“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.


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 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. 

Trips on the Go

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

We don't (yet!) have our own facility. CGI rents space from schools in or around Squirrel Hill. Our location provides us with beautiful grounds, plenty of indoor air conditioned rooms, sports courts and more! (Recent past locations included The Woodland Hills Academy, Linden Elementary School and The Winchester Thurston School.) We are currently in conversation with potential spaces for summer 2020. Look out for our location announcement!
(Bus transportation will always be provided from Squirrel Hill and Shadyside)