When one our campers fine lice or nits in his/her hair, we will immediately begin our Lice Prevention Policies and Procedures as outlined in

Prevention and treatment of lice is best accomplished when both home and camp are working together. In the past, we at Camp Gan Israel have been very successful in preventing a mass outbreak, and we look forward to working together to isolate this annoying pest as much as possible.

What we will do to help?

Each morning, our staff will inspect the heads of the children before they enter the bunk for at least two weeks after the last untreated nit/louse is found. 

Please allow for a few extra minutes when dropping off the children, as this will take some time. No camper with nits in his/her hair will be allowed to stay in camp, unless a dermatologist confirms that the nits are in fact not alive. We will pay extra attention to cleaning rugs and toys that can transfer lice. (And be very thankful that we have no carpets to clean (yay!). What can you do to help? Educate yourself.


Clean bedding, carseats, couches, carpets. Check regularly for lice, be aware of itching heads (although we all started itching when we started to read the email...). Keep long hair in a pony tail. Keep us informed. Thanks for your patience and cooperation. Head Lice Pediculosis (head lice) is not a threat to health but can be a nuisance. Control of head lice is a shared responsibility of both parents and the camp. 

Parents can help limit the problem by checking their child's head regularly, treating the lice if found, and notifying the camp. The camp will notify parents if lice is suspected in a bunk. If you are having difficulty treating head lice, you may be referred to a public health professional.

If lice are found on a child, the following steps and procedures will be followed:

1. Children with live lice or untreated eggs/nits will be sent home and not permitted back into the bunk until 24 hours after treatment with an insecticide. Herbal or botanical treatments are not sufficient.

2. After treatment, a no-nit policy will be enforced. Since properly treated nits/eggs are dead and will not spread lice, campers with treated nits/eggs may be admitted with a note from a dermatologist confirming that the nits are indeed dead.

3. Camp faculty will inspect children's heads every few weeks. In the event of an outbreak, children will be inspected every morning before entering the bunk for at least two weeks after all known lice have been treated. --