Welcome to CGI Columbus 2017! **|**2017 Summer registration opens soon. Watch for details!**|**Located on the grounds of the New Albany Middle School**|**Transportation from Bexley and Berwick.**|**Offering specialty programs like sports, art, cooking and more.**|**Providing swimming/instruction in modern & private facilities onsite.**|**Imbuing campers with a deep sense of pride in their heritage.**|**Weekly field trips.**|**Variety of activities - basketball, soccer, kickball, softball & more.**|**Special events for the whole family scheduled throughout the year.**|**The safety of our campers is our #1 concern!**|**You'd be hard-pressed to find a more caring and nurturing staff
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Parent's Guide and Handbook

Parent's Guide and Handbook

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Parent's Guide and Handbook-Summer 2017

 

PURPOSE AND GOALS
Entering our 19th summer, Camp Gan Israel, Columbus, Ohio, was created in order to provide Jewish children with a comprehensive and meaningful summer program, fostering their growth individually, socially and Jewishly. Our program now caters girls and boys in grades K-7. The daily schedule includes an exciting mix of sports, field trips, swimming and activities. These are designed to be educational, fun and conducive in building character and nurturing friendships.

 

Camp Gan Israel will strive to:

  • Be a truly fun and unforgettable experience.
  • Be a place where children will learn the importance of caring, sharing, patience and working with others.
  • Provide an opportunity for Judaism to be felt, lived and experienced in a fun and all-encompassing way.
  • Provide elementary instruction in sports, swimming and crafts, as well as nature appreciation.

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LOCATION
The camp site is located at the New Albany Middle School, in New Albany, Ohio, and utilizes the school's classrooms, gymnasium, sports fields, swimming pool, and cafeteria. Its modern facilities, sprawling grounds, and Olympic size swimming pool allows for plenty of supervised sports outside and lots of room for indoor activities, as well as swimming instruction. Lunch will be eaten in the cafeteria each day, aside for trip days when lunch will be eaten during the trip. The on-site address is 6600 E. Dublin-Granville Road, New Albany, Ohio 43054.

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CAMPERS
Camp Gan Israel's welcomes boys and girls in grades K-6, from a variety of Jewish backgrounds, regardless of affiliation and level of observance. Between 75 and 95 children are expected to attend camp each session.

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DATES AND TIMES
Camp Gan Israel 2017 begins June 26th and runs Monday through Friday concluding July 21st. Camp will include weekly sessions:

  • Week 1: June 26
  • Week 2: July 3
  • Week 3: July 10
  • Week 4: July 17

 

There is no camp on Tuesday, July 4th in accordance with the legal holiday.

 

Times and Policies for Pick up and Drop Off

The day begins at 9:30 a.m. and ends at 4:00 p.m. Please do not drop off your child at camp more than 10 minutes before the beginning of the day or leave your child more than 10 minutes after camp is over to ensure proper supervision for your child.

For those campers who need to be dropped off early or picked up late, please refer to the Pre-Care and After-Care section of this guide. For pick up and drop off places and times, please refer to the Transportation section of this guide.

We encourage campers to attend as many weeks as possible to fully benefit from the instruction and various ongoing activities. However, children can be registered by individual weeks.

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PRE-CARE / AFTER-CARE
Camp Gan Israel is offering pre-care and after-care that will enable parents to drop off children one hour prior to the start of the camp day (8:30 am) and to pick up children one hour after the end of the camp day (5:00 pm).

Parents can enroll their children for pre-care, after-care, or both. Parents will be billed by the week regardless of how many days during the week the program is utilized.

Bus Transportation will not be available for this program.

Pre-Care/After-Care will be located on camp premises, at the New Albany Middle School.

 


Please Note:  

Parents will be charged PreCare/AfterCare fee for any child dropped off before 9:20 a.m., and for any child being picked up after
4:10 p.m.


Weekly Enrollment Rates:
$30.00 for either pre-care or after-care per week.
$50.00 for both pre-care and after-care per week.

Parents who have not enrolled in weekly Pre-Care/After-Care will be charged $10.00 for each drop off before 9:20 a.m. and for each pick up after 4:10 p.m.

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STAFF
We conduct our counselor search in coordination with other
Gan Israel camps across the country in order to bring the highest quality and devoted counselors to Camp Gan Israel of Columbus. One of the highest priorities of our camp is to nurture each camper with personal attention.

In addition to the camp directors, the staff will include: two head counselors, ten bunk counselors, four junior counselors, three Red Cross certified lifeguards, a WSI certified swim instructor, recreation instructor, crafts and nature instructor, a cook, and two bus drivers. Careful consideration of camp size will ensure optimum counselor/camper ratio of at least one supervising staff member per six campers.

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TUITION

  • Weekly rate - $230
  • Full Summer - $795 (4 weeks)
  • Week of July 4 only: $200

Discounts: 

  • 10% discount on all four weeks (Good through 03/15/17)
  • 5% discount on one or more weeks (Good through 03/15/17)
  • 5% discount on all four weeks (Good through 04/15/17)
  • $25 referral fee
  • 5% discount for 3 or more campers from one family. 

Discount does not include transportation, camp t-shirt/hat fee, or pre-care/after care.

Transportation Fee - Refer to the transportation section of this handbook.

A $100 deposit per child is required with camp registration. The deposit is nonrefundable and will be deducted from the camp tuition.

Tuition covers all activities and trips. There is an occasional fee for optional activities such as late nights as well as on the one extended full day field trip (see "FIELD TRIPS"), which are billed upon individual participation.  

Full tuition payment is required by Monday, June 5th, unless prior arrangements have been made with the Camp Director, Esther Kaltmann.

Our reimbursement policy allows for full reimbursement until the start of camp, except for the $100 deposit. Once camp begins, we cannot offer any reimbursement.

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LUNCH

In order to help keep our tuition price reasonable, we no longer offer a lunch and snack program. While we will always have water available all day to drink, have bread and PB&J for emergencies, and offer a late afternoon snack for our extended days, we will not be serving any lunches or snacks on a regular basis.

All campers must bring a dairy or pareve lunch with at least two healthy snacks. Campers will have the opportunity to eat their snack in the morning and afternoon. Please limit the "junk" food, as the days are hot and long. Healthy and nutritious food will keep your camper going strong all day. While we will always have water available, please send a water bottle in their lunches daily. Lunches will not be refrigerated; however lunches will be kept inside, aside from outdoor trip days.

We eat lunch at 11:30 am except for some trip days when lunch will be at 12:00 pm. When lunch is at 12:00 pm we will offer a chance for the campers to eat a morning snack they have provided. Although we are not providing food, please clearly indicate, on the camp registration form, if your child is allergic to specific foods or has special food requirements. This way we can help keep our campers healthy and happy.

Water will be available daily.

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SAFETY
Safety is of primary importance to our counselors and staff. Camp Director Esther Kaltmann will be continuously on hand overseeing the operation of camp and the safety of all campers. Contact among the entire camp staff is maintained during the entire camp day, with specific emphasis on field trips.

With regard to our swimming program, the pool will be supervised by at least two Red Cross certified lifeguards at all times.

In case of an emergency, parents, guardians or emergency contact individuals will be contacted immediately, and if necessary, family doctors as well.

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SCHEDULE
Camp Gan Israel aims to expose the children to the widest possible array of activities, trips, and educational programs, which will serve as a learning experience and leave a lasting positive impact. The daily schedule includes a mixture of sports, swimming, field trips, educational activities and crafts.

Each week at Camp Gan Israel includes one full-day field trip such as COSI and the Columbus Zoo, etc., one or two craft activities, and a specialty activity two times a week. Some weeks include a half day field trip as well, such as roller skating, ice skating, etc. Sports and swimming are scheduled a number of times depending on the week.

A detailed schedule of upcoming activities, special days, and field trips will be sent home with the campers prior to each week. Campers will be divided into groups of age-appropriate activities to keep all campers involved.

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FIELD TRIPS
In addition to nature field trips, campers will have the opportunity to enjoy field trips to children's favorites, such as ice skating, bowling, the Columbus Zoo, Magic Mountain, COSI, Hocking Hills and other activities. Additionally, there will be one full day trip for the Older Division children that will extend into early evening (e.g. Kings Island) that will be billed separately. The Younger Division's trip to Zoombezi Bay will also be billed separately. Information concerning these field trips will be sent home with the children prior to the trip.

Please share the bus guidelines with your child, found here, even if you are not using daily transportation, since we will be taking busses on our field trips. 

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SPECIALTIES
Twice a week, campers have the opportunity to participate in a specialty activity from our specialties program. This year we will implement a new program where all campers will rotate to most electives (based on age and schedule). In this new streamlined program, campers will not be choosing their own activities, but will remain with their bunk/age group.

In past years our specialities have included:

  • Art
  • Jazzercise
  • Yoga
  • Zumba
  • Sports Clinic
  • Woodworking
  • Food Crafts
  • Swim Lessons

Watch the website for updated information about our exciting specialties as we finalize our schedule!

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CRAFTS
Our resourceful arts and crafts program is designed to instruct the children in an exciting array of arts and crafts projects. They include various themes in Jewish life as well as other fun and novel projects, each of which nurture creative expression and encourage children to discover their distinct talents.

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SPORTS
All sports activities will be supervised and directed by a counselor and sports director. Safety is always a primary concern. Campers will receive instruction in basketball, softball/t-ball, soccer and participate in challenging courses.

Soccer: Instruction will focus on the fundamental skills and understanding of the game. Children will learn techniques in offense and defense, with opportunities to use their skills in scrimmages as well as through teamwork in game situations.
Basketball: Our Instructors will help campers in the skills of dribbling, shooting, rebounding and passing with special emphasis on team play.
Softball/T-Ball: Campers will learn the rules and fundamental offensive and defensive skills, through individualized exercises and game situations.
Challenging Course: Instructors involve participants in a variety of imaginative, skill building group activities, decision making, determination and how to approach life's obstacles.


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SWIMMING
Swimming is scheduled 10 times over the course of Camp Gan Israel's 2017 camping season. Please refer to the Camp Calendar for exact swim dates. On swimming days children should bring a bathing suit and a towel in a tote or plastic bag. Parents should mark bathing suits and towels with permanent ink or labels.

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MEDICAL
The medical form
(download here) must be filled out and signed by a parent or guardian. If a child takes medication that must be administered during camp time, the medicine must be clearly labeled with the child's name, dose and time that the medication must be given. Please do not send medications, including over-the-counter medications, with your child without notifying camp officials in advance and providing an explanatory note.

Please note the lice policy on the back of the medical form.

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FAMILY PROGRAMMING
Camp Gan Israel will offer several opportunities for parents and children to enjoy the camp spirit together. They include a Meet and Greet, Parent/Special Persons/Camper picnic lunch, and a Goodbye Gan Izzy Picnic, as well as other activities throughout the year.

Campers and their families will have the opportunity to experience a Family Shabbat in our facilities at the Lori Schottenstein Chabad Center in New Albany, along with their counselors and fellow campers from their bunk, in a warm Shabbat atmosphere imbued with enthusiastic camp spirit.

All campers and their families are welcome for one or both of the Shabbat meals scheduled. More information about the above events will follow.

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TRANSPORTATION
Transportation will be provided for an additional $10 per week for the Bexley and Berwick areas.

Parents will be notified approximately three weeks before camp as to where and when the drop off and pick up points will be. Contact Camp Gan Israel regarding transportation for other areas in the Columbus Metro area. We will help coordinate car-pooling arrangements, as well as other options that may be available.

Details of 2017 transportation can be found here.


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LICE POLICY
Please read and agree to our lice policy, which is found on the back of the medical form. (See Medical, above)

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COME JOIN THE FUN!
So plan to join our camp for the whole summer or just for one session. Fun and learning are what Camp Gan Israel is all about! For more information, please
contact us.

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