What’s New at Camp Ramah!
We sent this email out yesterday to all of our camp families.
Dear Camp Families and Friends,
We hope the school year has started off well for you. With the opening of our Summer, 2017 registration, we have some updates to share also.
We are enjoying reading the survey responses so far received and will be publishing results once we finish compiling them all. If you have not yet completed our survey and would like to give us the gift of feedback on your summer experience with us, please click here. Your responses to our surveys help us shape our program updates and changes for next summer.
Midah Tile Project
Throughout the summer, we told our campers about the new Midah Murals we will be creating around camp, using their artwork to fashion mosaics around their summer experiences. If you have not yet created a tile as a part of our Tile Project, it’s not too late to submit one! If you chose to create digital artwork, you can send that to us via email at email@example.com. Please read the full instructions on how to participate at ramahoutdoors.org/tileproject.
Registration and Program Updates
Registration for Kayitz 2017 has been open for a month now and we already have a number of registered campers. If you want to receive your super comfy Ramah fleece, please register before October 31st! While we still have room in all sessions and all bunks, we do expect to begin filling some by the end of September. To register now, please click here.
While we are using this time immediately after camp to still fully evaluate our 2016 program, we want to let you know about a few upcoming changes that might affect your registration choices. We hope these modifications for 2017 will improve the Ramah in the Rockies’ experience for all of our chalutzim (campers).
2-Week vs 4-Week Programs
Traditionally when our campers have arrived for their sessions, whether attending for two or four weeks, all of our older campers would spend over an hour “leveling” into (choosing) their electives at camp. While this is useful for our four-week campers, we realized that our two-week campers were passing over an hour choosing activities in which they would participate for a total of three hours in the following days at base camp. Additionally, our four week campers were not able to experience the full programmatic arc of our speciality programs because there were often two week campers transitioning either in or out of their activities.
To improve this system, we are making the following change for our 2017 programs: our two week campers (all ages) will travel to our different activities in camp as members of “mishpachot” (families). This will give our new and returning campers the opportunity to experience all that base camp has to offer in their two weeks with us. We think this will enable our two-week campers opportunities to do more activities while also creating a more communal feeling among our four-week campers.
Two and four week campers in our older age groups will continue to live in different, but adjacent, tents. Our rising 3/4th grade campers will continue to live in mixed tents, while most of our rising 5/6th grade campers will live in separate tents, unless our registration numbers warrant otherwise (likely in our August session).
Please note that our six-week campers will spend their four-week session as four-week campers and their two-week session with the different activities.
The goal of our JOLI (Jewish Outdoor Leadership Institute) program is to create future Jewish outdoor leaders. As such, the program is designed to push participants physically, spiritually, and mentally to take on new challenges and find new areas of growth. While our JOLI program is incredibly rewarding for those who complete it, it is not suitable for all rising 11th/12th graders.
For a number of years, we have required JOLI applicants new to our community to have an interview and complete essay questions. Because of this
process, these individuals have often been the best prepared because they fully understand the challenges that they are going to undertake while participating in JOLI. For our 2017 season, we will expand this intake procedure to include our Bogrim graduates wanting to join the JOLI program.
For those who have applied or will be applying to JOLI 2017, we will be sending information about interviews and essay questions, and will begin the interviewing process in early October. In the meantime, anyone who registers for JOLI 2017 will have a spot saved for them, but no one will be confirmed until after we decide, together, whether JOLI is a good fit for each applicant. (Don’t worry, anyone who registers prior to October 31, whether or not s/he has gone through the interview process will still receive a free Ramah in the Rockies fleece).
To read more about the program, please visit http://ramahoutdoors.org/about/joli/
We are currently re-evaluating our Tikvah program to figure out the best model for our camp and our participants.
We invite all of our current and potential Tikvah families to discuss their child and what type of program is the right fit for them with our former Tikvah Director, Elyssa Hammerman (firstname.lastname@example.org). Rabbi Eliav will be convening a group of stakeholders in the coming weeks to discuss the future trajectory of this program. If you would like to be part of this group, please be in touch with him directly.
In an effort to move the process of need-based financial aid along more efficiently, we are starting the application process three months earlier this year. Requests for financial aid are reviewed on a first-come, first-served basis. Families are encouraged to apply as soon as possible. If you have any questions, please visit ramahoutdoors.org/scholarships or email Douglas Wolf at email@example.com.