The Staff Play of Camp Gan Israel, 5775, was to take place this past Monday night. At least, that’s what
everyone thought. Posters were put up, scenes rehearsed, backdrops painted, but several scenes into
the play, it was revealed to the astonished campers that this was actually an elaborate breakout for the
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After the excitement abated somewhat, the HCs explained that tomorrow, the entire camp would be
journeying to Camelbeach Waterpark for evening filled with fun.
In the early afternoon, the busses departed. The 2-hour ride on the comfortable coach buses felt much
shorter, as campers studied Mishnayos Baal peh, sang songs, and enjoyed the beautiful views on the
scenic country roads. After a stop in scenic Mountain View Park for Mincha and a picnic supper, the
buses arrived at the water park.
As in previous years, CGI joined with numerous other frum camps to rent out the waterpark, and an
incredible Kiddush Hashem and Kiddush Lubavitch was made, as each and every camper in CGI wore his
yarmulke and tzitzis throughout the trip.
After several safety reminders from the Head Lifeguard, and accompanied by staff members, the
campers entered the park. A plethora of slides and pools greeted them; some as tall as eight or ten
stories. With the wide variety of water activities, there was something for every camper to enjoy, from
the enormous water-playground and wading pool to the thrilling slides.
After hours of fun, the exhausted and happy campers boarded the buses, had a quick snack, and most
fell asleep for the ride back, dreaming, no doubt, of what a great time they had.