Gan Israel is part of the largest and fastest growing network of Jewish day camps in the world. Gan Israel enjoys a well-earned reputation as a trend setter with innovative ideas, creative programs and new activities.

The camp Gan Izzy Staff are renowned for their dedication and love for their campers. Campers thrive in the fun, upbeat camp atmosphere, making friends, gaining confidence, and developing a positive self-image. At Gan Israel every child is a gem.

The camp Gan Israel camp schedule is unmatched! Our famous blend of workshops, trips, entertainers, overnight trips combine for a summer of adventure to remember.

Please browse around the newly updated website to learn more about the program. Please don't hesitate to give us a call with any question, concerns, and suggestions that you may have. We always enjoy hearing from parents.


Sarah Meretsky, Director

Gan Israel Camp of State College will be from Aug. 8th to 19th this year. Camp will be from 9am to 3pm Monday through Friday. There are half day options 9 to 12. Lunch will be served in full day option. Drop off is at the Chabad Center at 443 E. Waring and transportation will be provided to day trips.

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.


Our devoted staff 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 a friendship that will last forever! Their love for the children is surpassed only by the children’s love for them.


Camp Gan Israel's warm, positive approach to Jewish living gives a child a strong sense of Jewish pride. Camp Gan Israel's combination of learning and fun is unmatched. Every aspect of the day - from sports, trips and art; to stories, games and learning activities - is imbued with Jewish values. Campers gain a strong sense of the greatness of our people's heritage and history while having a great time.

Creative Arts

Our extensive creative arts program brings Jewish concepts to life through the lens of creativity. Professional instructors guide the children in a variety of challenging projects, helping the children discover their natural talents and develop their creative abilities.

Athletics & Aquatics

Our varied and exciting sports and aquatics program helps the campers develop sportsmanship, confidence and athletic skills while having the time of their lives! The Sports program is greatly enhanced by our professional instructors, whose specialized skills and fun approach combine to promote the campers' growth and self-confidence. Our certified swimming instructors help children on all levels improve their skills and water safety.