SEPTEMBER 2022

BEAR CREEK IN ALASKA IS 
UNTOUCHED AND UNTAMED
GO OFF THE BEATEN TRACK TO EXPERIENCE WILD, REMOTE, AND POWERFUL NATURE
LIKE NEVER BEFORE
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Bear Creek, Alaska

Katmai National Park belongs to one of the most bear dense places on earth. There are only a few places in the world where you can get this close to bears! During our trip, we go to the coast of Katmai National Park, more precisely to a place we call ”Bear Creek,” located in the southern part of the park. Not many visitors come to this area due to the remote location. The coastline of Katmai is certainly one of the best places in the world to photograph bears. 

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Tour Highlights
  • Private camp in the wild–set up just for us!

  • Personal photography guidance from our award-winning team of wildlife photographers.

  • An intimate group with only eight participants.

  • During one of the most beautiful times of the year.

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Your Tour Leaders
  • Roie Galitz - An award-winning wildlife photographer, entrepreneur, and educator. Ambassador for Nikon, DJI, Wix, and Greenpeace - Arctic and Antarctic.

  • Amit Eshel -​ An award-winning wildlife photographer, with amazing knowledge and love for the natural world.

  • With such extensive knowledge and unique style, a workshop with Amit and Roie will surely take your photography to the next level.

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Venture Into The Wild

Bear Creek is a great place for photographing and viewing the salmon-fishing grizzly bears. The scenery at Bear Creek is a spectacular sight, as the high mountains tower over the green valley. Our fixed tent camp near the bears hunting grounds bring us close to the action throughout our entire journey. Living in the field maximizes our photo opportunities, as we're constantly surrounded by bears, wolves and the Alaskan wildlife.

More Info

Dates:

24.9-4.10, 2022

17.9-27.9, 2022

 

Guided by: Roie Galitz / Amit Eshel

Cost: $6,980

DAILY ITINERARY

ONE HAPPY CAMPER GRANT


Generous grants for NEW campers are being offered by the Foundation for Jewish Camp and partnering Jewish organizations, such as PJ Library and various Jewish Federations. Visit www.OneHappyCamper.org to determine eligibility and apply - enter "Habonim Dror Camp Gilboa" for the camp you want to attend. These grants are NOT need-based. However, they are first-come-first-served, so apply now! One Happy Camper grants are sponsored by partnering Jewish Federations in Los Angeles, San Diego, San Francisco, and Palm Desert and PJ Library. If you live in a city that is not covered by one of these Jewish Federations and you are not part of PJ Lilbrary, Gilboa offers its own "Gilboa Happy Camper" grant. If you've applied via the One Happy Camper website and were told you are not eligible, contact us about the Gilboa Happy Camper grant eligibility. Call us at 323-653-6772 if you need help with the application.




GILBOA SCHOLARSHIP FUND


Camp Gilboa offers generous needs-based scholarships. Once enrolled, you will find the application on your CampInTouch account. Please submit your application by February 12, 2022. Applications will be accepted on a rolling basis after this date. Please review the following directions:

  • To find the application, please log back in to CampInTouch here.
  • Click on “Forms & Documents”
  • There you can complete the “Scholarship Application” form as well as attach the required IRS forms through the “IRS Form for Scholarship Application” form.
  • Please note: To upload documents through the “IRS Form for Scholarship Application” you will need to click on the “Upload” button to the right of the form.
  • You can see a summary of the required forms by clicking on “more info” next to the application button.
  • If you have questions, please contact our office at registrar@campgilboa.org before submitting your application.
**Reminder: there is no way to save progress and leave the application. If you leave the page without submitting you will have to start over. We are always available to assist with completing the application and finding the best financial solution for your family – please do not hesitate to call or email us to discuss options.




JEWISH FEDERATION AND COMMUNITY FUNDS SCHOLARSHIPS


Many Jewish Federations offer needs-based scholarships for camp. Each Federation has a different application deadline and process, so please call or email us for specific information about how to receive scholarships from your Federation. Additionally, there may be other Jewish Community funds or organizations in your area that offer scholarships - we recommend looking into your local Jewish Family Services (JFS.) These organizations are often looking to support single parents or families experiencing circumstances leading to financial hardship. Contact us for assistance in finding organizations in your area.




BRING A FRIEND DISCOUNT


Families who love Camp Gilboa and talk about it with others are the best asset we have in recruiting new campers. Because you’ve entrusted the care of your children to Gilboa, you’re making a statement to others who are considering doing the same.

When you bring friends to camp, you contribute to something you already believe in: getting kids to partake in a meaningful experience that strengthens their Jewish identity, sense of community, and desire to change the world. As an added benefit, any new camper you bring to camp means big discounts, making camp more affordable for your family.

Bring a Friend Discounts:

  • $150 off for each new camper family you bring!

  • Bring 5 new camper families and receive $1500 off your family's tuition!

We are here to help you – we can run an online info session for your friends and family, and include activities for the kids with our counselors.

Contact Elana if you’re interested in hosting a Gilboa info session!




ZERO INTEREST PAYMENT PLANS & LOANS


Southern California Residents: The Jewish Free Loan Association offers a loan specifically dedicated to helping Jewish families send their child/children away to summer camp. Loans on average are about $2000 per child. Learn more at www.jfla.org. Northern California residents: Hebrew Free Loan provides zero-cost and zero-interest loans for summer camp. Learn more at www.hflasf.org. GILBOA'S INTEREST FREE PAYMENT PLAN (Opt-In): We offer interest-free payment plans to make the cost of camp more manageable. Select your payment plan when you register.




SYNAGOGUE OR TEMPLE GRANT


Some synagogues and temples offer scholarships for members attending Jewish overnight summer camp. Ask your own synagogue leadership if they are able to provide assistance for your family.




SIBLING DISCOUNT (Automatically Applied)


If you register two or more children, you will receive a $100 discount on the 2nd and 3rd (or more) campers. We will automatically apply this discount to your account.





important information 

Cost includes:

  • Round Trip flights to Katmai National Park from Kodiak Island. 
  • Transportation from Kodiak Airport to the hotel of your choice.
  • Transportation from the hotel to the seaplane the day of departure, also transportation to the hotel at the return
  • On-site guides
  • All meals in the field
  • All necessary camping equipment except the sleeping bags.
  • Security equipment such as satellite phone, emergency beacon, first aid kit, electric fence

Not included:

  • Costs related to the days before and after the tour dates in the field.

  • Local hotel and meals in Anchorage and at Kodiak 

COST: $6,980

CANCELLATION

From registration to 100 days before departure – 80% refund.

From 99 to 60 days before departure – 50% refund.

From 59 days to 40 days to departure  – 20% refund.

From 39 days to departure – no refund. 

 

(Working days only)

 

We strongly recommend getting travel insurance that covers unexpected cancellations as well.

TRAVEL INSURANCE

You must purchase a comprehensive and extended insurance policy that covers all the activities during the trip you signed up for, including personal insurance, luggage, full medical coverage for adventure travel, including rescue from dangerous and remote places
Important note: Phototeva does not insure or provide insurance coverage for travelers or their equipment. Participants must purchase full insurance for all the usual and adventure activity expected on the trip, including accidents and medical insurance. The participants are responsible for purchasing the required insurance coverage. It is very important to take care of this as soon as possible. 

  • As in any trip, especially to such a remote destination whose infrastructure of tourism, transport, rescue, evacuation, and medical services are very poor, problems and injuries may occur. By signing up for this trip, the participant declares that he/she understands and accepts the expected and unexpected dangers that may occur and could cause serious injury and even worse and that his/her physical health and mental strength are sufficient for such a journey. The participants must sure that they have received all the information they need before embarking on the trip. ​

  • You must purchase a comprehensive and extended insurance policy that covers all the activities during the trip This includes personal insurance, baggage insurance, full adventure travel insurance, including medical evacuation from remote and dangerous areas, as well as trip cancellation insurance.  To be clear, Phototeva does not insure or provide insurance coverage for participants.

  • As with any trip, preparations are required, such as vaccinations. Phototeva cannot provide such information as it varies from person to person.​

  • This trip including staying in a private camp set up in the wild – conditions are Spartan.​

  • If the participant has a medical problem that may interfere with or prevent him/her from taking part in the various trip activities, he/she must notify the company before registration and tell the guide at the start of the trip. In some cases, you will be required to provide a doctor’s note from the attending physician in order to join the trip. Without this permission, you cannot participate.​

  • Visa is required. It is the responsibility of travelers to make sure it is obtained. Phototeva will not be responsible for the refusal of entry for visitors or even the entire group. The decision is made only by local authorities. ​

  • The trip is contingent upon a minimum number of participants. ​

  • Phototeva and the trip organizers cannot guarantee that you will see or photograph any particular animal. Nature is totally wild and there are many variables that can affect this.​

  • We are expected to walk 4-10 km a day - depending on the location of the bears. There may be smooth stones along the bank or need to cross the shallow river, and participants should be prepared accordingly in terms of footwear and clothing

  • The number of days in the camp may vary due to weather conditions - it may be necessary to shorten/extend a day or even several days, in case of weather that does not fit the flight to or from Kodiak.​

  • Changes and schedule delays may occur due to reasons including, but not limited to: extreme weather, animal location, mechanical faults, local government decision, and more. The final decision on the schedule will be determined by the training team. ​

  • In very rare cases, the instructor may be replaced before the start of the trip.​

  • In rare cases, Phototeva may cancel the trip at any stage and provide a refund.

NOTES

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About Alaka

Alaska is an exclave US state located in the northwest extremity of the United States West Coast. Despite being the largest US state, it has the most sparse population, making it a sanctuary for diverse wildlife. The pristine environment attracts an abundance of wildlife and offers us a unique opportunity to observe their beauty up close on our expedition into the land of the bears.  

Alaska Facts

  • Size: 1,717,856 km2

  - Land: ​1,481,346 km2

  - Water: 236,507 km2

  • Human Population: 710,249

  • Bear Population: 30,000

  • Temp. during stay: 0°-15°C / 32°-59°F

  • Capital: Juneau

  • United States of America