The Edot (Age Groups)
3rd & 4th Grade Program – Ilanot
Our youngest chalutzim (campers) experience all the activities Ramah in the Rockies has to offer! From horseback riding to farming, and from archery to mining, campers rotate through our most popular base camp chuggim (activities) each week. The fun doesn’t end there! Our Ilanot chalutzim also enjoy the magic of masa’ot (backcountry excursions) with day hikes, field trips, and camp outs at the far corners of our property. Ilanot lays the foundation for our chalutzim to become lifelong Ramahniks!
5th & 6th Grade Program – Metayalim
Rising 5th and 6th graders are ready to challenge themselves, and our program gives them that opportunity. While our Metayalim chalutzim continue to enjoy a wide sampling of our base camp offerings, they are also able to pursue their individual interests by choosing one of their daily chuggim (activities). Especially for our Metaylim chalutzim are rafting and/or backpacking masa’ot (backcountry excursions), which help prepare them for the longer masa’ot they’ll experience when they graduate to Solelim.
7th & 8th Grade Program – Solelim
The mountain’s call does not go unanswered for our 7th and 8th grade chalutzim! Backpacking, archery, rock climbing, mountain biking, and rafting are just some of the masa’ot (backcountry excursions) choices available. Lasting four days and three nights, our Solelim campers not only challenge themselves and hone their skills, but they also learn life lessons in overcoming adversity and learning how much they are able capable of achieving.
9th Grade Program – Bogrim
Bogrim campers are ready to take things to the next level with increased independence in pursuing program activities that excite them and allow them to truly customize their experience here at Ramah in Rockies. From selecting base camp chuggim (activities) and engaging in more in-depth backcountry skills, our 9th grade chalutzim establish firm foundations for their intensive, five day-four night masa’ot (backcountry excursions) that can take them kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, or backpacking. Starting in their Bogrim year, chalutzim must attend for a full four week session (IA+IB or IIA+IIB).
NEW! 10th Grade Program – Watch for Our Naming Contest!
In our new 10th grade program, chalutzim (campers) focus on their choice of a core base camp activity and develop serious backcountry skills. Spending half of the day in their ‘major,’ with campers choosing between activities such as biking, climbing, orienteering, and farming and the other half in a combination of backcountry skill-building, Jewish learning, and leadership development, our rising 10th graders will be ready for all that their two intensive masa’ot (backcountry excursions) have to offer them! Their first masa, which is determined by their major, brings the skills they acquired while at base camp fully to life as our campers are challenged – spiritually, physically, and mentally. On their second masa – backpacking – backcountry strengths are honed and expanded as our chalutzim are prepared for the next step – becoming mentors and leaders. Recognizing their growing role as future pathfinders, our 10th grade campers enjoy a later curfew and also have a dedicated moadon (hangout space) available to them. Successful completion of this edah is required in order to participate in our JOLI program.
11th & 12th Grade Program – JOLI
JOLI – the culmination of the Ramah in the Rockies experience – is a rigorous Jewish leadership program. Participants learn soft skills, such as leadership and communication practices, while further developing their hard skills, such as outdoor survival. Chalutzim (campers) divide their time between base camp programming and two six day masa’ot (backcountry excursions) – including an overnight solo – during which their skills are put to the test! Members of our JOLI program are not just campers, they are future counselors (madrichim) or specialists (mumchim). At base camp, they can put their increased knowledge to use as role models for our younger chalutzim. To learn even more about our JOLI program, click here.