COVID-19 General Policies & Guidelines:

  • Camp hours: 9:00-3:00
  • No early drop off or extended care
  • Bunk size limited to approximately 10 campers each
  •  Campers must bring their own non-perishable lunch and snacks from home in disposable containers (all lunches must be ready to eat as is, no cooking or heating facilities will be available)
    • Weekly shabbat party will include pre-packaged snacks only
    • Meals will be eaten with social distancing
    • No sharing food
  • No parents or visitors allowed on site
  • Limited help with sun block. Parents must apply sun block before camp and teach their children to reapply on their own, counselors can assist campers when needed but will change gloves between campers
  • Directors, Division Heads & all general staff wear PPE (Face shield, mask & gloves) when around campers or other staff
  • Campers inside of their bunkrooms, outside and inside activity rooms will not be required to wear masks. We do ask that every camper brings a mask camp, to use when necessary.
  • Frequent hand washing is required
  • No staff rooms
  • Staff radios are kept in their possession, used batteries are swapped for charged batteries, sanitized and recharged 
  • No water fountains
  • Every camper & counselor must wash/sanitize between most activities, before lunch & dismissal
  • Every bunk will have their own designated washing station
  • All shared equipment needs to be sanitized between each group use
  • These guidelines will be updated and revised as the laws, guidelines and situation changes

Health Policies:

  • Every camper or staff member must be temperature checked before entering the campus each day
  • Any camper or staff member who has traveled out of the country or has been in close contact with someone who has a suspected or confirmed case of Covid-19 will not be admitted to camp for 14 days
  • Any camper or staff member who has experienced fever, vomiting, cough, diarrhea, loss of taste or smell or other symptoms typical of Covid-19 will be unable to rejoin the program until 72 hours after the symptoms subside, in most cases a negative test result and/or doctor’s note will be required before returning
  • Any camper or staff member who displays a high temperature (>101) or other symptoms during the camp day will be isolated from the rest of camp and sent home ASAP
  • Hand washing and other safety signs posted around campus reminding campers and staff to wash hands and stay vigilant 
  • We strongly discourage having play dates with children from other bunks and camps 


  • All counselors will be local staff commuting from home, Camp Gan Israel will not group house out of town staff
  • Campers will be in “bunks” of up to approximately 10 campers with 2 counselors and 1 junior counselor
  • All counselors & campers will remain with their own group at all times, there will be no floaters
  • Maintenance staff member will be hired to clean & sanitize full time, cleaning bathrooms and equipment between each group
  • Directors, Division Heads, maintenance & support staff will minimize direct engagement with campers and counselors


  • No trips
  • No busing
  • Swimming for older division only
  • Water slides and water activities for younger division 
  • No large group activities
  • Bunks will spend majority of time in designated area, including bunk time, activities & eating
  • Shared equipment and supplies are avoided as much as possible

Each camper receives:

  • Arts & Craft supply kit (scissors, glue, markers, pen etc)
  • Activity box

Every bunk receives:

  • Labeled drawer or bucket for each camper
  • Balls
  • General Arts & Craft supplies
  • first aid kit
  • Disinfectant
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves
  • Extra masks 


  • Parents are encouraged to be consistent with the drop-off and pickup every day and not switch off
  • Director greets at car, parents do not come out unless required
  • Division Heads at door, with PPE, with thermal thermometers & check in, any camper with fever (100.4) is sent home
  • Sanitizer station right inside door, anyone entering the campus must first sanitize
  • We strongly discourage carpooling with campers from different bunks 
  • Camp arrival and dismissal procedures will be provided to prior to camp. We ask that you strictly adhere to those guidelines. 

In case of infection:

  • Anyone showing symptoms will be isolated and sent home
  • Bunk and public areas will be cleaned and sanitized
  • In case of infection, the members of the affected bunk will need to self isolate at home for 14 days and show negative COVID 19 test results before returning to camp.
  • We will develop a clear communication plan to keep parents informed and updated on the situation