Camp Gan Israel of Tampa Bay is part of the largest and fastest growing network of Jewish day camps in the world. Established with just one camp in 1956 today the Gan Israel network boast thousands of camps in more the 40 countries. Gan Israel enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trendsetter with innovative ideas and creative programs imbuing the campers with a deep sense of pride in their heritage and a love for Judaism and Israel.
Many a child has been known to wait all year to come back to Gan Israel! From Mini Gan Izzy to our Pioneer division, campers enjoy a wide range of exciting activities and field trips in a warm and vivacious atmosphere.
Our fast growing Mini Gan Izzy offers a wonderful opportunity for youngsters 3-4 to have their first experience in a real summer camp. The children are guided in organized activity, play & social skills by loving, patient and caring staff who serve all year-round as pre- school teachers. Our kiddies are growing fast, this is the place to be!
Our camp grounds located at Chabad of Tampa Bay in the heart of Carrollwood is centrally located and enables us to give the children a wide array
of sports, games, crafts, dramatics and other enriching camp activities. Our experienced staffers work to develop skills, confidence and a sense of fair play within each child.
This website will provide you with all necessary information regarding camp. However if you have any concerns, questions or suggestions, please feel free to call.
Rabbi Mendel and Chaya Friedman
More About Our Camp
“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 choirs, Olympic type games, police and fire demonstrations, drama, ballet, carnivals, dress-up days, overnights, color war, hiking, bunk competition, Shabbos parties, Challah baking, and .. oh... so much more. Under the direction of our experienced crafts director, campers will have the opportunity to design and take home some wonderful Judaica projects.
Trips On The Go
Gan Israel’s “Trip Days”, which are well known, are geared to the children’s interests, are scheduled a few times a week and feature excursions to many local attractions as well as across the State.