What Happens at Camp?

Ramah in the Rockies is your chance to form lasting friendships, challenge yourself in a safe environment, and experience exciting adventure activities, all in the heart of the Rocky Mountains!

  • Hike breathtaking mountain passes
  • Forge deep river canyons
  • Ride through picturesque alpine meadows
  • Climb soaring rugged cliffs
  • Restore and rescue natural forest habitats
  • Bike mountain paths

Ramah in the Rockies will guide you toward discovering the beauty of the outdoors where each week, we join together as one community to celebrate the traditions, spirituality and peace of Shabbat. Ramah in the Rockies blends the best of outdoor adventure camps and larger traditional camps. Our older chalutzim (7th to 10th grades and JOLI – 11th and 12th grades) spend a significant amount of time out on the trail honing their adventure skills in small groups as well as time at base camp learning a variety of skills and becoming a part of a much larger community. Our younger (3rd to 6th grades) chalutzim spend most of their time at base camp, and also venture off of the ranch for overnights and rafting trips. All Shabbatot are spent at base camp as part of the larger community. Base camp activities include:

  • Climbing
  • Horseback riding
  • Bike riding
  • Mining
  • Duathlon training
  • Sports activities
  • Wilderness survival
  • Archery
  • Orienteering
  • Farming and Animal Care
  • Zumba
  • Frolf (Frisbee Golf)
  • And More…

This is a typical schedule for base camp:

7:00 am Kimah (Wake Up)
7:30 – 8:30 Shmirat HaGuf (caring for our bodies, morning exercise) and T’ffilot (caring for our souls, morning prayers)
8:40 – 9:50 Breakfast & Bunk Clean-Up
10:00 – 11:00 Activity A (Activities may include: horseback riding, wilderness survival, mountain biking, ropes course/rock climbing, camping skills, wilderness arts & crafts, frisbee golf, orienteering, archery, mining, aerobics, duathlon training, sports service projects & more)
11:10 – 12:20 pm Activity B (Activities may include: horseback riding, wilderness survival, mountain biking, ropes course/rock climbing, camping skills, wilderness arts & crafts, frisbee golf, orienteering, archery, mining, aerobics, duathlon training, sports service projects & more)
12:30 – 1:25 Lunch & Shira (Song Session)
1:30 – 2:30 Sha’at Minucha (Rest Hour)
2:40 – 3:50 Edah learning/ projects
4:00 – 5:10 Activity C (Activities may include: horseback riding, frisbee golf, wilderness survival, mountain biking, ropes course/rock climbing, camping skills, wilderness arts & crafts, orienteering, archery, mining, aerobics, duathlon training, sports service projects & more)
5:10 – 5:35 Michtav u’ Miklachat (Letter writing and shower time)
5:45 – 5:55 Mifgash- A camp-wide gathering to reflect on the day, share announcements, sing our camp song, and have a fun dance
6:00 – 7:00 Dinner
7:15 – 8:00 Peulat Erev (Evening Program)
8:00 – 8:30 Laila Tov Preperation and Harga’ah (calming activity)
8:30 pm Laila Tov  (Good Night)

Grades 3-6

Ilanot (3rd and 4th grades) Metaylim (5th and 6th grades) Registration | Camp FAQ Our program for younger chalutzim (3rd to 6th grades) is designed to give chalutzim a taste of all that camp life has to offer in our range of adventure programming. By experiencing all of our base camp offerings at least once, younger chalutzim will begin to discover the magic of adventure and traveling through each activity together allows for the creation of tight bonds and friendships between campers.  Younger chalutzim also venture off the ranch on a full day excursions and an overnight trip in the surrounding wilderness areas. Please check our Dates and Rates for updated availability.

Grades 7-10

Sollelim (7th and 8th grades) Bogrim (9th and 10th grades) Registration | Camp FAQ Our older chalutzim (7th to 10th grades) spend a significant amount of time out on the trail in small groups honing their outdoor skills, and time at base camp engaging in our myriad of activities. All Shabbat experiences are spent at base camp as part of the larger Ramah community. Each session begins with a few days at base camp, where chalutzim acclimate to the elevation and have a chance to engage in a few base camp activities followed by a spirited Shabbat. Early the next week, older chalutzim leave base camp on extended excursions focused on the program area of their choosing such as hiking, mountain biking & rafting, or rock climbing. Chalutzim return to base camp on Friday and spend the next week engaged in programs at base camp Please check our Dates and Rates for updated availability.

New star stickerAt base camp, our two-week chalutzim will travel in “family groups” trying out the different base camp activities that we offer. They will live in an ohel (tent) with other two week campers, and will participate in t’fillot (prayer experiences) and evening activities with their four-week counterparts. Their masa’ot (backcountry excursions) will also be with their four-week peers.

Four-week campers will be able to chose several base camp activities in which they want to specialize throughout the four week session.  They will live in an ohel with other 4 week campers. Their masa’ot, t’fillot, and peulot (evening activities) will be shared with their two-week peers.

Dates and Rates

Register before December 15 to receive a $50 discount off a two-week session and a $100 discount off a four-week session.

Two-Week Options, Grades 3-10 (except 2B)
Session 1A June 19 – July 3 $2,600

 

Session 1B July 4 – 17
Session 2A July 20 – August 3
Session 2B

(Grades 3-8)

August 3 – 15
Four-Week Options, Grades 3-6 & 7-10
Session 1 June 19 – July 17 $4,800

 

Session 2 July 20 – August 15

Register before December 15 to receive a $50 discount off a two-week session and a $100 discount off a four-week session.

On Excursion…

Days out on the trail begin with the sunrise. The group will prepare breakfast and spend some time engaged in traditional or alternative prayer experiences. Throughout the camping experience, our madrichim will lead the group in teaching wilderness skills, integrating Judaism and its connection to nature, and engaging in group bonding activities. Each excursion is unique: campers may be hiking for eight hours a day and others might spend four hours learning to set up a top-rope course before practicing rappelling or climbing. The goal of our excursions is to master skill sets that chalutzim can take home and apply in their own life and on their own adventures. There is no such thing as a typical schedule while on excursions. On excursions, chalutzim have instinctive opportunities to live out our mission: learning respect for wildlife (Kavod), enjoying the breathtaking Colorado landscapes (Simcha), growing their skills in the backcountry (Growth), and forming bonds with their trail group (Connection).  These opportunities provide campers a chance to take a journey of discovery- to go beyond expectations, to realize new strengths, and to be resourceful and courageous. Excursions include (depending on the age of participant):

  • Kayaking  & whitewater rafting
  • Biking
  • Rock climbing
  • Hiking & backpacking
  • Farming
  • Service learning

Our four-week session includes at least two extended excursions for the older chalutzim (four to six days, depending on the age group). Our two-week sessions includes at least one extended excursion for chalutzim entering grades 5-10 and an overnight for our younger chalutzim. The excursion offerings for the younger chalutzim range from overnight rafting trips to day trips to our neighbor’s Buffalo Ranch.