Frequently Asked Questions - Chabad of S. Barbara
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Must campers wear a camp T-shirt every day?
We require that all campers wear a Camp Gan Israel T-shirt on trips days. Each camper should purchase a T-shirt before camp begins. Since all camp staff and campers wear camp shirts, we are instantly recognizable to each other. While on field trips camp shirts distinguish our campers and staff from other visitors.  Camp shirts and caps will be available for purchase before the start of camp.

How does my camper find a lost item?
Please mark all belongings with your camper's name. This is very important since shirts, backpacks, etc. are identical and individual items are difficult to identify without a label. Lost & Found items are available each day after camp. Please contact us in writing or by phone regarding specific items.

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 written permission.

What if my child does not want to participate in a particular activity?
No camper will be forced to participate in any activity. However, we do urge campers to try all activities and take advantage of the complete program offered at Camp Gan Israel. 

How religious is Camp Gan Israel?
CGI is a totally non-judgemental environment made up of campers from all Jewish backgrounds. An individual's level of observance is not stressed. All children enjoy a shared Jewish spirit through songs and projects.

What does my camper need to bring each day?
Campers should bring a sack lunch and two snacks. (Please send only dairy or pareve lunches, no glass please)  Water is provided to the campers.  We strongly suggest that parents send their children in closed tow sneakers for their own safety. Campers only need a bathing suit and towel on swiiming days. 

How often does my child drink water at camp each day?
Drinking water is always available and given to the campers throughout the day.

How can I speak with my child's counselor?
A call to the camp office 805.275.4083 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 directors are available to answer your questions and discuss your concerns, by calling or texting 805-636-5085. Emails can be sent to rabbizalmy@ganizzysb.com

How can I become more involved with Camp Gan Israel?
The camp encourages the involvement of "bunk parents" (just like a class parent in school). If you are interested please inform the Director. 

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