The year 1999 was notable for the Jewish children and their parents living in north Fulton County. It was the year Camp Gan Israel in north Fulton was born. In its inaugural year, Camp Gan Israel accommodated a mere six children in Rabbi Hirshy Minkowicz’s living room. Twenty-five years later, it is the premier Jewish camp in north Fulton for campers, ages 2-11.
Camp Gan Israel is expanding its facilities in order to welcome every camper who wishes to attend. From the initial six children in the rabbi’s living room, to the hundreds of campers who will wallow in summer fun, all will help in the inauguration of the two new sports fields – baseball and soccer, a basketball court, and a kiddie play area currently under construction.
Camp Gan Israel recently received zoning approval to expand even further, with plans in the works for an indoor gym and play center.
The counselors and head counselors come from out of town. They are Chabad high school graduates from other cities, bringing with them their love of Judaism and camping. These counselors work alongside local teens who serve as co-counselors and JC’s. The older staff also serve as inspiration and mentors to the local teens who work in partnership with them.