletter, the GI journal will include a detailed schedule of the upcoming week, tell about special events and trips, and will keep all family members up to date with Camp Gan Israel activities.
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Safety Information
Safety
Medication

Safety
The camp is dedicated to providing a fun and SAFE environment and therefore, head staff are trained in CPR and First Aid. We strive to maintain counselor/camper ratios that far exceed those mandated by the State. Certified lifeguards (in addition to counselors) supervise swimming and, when on field trips, contact is maintained with the base camp by means of mobile communication. 

In case of a medical emergency, G‑d forbid, parents (or guardian) and family doctor (listed on the registration papers) will be contacted immediately.

 
Extra-Curricular Information
Camper Release
Family Programming & After-Camp Activities
Other Events

Camper Release
If you wish to have your child release at any time to anyone other than yourself or your designate, arrangements must be made before 3:30 pm of that day with Hindy Plotkin (336.423.3049). A verbal message or a note to the counselor is insufficient.

If you plan to pick up your child at any time other than dismissal, arrangments must be made by calling Hindy Plotkin at 336.423.3049.

Family Programming & After-Camp Activities
Camp Gan Israel aims to involve the entire family in the camping experience.  We have organized several family-programming events and look forward to your participation. Please hold the following dates for family programs, details to follow:

CGI Shabbat Dinner TBA 
 
CGI Farewell Cookout TBA

 
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Camp Gan Israel Activity Programs
An Overview
Sports Program 
Trips & Excursions 

Mad Science
Scrapbooking
Woodworking
Jewelery Making
Values & Judaic Programming
Swimming

An Overview
Camp Gan Israel: was created to provide children with a comprehensive & meaningful summer program, while fostering growth individually & socially, in a jewish atmosphere.
The daily schedule includes an exciting mix of sports, field trips, special courses & activities, designed to be educational, fun & conducive for building character & nurturing friendship.

Sports Program
Our exciting sports program will include a variety of sports such as Soccer, Basketball, Kickball, Floor Hockey, Softball and Baseball.  Campers will learn fundamental skills, basic team strategies and gain an understanding of the games.

Field Trips
The camp will be going on a Field trip every Tuesday & Friday. Every child must wear a camp T-shirt on all trip days. Every registerd camper will recieve a complimentary camp T-shirt. Additional camp t-shirts and camp caps can be purchased for $10 each.  Please be sure to fill out the form regarding t-shirts to ensure you recieve the shirt (s) you need for your child.

Mad Science
If it’s gooey, slimy, slippery and most especially fun then it is mad science. Discover how much fun science could be while exploring age-appropriate biology, chemistry, earth science and physics with hands on activities and creations.

Scrapbooking
Girls ages 6-13 will design their own scrapbook and learn specific techniques such as cropping, collage and borders. Participants are required to bring 8 to 10 photos (or copies) on the first day of Camp.

Woodworking
Boys ages 6-13 will have the opportunity to work with different woods in a safe and professional environment.

Values & Judaic Programming
Our Judaic programming is designed to instill campers with a love for Judaism and pride in their Jewish identity. The camp Judaic experience comprises, engaging activities, hands-on projects, stories, songs and crafts.

Camp is filled with programming that teaches children positive values and character traits, taught in a fun, exciting way. Some programs include:

Making a Difference:  Our “M.A.D.” Program is value-based and scheduled weekly. Children have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities; all of which help other people and strengthen the Jewish Community. This encourages children to reach out to others and to enjoy doing so. Activities may include, baking challahs for seniors and   creating cards for patients at Children’s Hospital. 

Mock Jewish Wedding: One of camp’s most anticipated events is the mock wedding. Campers plan, and rejoice at the “CGI Wedding”.

Team-Building and Leadership Program: An initiative designed to teach campers trust, group problem-solving, creative thinking, conflict resolution, self-awareness and leadership skills. A facilitator leads children through specially designed activities to teach these important attributes.

Swimming 
Campers ages 6 & up will be going swimming twice a week at the Starmount pool. 

Campers 5 & under will be going swimming twice a week at Hamilton Lakes Pool

On every swimming day, campers must come to camp with a bathing suit, towel, watershoes and sun screen. please have all items marked with permanent marker or labels with your child's name.

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Miscellaneous Info
Your Child's Belongings
Transportation
Lunch

Your Child's Belongings
Please send along a smock for arts-and-crafts, an extra change of clothing for water activities and sunscreen (to remain in camp). In order for campers to be able to participate in all activities, it is crucial that they either wear or have a pair of gym shoes in camp.  Please mark all swim gear, accessories, etc. with a permanent marker to avoid loss. 

There is a special Lost & Found box for lost articles, which are distributed every Friday. Please alert us if your child has lost an item. The camp is not responsible for items lost during camp, but will do our best to locate them. We strongly urge you not to send expensive items to camp.

Transportation
If you are interested in arranging a car pool with other parents, we would be happy to assist you in locating other parents in your area.

Please review the following safety rules with your child for transportation during camp hours:

  • No standing in moving vehicle.
  • No arms or hands outside the windows.
  • No shouting.
  • Always listen to the driver and car monitor.
  • Exit the vehicle only according to the instructions of the driver or monitor.

Lunch: 
 

Camp Gan Israel will provide nutritionally balanced lunches daily. All lunches include both fruit juices and water. A healthy afternoon snack and an ice pop at the end of the day are also provided. The menu listed below is a sample of the daily diet and may change at times.*

* Please notify us if your child must adhere to a special diet.

 

Monday:  Chicken nuggets, potato fries, Garden salad and fresh fruit

 

Tuesday: Baked ziti, Garden salad and fresh fruit

 

Wednesday: Hot dogs/ hamburger, potato Knish, vegetable and fresh fruit

 

Thursday: Sandwiches, vegetables and fresh fruit

 

Friday: Pizza & fries



                                     
What To Send To Camp
Please send the following to camp, (daily, unless otherwise noted) with your child:

  • Sunscreen SPF 30 or more is recommended
  • Sunhat or baseball cap
  • Swim shoes (Swim days)
  • Athletic shoes
  • Swimsuit and towel (Swim days)
  • Life jacket, if camper is not yet water safe (Swim days)
  • Tzedakah, a penny or two for charity
  • 2 water bottles, one frozen                                                                                                                 
     
  • Please label everything, hats, towels, sunscreen, etc.  Do not send valuables to camp.  Camp Gan Israel cannot be responsible for lost or stolen items.  On water trip days, please make sure to send water shoes.
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