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Camp Gan Israel: UK's Largest Jewish Youth Network

Camp Gan Israel: UK's Largest Jewish Youth Network

Thursday, 17 August, 2017 - 8:00 pm

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Once again, summertime in the UK – within the Jewish Community at least – has been enhanced by the presence of Camp Gan Israel in every major locale, including Edgware, Golders Green, Ilford, Leeds, Manchester & Wimbledon in addition to overnight camps in Mid and South Wales. 12 day-camps & 2 overnight camps are currently in full swing.

Under the guidance of more than 50 dedicated and hard-working youth leaders from all over the world and of course local Shluchim some 2,000 children have been enjoying a full schedule of activities, trips, sports, games and crafts – all provided in non-judgemental environment. Hot lunches, drinks and snacks are all included. One of the camps alone has gone through 700 loaves of bread and 750 cucumbers for the lunches!

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The Camp Gan Israel network was established in 1956, when the Rebbe realised that a kosher camp environment was vital to a child’s upbringing. It is now the largest informal education network in the world serving more than 100,000 children each summer with around 60% coming from unaffiliated homes. We don’t know exactly how many of the children are unaffiliated as we don’t ask, rather we simply offer a wholesome camp experience to every Jewish child that wants it, irrespective of whether they can afford it.

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Many of these camps, as much as they try to balance their books, run at a deficit. In 2016 the cumulative shortfall was £25,600. This year, the numbers are not yet finalised but will be a similar figure.

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