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Getting Ready for Camp Series: Communication & Homesickness

Welcome to Camp Gilboa's "Getting Ready for Camp" series of blog posts! Over the next few weeks, we will be posting every week with information to help campers and their families prepare for camp.

In this first post, we'll chat about how families and campers can be in touch during camp, as well as frequently asked questions from parents! Here's what we will cover:

  • Communicating with campers while at camp

  • How to be in touch with Gilboa staff

  • Care packages policy (flat envelopes only!)

  • When you can expect to hear from us

  • Cell Phone Policy (spoiler alert: no phones allowed! Time to get an mp3 player or Ipod.)

  • The Gilboa Blog

  • Homesickness and what to do

Communicating with Your Camper

Chanichimot (campers) love to get mail. Please write! Keep in mind that it takes 4-7 days for mail to arrive to camp, so write early! You may even want to send the first letter before your child leaves for camp, so they will receive it on the first or second day.

Summer Camp Mailing Address:

Your child's name

Camp Gilboa

P.O. Box 1532

Big Bear Lake, CA 92315-1532

You can also send emails to: We print them and hand them out each day except for Shabbat and special days (such as during tiyul, when we are out on trips).

IMPORTANT: If you're emailing your child:

  • Write your child's name in the subject line.

  • Please do not include any photos or other attachments. We want to send cute puppy photos! We have limited internet at camp, and emails that contain attachments may impede on our ability to use the internet for other important uses such as posting photos on the blog.

The most successful camp experiences occur when a child is fully immersed in camp. Therefore, campers are generally not permitted to make phone calls. Exceptions may be made in consultation with camp director. Please note that phone calls generally do not help when a camper is homesick. If you need to get in touch with your child urgently, please contact camp staff.

Packages Policy

The only packages* that Camp Gilboa will receive are FLAT ENVELOPES up to 12”x15” for magazines, photos, or books. Small items such as stickers and pens are permitted as long as they fit inside the flat envelope.

Please do not send candy or food! Gilboa staff will open all packages before giving it to your child, and prohibited items will be removed and discarded.

It’s important to set expectations with your camper so please share this policy with them (as well as any other family or friends) ahead of time.

Should your child forget an item (e.g. sunscreen, water bottle, or sandals), please write to us to receive approval before mailing these items. Often, camp is able to obtain these items for your child, avoiding the wait and hassle of shipping something to camp.

*We will allow exceptions for camper birthdays - bigger packages will be allowed, as long as they do not contain food or candy. Please notify us ahead of time if you will be sending a birthday package.

Getting in Touch with Gilboa Staff

If you have any questions or concerns and wish to talk with us, we will always return your call the same day. Plea