Camper FAQs

What is a typical day like?  

What is the food like?  

Will I get to see my friends in other shkavot (age groups)?  

Do I have to swim?  

Are the madrichim (counselors) nice?  

What are the tzrifim (cabins) like?  

My birthday is in the summer.  What happens at camp?  

Can I bring my cell phone, Ipod, or video games? 

Do I get to go on any trips?  

Should I bring sports equipment with me to camp?  

Will I get to see my camp friends throughout the school year? 

Regular daily activities at camp include arts and crafts, sports, electives, radio, nature, swimming, and more.

What is a typical day like?   

Click here to see parts of Galil's seder yom ragil (regular daily schedule).

What is the food like?  

Our food is delicious -- we've even had campers say they come to camp because of the food!

Breakfast includes an assortment of cereal, milk (including lactose-free and soy alternatives), fresh fruit, oatmeal, and yogurt, in addition to the main course.  Lunch and dinner vary each day, but always include a fresh salad.  Meals are served family style and we always have a selection of vegetarian, vegan, lactose-free, and gluten-free alternatives available.

Snacks are available throughout the day and there is often dessert served with lunch or dinner.  Most campers' favorite is the ice cream sundae bar served every Saturday night.

Will I get to see my friends in other shkavot (age groups)?  

Absolutely! Galil creates an intimate community.  All of our campers eat meals together, swim together in the afternoon, come together for morning flag raising and evening flag lowering, and many of our activities are camp wide.

Do I have to swim?  

Sports options include Ultimate Frisbee, soccer, basketball, kickball, gaga, swimming, yoga, track, and aerobics.You'll want to! We have a beautiful, heated swimming pool.  Every afternoon free swim is offered -- and on those hot summer days you'll want to cool down.  All campers through Sayarim (6th grade) have mandatory instructional swim.  You'll go home a better swimmer than before!

 

Are the madrichim (counselors) nice?  

Yes!  Almost all of our counselors grew up at Galil.  They come back each summer to make sure that you have fun and love Galill just like they did.

What are the tzrifim (cabins) like?  

Our cabins are modern, but rustic.  All cabins have electricity and bathrooms are either in the cabin (for our younger campers) or in a nearby bathhouse.  Each camper gets a cubby for his or her belongings and can use his or her trunk to store anything else.

Counselors sleep in the cubby located in the center of each cabin to ensure maximum supervision.

Campers are always grouped by grade.  For example, if your child is completing 5th grade in June, s/he will be in Chotrim/Chotrot with the other campers of the same age.  All the campers of the same age will be bunked together.

My birthday is in the summer.  What happens at camp?  

Lucky you!  A Galil birthday celebration is something special and memorable.  You'll have to come to find out why...

Can I bring my cell phone, Ipod, or video games?  

We strongly discourage the use of hand-held electronics as camp is a time to get away from all that.  That said, portable music devices are not prohibited if they are screen-free, kept in the bunks and used only during rest times and in bed.  Cell phones are not allowed and will be taken from you if found, only to be returned at the end of the summer.

 Out of camp and in camp hiking trips and ropes course opportunities 

Do I get to go on any trips?  

Yes!  Each session you will get to go on a "kupa trip" which is a fun out-of-camp trip for the whole camp.  It's always a surprise, but past years' trips have included Phillies games, amusement parks, and bowling.  Also, each shikvah (age group) will go on an overnight tiyul (hike) once in the summer.  It's a great way to bond as a group and to get some good outdoor experience.

Should I bring sports equipment with me to camp?  

It's your decision.  Anything you would ever need will be provided, but if you want to bring your own baseball mitt or yoga mat, that's fine.  Just remember to label everything you bring!

Will I get to see my camp friends throughout the school year? 

Of course!  Camp Galil is not just a summer camp -- we run year-long fun, Jewish educational programming for our campers in the Philadelphia and New Jersey regions.  Check out upcoming area (eizor) events on our calendar!