All info on this page is from Summer 2020 - New guidelines will updated closer to the summer in accordance with CDC, AZ State & Maricopa County Health Guidelines!  

This page will be updated as we continue to monitor this fluid situation and as more information becomes available, the guidelines are subject to change. 

COVID-19 Policies and Procedures

Our COVID-19 FAQ's with information on our procedures and precautions is available below. Please read to familiarize yourself with our procedures, and to see how we are planning to give your children a safe and healthy summer. Our parent handbook will be updated in the coming weeks with additional information.We will continue to be in contact with local and state health authorities throughout the summer, so that we will be up to date with any regulations and/or safeguards that we will need to have in place to be open for the summer season.    

Registration is open:

There is limited space in camp this year due to the requirement to have smaller bunks and the need for more space to allow proper social distancing. Acceptance to camp will be on a first come first-served basis, with priority given to children registered for .

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If you have any questions or concerns please reach out to us so we can get you the information you need.

Email: [email protected]  Phone Number:  623-349-1770


Click here to read our parent handbook. 


What are some of the changes we can expect at camp this summer and what is Camp Gan Israel doing to mitigate the risks?

While this summer program will look different from what our families are used to, we will still operate our camp using our three guiding principles: ‘Safe. Fun. Jewish.’

Obviously a major focus of this summer will be on safety. As things look at this point, based on current CDC and ACA guidelines, we will have the following changes (subject to new guidance):

  • The camp will operate out of well ventilated and well spaced apart indoors. And well separated outdoor spaces, with bunks not intermingling.
  • We will be limiting the size of each group. As such, please register as soon as possible.
  • There will be minimal intermingling between the bunks.
  • There will be frequent hand-washing, hand-sanitizing, and disinfecting of common surfaces. Supplies will be disinfected before being used by each bunk.
  • Parents will stay in their cars, not accompanying their children into camp. Counselors will welcome campers directly from the drop-off area. Campers and staff will be screened daily for symptoms, and temperatures will be taken with a non-contact infrared thermometer.
  • There will be an additional waiver that addresses the COVID-19 pandemic.

Will my child/children have to socially distance from their peers?

Based on current guidance, campers within one group/bunk will be allowed to intermingle more closely than 6’. We will still be avoiding touching and certain activities that have a higher risk of contagion. Each bunk will maintain distance from other bunks.

Will my child/children have to wear a mask all day?

Campers will not have to wear masks while outdoors with their own bunk. Campers should still have a mask and/or face shield to be prepared, if there are times that will require it. CGI will be providing reusable mask and/or face shields that the children will keep for themselves for when needed.

Will there be swimming?

Based on current guidance from the CDC, there is no evidence that the virus can be spread through the water in pools. Additionally, the disinfection of the water with chlorine should inactivate the virus. We are currently having a safe swimming option.

What about food?

Lunches and snacks will be prepared and served using masks and gloves.

Will camp have regular hours (9-3:30)?

We are currently expecting regular camp hours of 9:00-3:30.

Will there be early / aftercare? 

We plan on offering before or after care.

What will drop-off and screening look like?

Counselors will greet campers at their cars. A standard set of symptom screening questions will be asked. Temperatures will be checked with a non-contact infrared thermometer. Children with a temperature of 100.4 or higher will be sent home and be unable to return for 72 hours after a fever. Parents need to wait until their child is cleared to join camp. If parents have any questions for the staff, please wait in your vehicle and one of our staff will come to help address your concerns.

Will camp tuition be adjusted?

Although summer camp this year is going to look very different from years past, the cost for camp will remain the same. On our end, there are a host of expenses relating directly to COVID-19, including staff in charge of sanitizing, PPE, hand sanitizer, and much more, and we will invest a lot more into the on-campus program, including bringing more entertainers and fun and educational professionals to our camp, all in adherence with safe social distancing and strict following of the guidelines. With the limit on how many campers we can accommodate, we anticipate our per camper cost actually being higher this summer. We will include an option to contribute towards our COVID-related expenses.

Will Scholarships be available this year?

Our belief has always been that every Jewish child deserves a rich summer camp experience. This is true this year more than ever, with the children (and the parents) needing a safe and healthy summer break. If finances are an obstacle (especially if your income has been adversely affected by COVID) please contact us and we will do our best to assist. If, on the other hand, your situation allows, please consider contributing to our Scholarship fund, so we can help every child have a summer of a lifetime.

How did you come to this decision?

We spent countless hours combing through the information released by the

  • American Camp Association, including their ‘Camp Operations Guide Summer 2020’
  • Center for Disease Control;
  • The Maricopa County Health Department.

We consulted with:

  • An infectious disease specialist
  • A pediatrician 
  • A general practitioner
  • We participated in presentations made by a number of other epidemiologists, infectious disease doctors, healthcare consultants and more
  • We worked with local and national camps to identify some best practices to keep our campers and staff as safe as possible.