Camp Gan Israel is dedicated to enriching the lives of children from diverse Jewish backgrounds and affiliations through stimulating camping experiences.
About Our Camp
Camp Gan Israel Berkeley is one of the largest and fastest growing network of day camps, enjoying a reputation as a pioneer in Jewish camping. We inspire children to try new and exciting things to develop values and skills of a lifetime by applying innovative ideas and activities that children can enjoy and be inspired by.
Children have been known to wait all year to return to Gan Israel! From Kiddie Kamp to our CIT Division, campers enjoy a wide range of exciting activities and field trips in a warm, safe and vivacious atmosphere. Our fast growing Kiddie Kamp offers a wonderful opportunity for youngsters 4-5 to have their first experience in a real summer camp. The children are guided through organized activities, play and forums where they can learn and apply their social skills. Our experienced staff works to develop skills, confidence and a sense of fair play within each child. Many of our kiddies are growing up fast and this is the place to be!
Gan Israel prides itself in its exceptional staff. All staff come with prior camp experience and a desire to work with kids. Bunk sizes are kept small and well staffed. Our camper to counselor ratio is better than 1 to 4 campers, and this does not include our wonderful C.I.T.’s. Each elective is run by professional instructors. Our Camp Directors have many years of day camp experiences. They are the leaders of our top staff and take great pride in their on-going, comprehensive staff training program. Their extensive experience dealing with pre-schoolers and teenagers make them invaluable friends and administrators to the camp.We continue to screen, recruit, and train the highest quality staff for our camp. Over the years, Camp Gan Israel Berkeley has dedicated itself to small groups with exceptional and focused staff supervision that would ensures the best quality care, instruction and supervision are conducted. Our counselors are very caring and patient people who understand how to teach and encourage children to bring out the best in them. If you would like to be a camp staff, complete the form by clicking here.
Our Camp Site
Located at beautiful North Lake Temescal, the boys and girls divisions take place at the picturesque camp sites that offer beautiful facilities well suited for a full program of sports, games, crafts, dramatics and other enriching camp activities. The location has specially designed pre-school playgrounds, playing fields and common areas that all add up to the amazing Camp Gan Israel summer experience.
Located 2 blocks east of Broadway and Golden Gateway in Oakland, North Temescal is a convenient urban oasis, popular for swimming, fishing, sunbathing, and picnicking. The swim area is open Spring through Fall, with lifeguards on duty during posted periods. A snack stand is nearby with facilities accessible to the disabled. Beach wheelchairs that are free-of-charge on a first-come, first-served basis to help provide access across the beach for wheelchair users. There are picnic areas at both ends of the lake and an eight acres lawn available for reservation for group use.The lake is stocked periodically with rainbow trouts. Other fish in residence include the largemouth bass, red-ear sunfish, bluegill and catfish.
Find the North Lake Temescal entrance on your GPS: 37.847778,-122.231389 or type in 6500 Broadway, Oakland, CA 94618