Camp season has begun! Why are second and third generation campers back at Gan Israel? Read this story (link in bio)! Here’s a teaser:
Yuval Golan knew he’d be back. A camper at Gan Israel of the Valley, in Encino, California, he returned twenty-five years later with his daughter Kayla. Now greeting him with a familiar hug was counselor-turned-director Rabbi Meir Greene.
The old photo albums came out off the shelves as Meir showed Kayla pictures of her dad as a camper back in the early 1980s. “Your father was a ten-star general back in the day,” Meir told Kayla, explaining the traditional camp award system where campers earned badges for learning Jewish trivia. “Actually, I was a fifteen-star general,” Yuval corrected proudly. “I was honored with raising the camp flag and leading the songs at morning line-up.” His wife, Ronit, also attended Camp Gan Israel as a child, the Los Angeles and Beverly Hills branch. When it came time for the couple to enroll their children in a day camp, Yuval says it was a no-brainer—“It was only Gan Israel.” At least ten percent of CGI attendees are second and third generation “legacy” campers. “
On any given summer, we have between thirty to forty campers whose parents attended our camp,” Meir says. On the first day, parents come with such enthusiasm that “I sometimes cannot tell who is more excited—the parents or the children.” One camper showed up with her mother’s old camp booklet. “Her mom had saved it all those years for her daughter.” Read more on our website (link in bio)! #camp #campganisrael #ganisrael #cgi #gi #sing #jewish #judaism #raisingkids #happy #thirdgeneration #secondgeneration