“No one puts more care into the care of your child.”

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.

Staff 

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. 

Culture 

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 carnivals, dress-up days, art, music, sports, bunk competition, Shabbos parties, Challah baking, and .. oh... so much more!  Entertainers will come to camp every Friday and we'll also have field trips twice weekly.  We are working through our program to see which of these activities are still possible this year.

Trips on the Go

In a usual year, Gan Israel’s “Trip Days” are well known and are geared to all our camper's interests, are scheduled twice per week and feature excursions to many local attractions.  This year's trips include Sandcastle, Zone 28, Funslides, Rollerskating, Fun Fore All, and more! 

Camp Facility

This year we will be at our own home, Chabad of Squirrel Hill, 1700 Beechwood Blvd.
In the morning, we will use the large playground area of the Yeshiva Girls School for outdoor playtime and activities. We will then return to Chabad for lunch, crafts, and instructor-led Academies.
The setup at Chabad will be as follows: The Junior Division (children entering PreK and Kindergarten) will be located in a spacious classroom on the second floor of the building. The Primary Division will be divided into four smaller groups, placing two groups outside in open tents, one group in the very large sanctuary, and the final group in the large social hall. Each group will have one bathroom designated for its exclusive use. Each group will remain self-contained the entire day and will not mix with the other groups.