Dear Parents,

While camp is potentially the safest place for children to be this summer, it is not risk-free. With the increased safety procedures and policies we’ve created at Camp Gan Israel, we hope to minimize risk and provide campers with an amazing summer experience.

The Safety Guidelines focus on three key components for responsibly operating camp in this environment.

1.    Adequate and frequent health screening and monitoring.

2.    Vigilant hygiene and cleaning practices.

3.    Keeping group sizes consistent and small.

We understand that different people have different outlooks on the pandemic and how to behave in the face of it. Our goal at Camp Gan Israel is to provide a safe, and fun, summer experience for all our campers and families. Toward that end, we are following the advice and recommendations of healthcare professionals.

This document is our current set of practices based on the NY State Summer 2020 Camp Guidelines as well as recommendations from the CDC, ACA, OCFS, and CCR&R. New guidance and resources will likely come to light over the coming weeks that could further enhance our plans. We will keep you updated with any new guidelines that occur.

As we forge ahead, we understand that there are inherent risks associated with opening camp this summer. Along with that we also know that our children desperately need to get out and experience all the physical and spiritual goodness that Camp Gan Israel Summer 2020 has to offer.

I would like to take this opportunity to wish all our camp families a happy and healthy summer!


Rabbi Simcha Morgenstern
Director, Camp Gan Israel

First Session: Monday, June 29th – Friday, July 24th

Second Session: Monday, July 27th - Thursday, August 20th

Enrollment Session Requirements

To safely and effectively run camp this summer, we are limiting our enrollment to either a 4 week or 8 week option.

Groups this year will be limited to no more than 10 campers per group.

Groups Will Not Mix.

Groups will be required to maintain appropriate social distancing from other groups.

All Camp, Rallies will be restructured to accommodate social distancing among groups.

Special event days and dress-up days will be restructured to accommodate the above requirements.

Children ages 2 and over may, but are not required, to wear masks.  If you wish for your child to wear a mask, please send it (labeled) along with the child daily. If a child is sent home sick for any reason, the Camp Nurse will provide them with a paper mask if they do not have one.

All staff will be required to wear face coverings when in close contact with campers and other staff members.

Morning Drop-Off

Being that campers cannot intermingle between groups; it is especially crucial for parents and guardians to adhere to drop-off and pick-up times. Due to COVID-19 guidelines, we will not be able to provide any early / after care this summer.

Drop-off will be between 9:00 AM and 9:30 AM while pick-up will be between 3:00 and 3:30 PM. On Fridays, pick-up will be between 2:00 and 2:30 PM.

Screening – Campers will be screened prior to exiting the vehicle. The screening will entail a contactless temperature reading and answering some brief questions about possible exposure to COVID-19 and symptoms.

No child will be permitted to exit their vehicle if they or anyone in their household has a temperature of 100 or above, trouble breathing, a cough, sore throat, chills, muscle aches, cold-like symptoms, GI symptoms, or if the child visibly looks ill. Children may not be dropped off asleep and car seats and strollers must remain in the car.

Parents may not exit their cars while in the carpool line for any reason. If a parent needs assistance, they can park in the designated parking area and flag a staff member or call the office at 845-634-0951 for assistance.

Arrival Area Hand Sanitizing Stations - Campers and staff will sanitize their hands prior to joining their group.

Dedicated Meeting Locations for Groups - Campers will be escorted to their group’s dedicated meeting area by one of their counselors.

If you are late to drop-off, please park your car in a valid parking space and call the camp office at 845-634-0951 and wait for further instructions. PLEASE DO NOT ATTEMPT TO ENTER THE BUILDING. After calling the office, wait for a staff member who will come to your car and screen and escort your child. This may take some time if staff are occupied with other jobs.

If you need to pick-up your camper before the end of the day, you will need to call the camp office at least one hour prior to pick-up. TEXTING RABBI MORGENSTERN IS NOT AN ACCEPTABLE FORM OF NOTIFICATION.

Afternoon Pick-up

Please understand that a parent / guardian arriving late will put a great amount of stress on the staff. In the event that a parent or guardian is late in picking up a camper, they will be charged $10 for the first five minutes. There will be a $1 per minute charge thereafter. Please do not view this as a paid service. We are simply stressing how important it is for you to be on time this summer.

Please note: Children will only be released to a parent or someone on the authorized pick-up list. If you are having someone else pick-up your child, you must call the office ahead of time to notify. We may call you if we are not sure if the person is an authorized pick-up.

Afternoon pick-up is from 3:00 – 3:30 PM daily and 2:00-2:30 on Fridays.

There are several lanes (indicated with cones) available for cars to pull up in. Please pull as far forward as you can.

Your child will be called on the radio and escorted to your car.

Children’s hands will be washed prior to bringing them to their parents. If your child cannot secure their own seat belt, parents should exit the car (while wearing a mask, and respecting social distancing as possible) and collect their child upon being given permission to do so. Staff will not place children in cars or car seats. If necessary, staggered pick-up times may be implemented in the future.

Camp Gan Israel will be closed to all visitors this summer. There will be no visitation allowed for any reason. We will not host family visiting events or prospective family tours this summer.

At the heart of Camp Gan Israel is our variety of amazing activities led by a talented group of counselors and specialists. This is where the fun, engagement, friendships, learning and camp memories begin. This is the most important part of the camp experience and our team has been working hard to re-imagine the process and make the experience better than ever. After months of being home with distance learning, we know that campers are ready to enjoy the outdoors, connect with friends and have some fun!

  • All campers and staff members must wash/sanitize hands when they arrive and depart each activity period.
  • Cleaning and disinfection will be completed on all equipment and supplies before being used by another group.
  • One group will be scheduled at each activity area at one time.
  • Commonly touched surfaces (switches, sink knobs, tables, benches, etc) will be wiped down or sprayed with disinfectant periodically throughout the day.
  • Staff members will increase spacing and physical distance when possible.
  • Every group will be provided with a supply box that only their group will be allowed to use.
  • Extensive cleaning of the facility each night.

Field Trips

We do not have any offsite field trips scheduled for this summer. This may change depending on how guidelines evolve during the course of the summer.

Special Event Days

Special events and entertainers will be brought to camp and performances will be held with acceptable social distancing guidelines being followed.


We are fortunate to have our own heated pool that enables us to provide swimming for our campers this summer. We understand that swimming is a favorite activity for many campers and an important part of the summer camp experience. Swimming pools have been deemed safe because the virus is not water borne and pools are properly treated with chlorine.

Each group will be assigned a designated swimming area inside the pool along with a consistent lifeguard assigned to them. No pool toys or shared equipment will be allowed this summer.

Activities for Summer 2020

We expect to be able to do most of our usual camp activities in a manner acceptable to the guidelines. These include, sports, arts & crafts, rhythm & music, physical education, special shows and more!

*NOTE: Camp activities may be changed or could be unavailable based on the Board of Health guidelines.

Campers will bring a backpack to camp daily with their bathing suit, towel, water shoes, extra clothes, water bottle, sunscreen and personal hand sanitizer. Those items will not be stored at camp and will go home at the end of the day with the camper. No other personal items, including electronics will be permitted. 

Mini Gan campers will receive a checklist regarding additional camper items.

We are currently working to try to and offer free or reduced lunch to all of our campers this summer! We will update everyone as soon as we know anything more. Lunch will be catered by Fresh & Tasty.

All campers will sanitize their hands before and after eating.

Lunch will take place in individual groups. Lunch will be delivered to each group and staff handling the food will wear masks and gloves.

Camp Gan Israel will continue to provide campers with snacks in the morning and our signature ice pop at the end of the day.

Each bunk will receive water coolers that remain in the bunk. The 2-gallon coolers will also be taken to their group’s activities. Staff will fill each camper’s cup with water.

No reusable water bottles will be allowed in camp, as refilling them cannot be done in a sanitary matter. Disposable water bottles are fine as long as it is clearly marked with camper’s name.

Birthdays during camp will be celebrated with a pre-packaged individual birthday snack for a nominal fee. The birthday child receives a “birthday sticker” to mark their special day. We believe this is the most appropriate way to celebrate a camp birthday. Please do not send anything additional to camp, including treats or group gifts.

If your child will be celebrating a birthday in camp, please give us a call five days in advance so we can prepare. 


We are a nut-aware campus. We do not serve any products containing nuts or that are made in factories where cross contamination is possible. We ask that families bringing their own lunch respect this and only allow campers to bring nut-free lunches.

At Camp Gan Israel, we have several modes of communication; Phone, Email, & WhatsApp Broadcast.

Please make sure you are receiving email from the office. Ask about joining our WhatsApp Broadcast to stay up to date in real time.

In case of an emergency, we will attempt to first call the primary contact on the account. We will only attempt to contact the secondary contact or emergency contact if we cannot connect with the primary contact.


Pre-Camp Screening

Staying safe at camp begins with staying safe at home. We ask that all our campers and staff are overly cautious about all contact outside the home during the camp season.

The following practices are a condensed list of standards that we’ve chosen to highlight for the purpose of this document. Extensive protocols and standards of care exist for our staff and medical team that address these and other medical standards in greater detail.

Sick Child Policy

If a child develops a fever, shortness of breath, a new cough, GI symptoms, lethargy, chills, rash, loss of taste or smell, or other potential coronavirus or additional Multi-System Inflammatory Syndrome in Children (MIS-C) symptoms which also include neck pain, or abdominal during the day, the camper will be immediately removed from the group and isolated. If a parent will not immediately be available to pick up the camper, another family member or caregiver must be available. Campers may not return to camp until 3 days after symptoms resolve without medical intervention. If campers are being sent home with symptoms not typically associated with the coronavirus or MIS-C, they must remain at home until 24 hours after symptoms have resolved.

For any camper who develops symptoms of MIS-C the state recommends immediate medical consultation and must be reported to the Department of Health.

Positive Case of Coronavirus

Should a staff member or child in camp become positive with a case of coronavirus, we will contact the local department of health and our healthcare consultant and follow their guidance. The facility will re-open with permission from the local health department and in consultation with our healthcare avisors. Anyone who has come into direct contact with someone who is positive should contact their local department of health and healthcare provider and follow all directions given by both entities.

Parent / Guardian has a confirmed case of COVID...

In the event that a parent / guardian of a camper must be isolated because they have tested positive for, or exhibited symptoms of, COVID-19, the parent / guardian must be advised that they cannot enter camp for any reason, including picking up their child.

If the parent / guardian – who is a member of the same household as the camper – is exhibiting signs of COVID-19 or has been tested and is positive for the virus, utilize an emergency contact authorized by the parent to come pick up the child. As a “close contact,” the camper must not return to camp for the duration of the quarantine.

If a camper or their household member becomes symptomatic for COVID-19 and / or tests positive, the child must quarantine and may not return or attend the day camp program until after quarantine is complete.

What is the definition of a “Close Contact”?

The CDC defines close contact as interactions within 6 feet for more than 15 minutes. Contact tracing will be carried out by trained staff in conjunction with the local health department.

What is the definition of a “Proximate Exposure”?

A proximate exposure is defined as interactions greater than 6 ft. from an infected individual within a shared space.

Childhood Inflammatory Disease Related to COVID-19

We are aware that the State Department of Health is investigating several cases of children experiencing symptoms similar to Kawasaki disease and toxic shock-like syndrome which may be related to COVID-19. We will continue to monitor the situation and our staff will be vigilant in monitoring campers for the symptoms throughout the day.


All program areas, bathrooms, office areas, and sports equipment will be disinfected throughout the day.

Shared facilities and program areas will be cleaned and sanitized before and after every group.

Mandatory hand washing and sanitizing before and after all activities and before eating.

Hand sanitizing stations will be located throughout camp.

Commercial Disinfectants will be approved by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

A thorough cleaning of all building will be conducted each night


Staff will receive additional training during Orientation on hygiene, adjusted camp protocols, our Communicable Disease Plan, their role in monitoring symptoms, how to talk to campers about COVID-19 and expectations for responsibly adhering to these guidelines.

Thank You

Thank you for taking the time to read these guidelines and for taking our campers’ safety seriously. Together, we can ensure an exciting and safe summer for our campers.


Camp Gan Israel employs a full-time armed security guard. Our security guard - Joe - has been working with us since the start of the school year and knows our facility and layout well.

Joe is stationed at a desk opposite the front door. On his desk there is a computer screen that monitors cameras throughout the inside and outside of our facility. 

Our front entrance is the only entrance used for accessing the building and remains locked at all times. Only the secretary or the security guard can buzz them in. 

Our security officer will be identified wearing a blue shirt that says "security" in white. 

To help cover the increased cost of security, each camp family will be assessed a $100 per account security fee. This fee will be added to your UltraCamp account and is the same regardless of how many children are attending or how many weeks your children are attending. 


Your camp statement can be found in your online account portal

Please check that the amounts owed reflect the amount you've agreed to pay and if there is any discrepancy, please call the office asap.

This year, due to COVID-19, we are requiring that parents pay for each half upfront. 

The first session is due by June 26th and Second session is due by July 24th.

If, for any reason, you cannot keep that arrangement, please call our office immediately. 

Refunds, if any, due to a COVID-19 related closing will be made solely at the discretion of Camp Gan Israel of Rockland.

Thank you for your teamwork!


Camp Gan Israel of Rockland is licensed by the New York State Department of Health and operates in accordance with its rules and regulations. We are inspected regularly, and inspection reports are on file at the camp office.