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What to Bring to Camp

  • Camp T-shirts must be worn on all trip days and photo day.

  • Campers must bring a water bottle daily.

  • Campers must wear sneakers to camp

  • Sunscreen - Please apply sunscreen on your child each morning. If you would like your child to re-apply sunscreen during the day, please send sunscreen labeled with their name. Spray on sunscreen is highly recommended. The sunscreen is stored at camp.

  • Cap / Hat

Parent Information book
Our parent information book for summer 2024 is currently being updated and will be emailed to all registered parents.


  • What age children is the camp for?
    CGI is for boys and girls entering kindergarten through entering 8th grade. Our program is carefully and thoughtfully developed to be age and developmentally appropriate for these ages across the board, from swim and sports, to specialties and arts.
  • Where is the camp based?
    Our camp is based in Pleasanton, CA. Our exact location is still being finalized. You can reach out to Rabbi Josh with any question at
  • How religious is Camp Gan Israel?
    CGI is a non-judgmental, non denominational camp for boys and girls of all Jewish backgrounds. All children will enjoy a shared Jewish spirit through songs and projects.
  • When must campers wear a camp shirt?
    We require that all campers wear a Camp Gan Israel shirt on Mondays and Wednesdays. While on field trips camp shirts distinguish our campers and staff from other visitors and we are instantly recognizable to each other.
  • How does my camper find a lost item?
    We encourage you to mark items your child brings to camp with his/her name. Shirts, backpacks, etc. are identical and individual items are difficult to identify without a label. Lost & Found items are available at the camp office. Please contact us regarding specific items and we'll do our best to help you locate them.
  • 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 office. 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 parental permission.
  • Can my camper bring a precious item to camp?
    We do not encourage your child to bring expensive toys, gadgets, jewelry, etc. to camp. CGI supplies everything campers may need.
  • How often does my child drink water at camp each day?
    Please send your child with a water bottle each day. Water coolers are set up around the camp. They will be reminded to drink frequently throughout the day. Bottles will be refilled as needed.
  • How can I speak with my child's counselor?
    A call to the camp office 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?
    The director is available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns during the day through the camp office. Please understand that the directors may be out and about during the time of your call making sure that everything is perfect for your children. If the director is unavailable at the time of your call, please leave a message with both your daytime and evening phone numbers and your call will be returned promptly.
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