Camp Gan Israel of Greater Philadelphia
Camp provides a truly enriching experience that cannot be duplicated in any other environment or under any other circumstance. Camp is a child-oriented world. A camper is at leisure to daydream in a fashion not permitted by the pressures of the tightly scheduled adult-run world of home and school. This daydream may translate itself into a good story around a campfire, or be acted out in an impromptu skit. A craving for adventure may be fulfilled by the excitement of a canoe trip or camping out under the stars. With adults in the background primarily to ensure health and safety, the child gains the experience of living within a small "community" of his or her peers.
A child at Gan Israel learns to play and compete within carefully designed limits and recognizes that certain types of competition can be a creative force adding to the enjoyment of the game. Then, the valid questions become, "did I try?", "did I learn?, and "did I have fun?" rather than, "did I win?"
The foundation of Gan Israel is a tangible sense of 'Ahavat Yisrael' -- love of a fellow Jew, regardless of background, affiliation, or level of Jewish knowledge. Campers experience pride in their Jewish heritage, gain crucial skills for living, and make friendships that can last a lifetime. They also have so much fun that they don't even realize how much they're learning!
This year, why not give your child the experience of Summer, Gan Israel Style!