Camp Gan Israel in the UK for boys recently completed a fun-filled successful summer.
The camp was held in a stunning boarding school in the scenic Lake District in England. Directed by Rabbi Shmuli Brown and Menahel Ruchni Rabbi Folly Dubov, an unprecedented number of boys mostly from the UK with some coming from the USA, France and Russia enjoyed a fun-packed summer of learning and activities in a Chassidisher atmosphere.
The amount of Mishnayus Baal Peh learned, Tanya Baal Peh and Hachlotas taken was outstanding, over 90% of the entire camp got up very early and sat for more than 2 hours reciting Tehillim on Shabbos Mevorchim!
“The difference between my camp friends and my school friends is that at camp they spoke to me about meaningful topics and issues that matter, whereas in school that’s not always the case,” said Jacob.
The Chayos in davening and bentching, the entire camp singing in unison with hands around each other’s shoulders by the Shabbos meals and all the beautiful stories, were amazing. The children had so much fun with the amazing trips from ice skating, bowling, swimming, boat ride, hikes, trampoline centre, midnight runaways, farbrengens, sports, activities, color war, the banquet and so much more.
The entire camp surprised its director Rabbi Shmuli Brown, who celebrated his 40th birthday during camp, with a special banquet, songs, presents and birthday wishes. The children learned what it means to be a true chossid nowadays after Gimmel Tammuz, they farbrenged for many hours after the Shabbos meals with their counselors, they learned in depth throughout camp the Mitzvah of Kibud Ov Vo’Eim.
At the end of camp each camper wrote a Pan to the Rebbe about their fabulous time over the summer and taking upon themselves hachlotas. A special program in honor of the 75th anniversary of Chov Av was held at camp. Every camper went home with a beautiful album of Rebbe pictures with some of them being Pirsum Rishon.
The children were spellbound by the general learning classes given by Rabbi Folly Dubov, who instilled Chassidishkeit in the campers throughout the duration of the camp in his unique way. The cook Yechiel Wilhelm got up at the end of camp and gave a fiery speech, that he would have never imagined after so many years that he would come back to CGI and how much it meant for him and how much he sees the campers growing throughout the summer.
Massive credit goes to the dedicated, energetic and devoted Head Counselors Dovid Leib Morosov and Mendel Deitsch and the Masmidim Division Head Counselor Mendel Chaikin together with their remarkable talented, and devoted counselors and also the Head Cook Rabbi Yechiel Wilhelm, his wife, the entire kitchen staff for preparing such gourmet food and Head staff for a summer that won’t be forgotten for a long time.