Frequently Asked Questions
You probably have tons of questions about
Israel Extreme Adventure Camp (IEAC)!
We’ll provide you all of the details you need before the summer,
but here is some information to help you get started.
Q: Who are the counselors/staff?
A: IEAC is staffed by experienced counselors (madrichim) with proven leadership capabilities. Not only are they counselors, but they also act as role models and educators. They have all been hand-picked for their excellent interpersonal skills and patience, and are all ex-special forces soldiers.
The camp staff at IEAC, as well as the logistical and administrative staff, consists of adults aged 21-55, with background and extensive experience in education with youth from Israel and from overseas. During the year, our madrichimwork as tour guides, offering once-in-a-lifetime adventures that are the highlight of our clients’ experience in Israel.
In addition, all of our staff speak at least two languages (English and Hebrew); and are professional, caring, educators! We promise you that they will offer each of your children an amazing two weeks, which we promise will be the highlight of their summer and more!
Q: Where are most campers from?
A: Our camp is intended for English speaking teens. They may come from anywhere in the world, including Israel.
Q: When is the deadline for applying?
A: We encourage you to apply as soon as possible so you may be guaranteed a spot. There is an early bird discount of $300 if you enroll by February 5, 2017.
Q: What does Israel Extreme Adventure Camp include in the price?
A: The fee includes: Accommodations, transportation, meals, snacks, beverages, activity costs, all technical equipment, and entrance fees. It does not include airfare and spending money. In addition, each camper is required to purchase a medical insurance policy which will cover them during their time at camp.
Q: What is your approach to safety and security?
A: IEAC holds the group’s safety and security as their highest priority. We treat each and every camper and staff member like a member of our own family. The safety and security of our campers always comes first. Therefore, we always plan our itineraries to avoid areas of concern.
In addition, every camper is provided with telephone numbers of all Camp office personnel and staff who can be contacted 24/7. Parents are provided with the same numbers.
IEAC is located in a safe and protected area, far from any area of conflict, based in Tzfat with meticulous and orderly safety regulations.
IEAC staff will prevent any camper from participating in any activity that endangers his or her safety and/or disregards any of the safety regulations.
The camp is staffed 24 hours a day by people trained and licensed to deal with issues of safety, security, and health (a medic is on location 24 hours a day).
Our staff are monitoring Israel’s security situation on an ongoing basis and our entire staff is prepared to act quickly to alter plans if the need arises. As well, IEAC staff are in ongoing contact with the security agencies overseeing student and tourist travel in Israel.
We ensure participant safety by:
- Coordinating all tours with the proper authorities.
- Conducting all tours in safe and secluded areas away from centers of conflict.
- Including security and first-aid responders on all tours.
- Providing each participant with a 24/7 emergency contact number.
- Using private transportation for all tours.
Q: What is the food/kashrut standards like?
A: Three delicious, healthy and nutritious kosher meals are served daily. In addition, snacks and beverages are served throughout the day and evening. All food that we serve is kosher under the supervision of the Chief Rabbinate of Israel (Harabanut Harashit L’Yisrael).
Q: Can you accommodate special dietary needs?
A: Please indicate on the registration form if you have any dietary or health concerns, and our staff will be in touch with you to discuss your particular needs.
Q: Does Israel Extreme Adventure Camp offer discounts?
A: IEAC offers the following discounts:
- Early Bird Discount: SAVE $300! – By registering before February 5, 2017, or a $500 credit towards your next tour with Israel Extreme, to use within the next 20 months.SAVE another $30! – If you pay in full at registration, or a $60 credit towards your next tour with Israel Extreme, to use within the next 20 months.
- *$150 Sibling Discount: off each additional child registered, or a $300 credit towards your next tour with Israel Extreme, to use within the next 20 months.
- *$250 Refer a Friend Discount: if you refer a friend and they register, you receive $200 off, or a $350 credit towards your next tour with Israel Extreme, to use within the next 20 months.
Q: When is a good time to apply for or renew a passport?
A: Right now. Check your passport as soon as possible to make certain it will be valid for this summer and for a minimum of six months after the program begins, as required. If you do not have a passport or if you need to renew your current passport, it is important to do so as soon as possible. Passport delivery takes approximately six weeks, but may take up to four months during peak travel seasons.
Q: Will there be a staff member at Ben Gurion Airport to meet campers when they arrive?
A: Yes. Someone will be meeting each camper at their arrival gate. Prior to booking any flights please confirm the details with the Israel Extreme office to be certain that we can have someone be there.
Q: Will you assist me with flight arrangements?
A: Yes, we will be more than happy to. Just let us know.
Q: What happens if I need to leave the program early?
A: We can usually accommodate you, however, leaving early does not necessarily reduce the price of the program. Please give us a call to discuss your situation before completing the registration. Additionally, there may be a fee to arrange for transportation.
Q: Do I need particular technical skills or experience?
A: No. Whatever you need to know will be taught to you by our staff.
Q: Do I need to be in good physical shape?
A: IEAC is an adventurous, exciting program that includes hiking and physical activities. Campers need to be in good health, motivated, excited to participate, and have no physical limitations.
Q: What do I need to know to prepare for the Israel Extreme Adventure Camp experience?
A: All registered campers will receive detailed information before the start of the program. If you have any questions or concerns before that, we will be more than happy to speak with you.
Q: What will the weather be like?
A: The summer in Israel is hot. For that reason we choose to base our camp, and most of our activities, in the green, lush north, where the temperatures are more comfortable. Tours will be appropriate for the weather, and will include water hikes and caving to keep you cool!
Q: What if I need medical care?
A: Our priority will always be the health and well-being of your child. A local physician or other health care provider, recommended by Israel Extreme, will treat your child for routine non-emergency medical conditions. Additionally, a medic is on location 24 hours a day, and staff are trained and authorized to deal with issues of safety, security, and health. Each camper is required to purchase their own medical insurance policy to cover unforeseen medical expenses.
Q: Does IEAC provide health insurance?
A: While IEAC is insured, every camper is required to purchase their a local medical insurance policy for the duration of our program. We offer a student and travel health insurance policy that may be purchased at a reasonable price.
Q: What if I’m taking medication?
A. IEAC will do everything possible within the context of a camp to accommodate campers with medical conditions that may require medications. Please give us a call to discuss your circumstances. All inquiries and information shared will always be kept strictly confidential.
Q: Do I need spending money?
A: Spending money for miscellaneous items such as gifts and souvenirs, is not included in the tuition cost, so feel free to bring spending money with you.
Q: Can you provide me with references?
A: Certainly, if joining Israel Extreme Adventure Camp sounds great, but you would really like to speak with one of our clients first, we would be happy to make the connection. Just give us a call or send us an email.
Q: Is the camp for me if I’m not religious?
A: Yes! Israel Extreme’s Adventure Camp is religiously pluralistic and welcomes those from all streams of Judaism. Our program strives to provide each camper with a strong Jewish identity while making sure each participant is comfortable regardless of their background. We are not affiliated with any religious movement, however, we do keep Shabbat and ask that all campers respect that we do, even though we don’t ask or expect the campers to.
Q: How can I get more information even if I am not ready to apply?
Q: How can I apply?
A: In order for your application to be considered complete, you must:
1) Submit all forms with all questions answered completely and honestly found here: documents and forms.
2) Send a photocopy of the camper’s passport via email to info(at)Israel-Extreme.com , or by fax at +972-4-688-0800 from outside Israel, or at 04-688-0800 from within Israel.
3) Send a non-refundable 13% deposit to reserve your child’s place in camp. Payment may be made via credit card or bank transfer.