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Camp Gan Israel

Summer 2020

Parent Handbook Addendum

COVID-19 Camp Policies and Procedures

*All policies are subject to change with updates in government Covid-19 regulations

1079 W. Granada Blvd., Ormond Beach, FL 321774 | 386-627-9300 | www.cgidaytonabeach.com



Dear Parents,

As we prepare for the upcoming summer at Camp Gan Israel, first and foremost in our minds is the safety and well-being of our campers and staff.

The information contained in these pages reflects discussions and consultations with medical professionals and guidance from local, state and federal agencies. We have done our best to provide you with a clear, concise and practical outline of what we have planned for the camp season.

This information and attached acknowledgment of receipt of this packet, is an addendum to the Parent Handbook, which can be found on our website.

Please know that we will be in contact with all relevant agencies to keep up to date with changes that may occur during the summer camp and will share them with you.

With all necessary precautions in place and our vigilance during the summer, we are confident that we could provide your children with an exciting and fun summer experience. Nonetheless, we cannot guarantee that COVID-19 or other illnesses will not occur at camp this summer. No camp can make that guarantee. Please make the best decision for you and your family.

The success of our summer depends upon all families openly and honestly communicating whether anyone in their home has tested positive or even has any related symptoms.

It is ok to contract COVID-19. It can happen to anyone, even if they are adhering to stay-at-home directives and social distancing protocols. Stigma or silence surrounding this is counterproductive. If we’re open and honest with each other, we can keep camp— and the joy that it brings to dozens of families— open all summer.

As always, feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns that you may have over the summer.

With heartfelt prayers for a well-deserved safe, healthy and enjoyable summer for our campers!


Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Daytona


Rebbetzin Etty Farkash

Summer Camp Director


Drop Off and Pick Up Procedures

• For the safety of our campers and staff, PARENTS OR ANY VISITOR WILL NOT BE ALLOWED IN THE BUILDING AT ALL. If you need to speak in person to a staff member, we will come out to you.

• If possible, older people such as grandparents should not pick-up or drop-off children because they are more at risk.

Sick Policy

• Keep your child home if they are showing any signs or symptoms of illness.

• Any child with a temperature of 100 or above will be sent home. Temperature screenings will be conducted daily upon arrival via an infrared touchless thermometer.

• Children must be symptom free (without the aid of a fever reducing medication) for 72 hours before returning to camp.

• If your child has an excessive and unusual runny nose, cough or sneeze, fever, vomiting, diarrhea, rash, loss of taste or smell, or any other symptoms typical of COVID-19, we will ask that you pick up your child and keep him/her home for 72 hours. In some cases, a note from your child’s doctor will be required for your child to return to camp.

• If your child shows symptoms while at camp, they will be cared for by a staff member in isolation. You will need to pick up your child within 1 hour. The room will then be sanitized and disinfected.

• If you, your spouse or other members of your family or household have a temperature or are sick, we respectfully request that you keep your child/ren home.

Confirmed COVID-19

• If COVID-19 is confirmed in a child or staff member, the respective program (Pioneers, Regular Gan, or Mini Gan) will be closed for a minimum of 24 hours. We will notify you immediately if that is the case.

• Local health authorities will be notified and will advise us on re-opening procedures.

• Areas used by anyone with a confirmed case will not be used until cleaning and disinfection has occurred.

• Any camper or staff member who has a confirmed case of COVID-19 will need to self-quarantine for 14 days and a doctor's note will be required before returning.

• Any camper whose parent or member of their household has a confirmed case of COVID-19 will need to self-quarantine for 14 days and a doctor's note will be required before returning.


Refund Policies

COVID-19 Related Refund Policy:

Any camp (or bunk) COVID-19 related closure, or confirmed COVID-19 related absence, that exceeds 2 consecutive days will receive a full prorated refund for that week.


At times staff will be required to wear masks and gloves.

• We ask that you send your child in Regular Gan and Pioneers with a mask every day, since there will be times when masks will be encouraged (see below).

• In accordance with state guidelines, we are not making it mandatory for our campers to wear masks. If you would like your child to wear a mask, they may certainly do so.

Physical Distancing and Bunk Sizes

In an effort to limit exposure and to provide contact tracing should the need arise; we have put in place the following guidelines:

● Bunk sizes will be kept to a minimum.

• Camper and staff groupings will be as static as possible. The same group of children will remain with the same staff each session, each day, all day.

• We will restrict mixing between groups of Campers.

• This year, each bunk will have their own set of equipment and supplies, i.e. markers, balls, jump ropes etc.  Any shared items will be sanitized prior to being used by other groups.

In the event bunks are gathered together for a show or performance, the following conditions will be met:

• All staff will wear masks.

• There will be 7-9 feet separation between bunks.

• Campers will be encouraged to wear masks at these events.

• During nap time for younger children, cots will be set up 6 feet apart.

Camp programs have always been built around developmentally appropriate practice. Social distancing is not a developmentally appropriate expectation for any child under the age of 12, and especially the younger children (under 7). Therefore, we expect that your child will be at a distance of less than 6 feet of another child, neither of whom will be in a mask, at many times this summer. Our staff will remind campers frequently to social distance, but we know that it will not always occur. Our program will not encourage activities that place campers in less than 6 feet of one another for prolonged periods, or that occur in confined indoor spaces for prolonged periods to minimize aerosol transmission.


All materials not easily sanitized, such as fabric, will be removed from the class/bunk rooms.

Hand washing will take place often and under the supervision of the counselors. The following times are mandatory for hand washing:

• Immediately upon entering the building in the morning.

• Before and after snack.

• Before and after going outdoors to play.

• After using the bathroom.

• Before leaving camp at the end of the day.

In addition, every counselor will have hand sanitizer for campers and staff to sanitize in between hand washings.

Food & Drinks

• Campers will eat lunch with their bunks only.

• Every Wednesday your child will be able to enjoy some Pizza for $6 per child (sides of corn, watermelon will be served). Any staff that will be in contact with the food will be wearing gloves.

• Please do not send any reusable containers to camp for your child’s lunch. Everything must be in disposable containers or bags and easily opened and eaten by the children with minimum counselor help.

• Prepackaged food will be served for Shabbat party and special occasion with staff wearing masks and gloves.

• Cooking and baking activities will be done less often and with extra precaution.

• Please send a large water bottle with your child in order to avoid excessive use of the water fountains.

• Mini Gan will be serving a snack. Staff will wear masks and gloves when preparing and serving any snacks.




• All staff will be trained on appropriate cleaning and disinfection, hand hygiene, and respiratory etiquette.

•All staff will undergo CPR training.

Program Modifications

In order to adhere to CDC guidelines, we have altered the Camp program as follows:

• We have cancelled all off-site field trips and inter-bunk activities. Our exciting specialty activities will be offered as bunk specialty activities as opposed to inter-bunk electives.

• We will not be using any buses.

• There will be no late-nights, over-nights, or family events this year.

• No synagogue members will be permitted access of facilities allocated to camp during camp hours.

• When seated for lunch or any other activities, bunks will sit at least six feet apart.

• Cooking and baking activities will be done less often and with extra precaution.

• Only one bunk at a time will use the playground. They will wash hands and/or use hand sanitizer before and after each use under staff supervision.

• All campers should apply sunscreen at home.


If you are uncomfortable with sending your child to camp with these precautions in place, please keep your child at home. These precautions are in place to provide every effort to keep every child and family safe; however, this does not provide any guarantee of any kind. As the parent of the child attending, you assume all risks associated with allowing your child to begin attending. That being said, we are doing everything we can in our power to keep every child safe during this time. Working together during this time is important.

Complete Registration

In order to complete registration and secure your spot for the summer the following is required:

• Make sure all your medical forms (Medication Authorization, Physical, Immunization) are up to date. Please contact Donna in the office at 386-627-9300 to make sure this is the case.

• If applicable, make sure your DCF form is complete.

• Fill out and sign the camp waiver.

• For your protection and the protection of our office staff, and to limit the amount of traffic in the office, all physical camp forms MUST be picked up on Friday, June 19th, between 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM, filled out at home, and returned to the office completed for your child to be allowed into camp on the first day.

• Complete Payment (in office, by clicking HERE, or at chabaddaytona.org/campregistrationpay)