What Happens at Camp?
Ramah in the Rockies blends the best of outdoor adventure camps and larger, traditional camps. During the week, our younger chalutzim (3rd to 6th grades) spend most of their time at base camp, and some of their time on overnights and rafting trips. 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. At the end of each week, we join together at base camp as one community to celebrate the traditions, spirituality and peace of Shabbat.
Masa (excursion) highlights include:
- Hiking through breathtaking mountain passes
- Forging through deep river canyons
- Riding through picturesque alpine meadows
- Climbing rugged cliffs
- Restoring and rescuing natural forest habitats
- Biking mountain paths
Base camp activities include:
- Horseback riding
- Bike riding
- Duathlon training
- Sports activities
- Wilderness survival
- Farming and Animal Care
- 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)|
To learn more about the different edot (age groups), click here!
At 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 (tent) with other 4 week campers. Their masa’ot, t’fillot, and peulot (evening activities) will be shared with their two-week peers.
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. There is no such thing as a typical schedule while on excursions. Each excursion is unique: some campers may be hiking for eight hours and others might spend four hours learning to set up a top-rope course before practicing rappelling or climbing.
On excursions, chalutzim will master skill sets that they can take home and apply in their own lives and their own adventures. These trips off the ranch provide chalutzim with the opportunity to live out our mission learning respect for wildlife (Kavod), enjoying the breathtaking Colorado landscapes (Simcha), improving skills in the backcountry (Personal Growth), and forming bonds with their trail group (Connection). Campers are provided with 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
- Rock climbing
- Hiking & backpacking
- 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 5-8 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.