Camp Gan Israel..The spirit of a Jewish overnight right in Swampscott!
Do you have a child, ages 3-12? Are you looking for a local option that does not include a long bus ride every day? Would you like your child in a warm Jewish environment with small groups and nurturing staff? Look no further. Camp Gan Israel, now in its eighth year, is located in Swampscott, and welcomes campers from preschool division through sixth grade, in addition to a CIT program for grades 7-9. Several factors make the “Gan Izzy” experience unique. Firstly, we handpick our staff from around the world and bring them to the North Shore for the summer. That means that your child has a wonderful Jewish role model who is devoted to Jewish outreach and teaching, not a counselor simply looking for a summer job. Second, our program offers swimming at the JCC, including instruction swim, in addition to weekly trips to Boston’s great attractions and weekly Beach Days in Marblehead. Our campers in grades 3-6 choose their own specialty activities and younger campers enjoy music, gymnastics, and more in camp.
Gan Israel is much more than a physical break from the school routine and winter activities. It’s a comprehensive program designed to strengthen the body and soul. It provides your child with a rich and wholesome summer vacation of fun and excitement along with friendship and meaningful educational experiences.
Child development is the most significant ingredient in a healthy camp experience. This is why our staff is the real secret to our success. Our experienced counselors are known for their personal warmth and ability to care for each child as an individual. Many staff members return year after year, lending experience and continuity to all programs. Each counselor is a role model for our children, promising them friendship which will last forever! Their love for the children is surpassed only by the children’s love for them.
Gan Israel campers are imbued with a deep sense of pride in their Jewish heritage and a love for the land of Israel. Weekly Judaic themes are taught through exciting activities, stories, songs, games and contests, which are part of the unique Gan Israel experience. Combined with group discussions and educational programs, these events bring to life the beauty and values of our tradition.
Activities & Special Events
Our weekly program is enhanced with songs, sports, gymnastics, drama, carnivals, dress-up days, overnights, color war, hiking, bunk competition, Shabbos parties, Challah baking, and .. oh... so much more. Under the direction of our experienced crafts director, campers will have the opportunity to design and take home some wonderful Judaica projects.
Trips On The Go
Gan Israel’s “Trip Days”, which are well known, are geared to the children’s interests, are scheduled a few times a week and feature excursions to many local attractions. Our campers enjoy bowling and ice skating, Canobie Lake Park, Coco Keys, Rock climbing, and ocean kayaking. Best of all, trips are included in your tuition fees!