Thursday Sivan 19 June 11

Woohoo! We are thrilled to announce that Camp Gan Izzy will be opening this summer!!!!

After carefully reviewing the guidelines from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH), the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), and the American Camp Association (ACA), we are confident that we will be able to plan and implement all recommended health and safety guidelines, while providing our children with a patented Gan Izzy summer experience. Safe. Jewish. Fun. 


There will be some changes to the regular camp experience. Please read the following for more info. A parent manual, which will include a more detailed description of COVID-related policies and procedures, is forthcoming.

  1. In order to best safeguard the health of our children, we are assembling a camp medical committee comprised of camp staff, physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals which will be responsible for developing COVID-related camp policies and procedures.  Camp staff will receive intensive training in COVID-related policies and procedures.  Additionally, we plan to bolster our summer camp medical team to include an on-call physician who will be able to address COVID-related issues in real time, should they occur.
  2. Camp hours will be from 9 AM - 3 PM. (Fridays, until 2 PM)
  3. We plan to offer most of our traditional camp activities with modifications when necessary. We hope to have finalized plan for swimming and transportation by next week. Please bear in mind, that the situation is still very fluid and while we will do our best to provide transportation and swimming, that might not be possible
  4. Due to new NYS Department of Health Guidelines, Camp will not be able to provide lunch this summer. Campers will be required to come to camp with a bagged lunch. We are working with local vendors to offer a hot lunch option. 
  5. Upon arrival at camp, campers and staff will be required to have daily temperature checks and provide our camp with a completed form attesting to the fact that they are not currently experiencing COVID-like symptoms and have not been in contact with an individual who has tested positive for COVID.
  6. Group sizes will range in size from 6-10 campers maximum, with a minimum of 2 counselors per group.
  7. These camp groups, will not mix with other camp groups and will remain physically distanced from other groups. Within their groups, however, campers will not be expected to physical distance from one another or their counselors.
  8. Camp staff will be required to wear face masks throughout the camp day.
  9. Campers will not be required to wear face masks while at camp. If campers prefer to wear a face mask, they will be permitted to do so. (In the event we have bussing at all, whether for transportation or to the pool, campers will be required to wear a mask whilst on the bus.)
  10. There will be increased cleaning and disinfecting protocols put in place, including: ongoing cleaning and disinfecting of bathrooms, tables, shared equipment, and other items.
  11. Protocols will be put in place that will assign times for campers and staff to wash their hands throughout the day.
  12. Gatherings that do not allow for physical distancing will be restricted.
  13. As of now, no trips are being planned.
  14. The stated camp rates will remain unchanged. To compensate for the lack of trips, we plan to increase our specialist offerings and provide additional programming this summer. Please recognize that we will be incurring a significant amount of COVID-related costs, such as cleaners and disinfectants, masks, and other protective gear, which will increase our costs to run camp.

It is important to note that this is a fluid process, and some of the guidelines above may change as we receive more guidance from the CDC, ACA, and NYS and NYC health officials.  We will communicate any such updates as they become available to us.


Please note that due to the changes in group sizes, spaces are now limited and will be granted on a first come, first serve basis.

We hope that the above information is helpful to you in making your decision whether to send your child to camp this summer, and we hope to see your child back at camp this summer.

In the meantime, please email questions to Rabbi Mendy at camp@chabadsi.com