Family Camp 2017
Family Camp 2017: Join us for the Solar Eclipse!
Aug 18 to 22
Bring the folks! This summer, Ramah in the Rockies is offering a family camp program to share the wild adventures of summer camp with the whole family. Enjoy four days in our unique Jewish outdoor adventure community, and take advantage of the rare opportunity to view the spectacular solar eclipse from 8,000 feet in elevation! This is the first solar eclipse of the twenty first century, and the next one won’t occur for another seven years… so don’t miss it!!
Register now: Family Camp 2017 Registration
Please email Gabi Wasserman, Retreat Coordinator with any questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
Camper Tent – COST: $225/Adult (over 18), $125/Child (under 18)*
Families will have the option to stay in our camper tents. Families who choose this option will have their own spacious camper bunk for the duration of family camp. Camper tents come equipped with two full sized beds for adults and twin sized bunk beds for children. All camper tents are in close proximity to the bathhouse and shower-house. Families are responsible for bringing their own sleeping bags and linens for the camper tents.
Hotel-style room – COST: $425/Adult (over 18), $225/Child (under 18)*
Families also have the option to stay in our new Beit Kesher Retreat Center. Families who choose this option will be able to take advantage our Retreat Center amenities such as electricity, internet access, and a private in-suite bathroom. Each room will have two full sized beds for parents and twin sized mattresses will be provided for children to sleep on the floor. All linens will be provided for those choosing the Beit Kesher option.
*Childcare will be provided during the day for children under 2 years old at no additional cost.
Payment Methods: Ramah in the Rockies accepts two methods of payment: paper checks and Visa or Mastercard credit cards.
Please mail all paper checks to our winter office:
Ramah in the Rockies, Family Camp, 300 S. Dahlia Street | Suite 205 | Denver | Colorado| 80246
For families choosing to pay by check, we require FULL PAYMENT within thirty days of registration (or July 1, whichever comes first). There will be an option to pay via credit card online while registering. Please note any registration may be cancelled for any reason until March 1, 2017 with a complete refund of deposit and registration fee.
Families should arrive at camp between 3:00pm and 5:00pm on Friday. Just ask any camper or staff member and they will tell you Shabbat is their favorite time at camp. Clean and dressed in a nice white shirt or blouse, we will assemble for ice breakers, Israeli dancing, and then a spirited Kabbalat Shabbat service. Dinner is a delicious meal accompanied by an abundance of singing and laughter. Following dinner and after the kiddies are in bed, adults will gather for a special oneg filled with more singing, food, and storytelling.
Shabbat morning begins with services and an optional Limmud. Shabbat afternoon is laid back with food, fun programs, and plenty of free time to hike, play basketball, read a book, and relax in a beautiful mountain setting. Saturday evening, just after the sun sets, the entire camp gathers for singing and a special Havdallah service followed by more Israeli dancing.
On Sunday, families will begin the day with an incredible t’fillah service on one of the surrounding mountains. The rest of the day, families will get to experience the more traditional camp activities at Ramah in the Rockies such as hiking, mountain biking, rock climbing, and horseback riding. After a day full of exertion, we will gather after dinner for a relaxed and fun bonfire which will include singing, stories, and tasty snacks.
On Monday, families will have another opportunity to try some of our classic camp activities like biking, climbing, and arts and crafts. In the afternoon, we have the rare opportunity to view the solar eclipse from 8,000 feet! (we expect to have a 90% solar eclipse based on our location) We will have a special eclipse-themed program all afternoon, and we will gather together right before dinner to see the peak of the eclipse. After dinner, the children will have the opportunity to play capture the flag, and the adults will join for an evening coffee house.
On Tuesday morning, we will join together for breakfast, t’fillah, and the conclusion of Family Camp. Families will then be able to leave in their own cars or choose to ride in the shuttle to Denver.
Families can either drive themselves to camp (specific driving directions will be available upon registration) or fly into Denver International Airport (DEN) on Friday, August 18th, 2017.
Families who fly must arrive with enough time to meet Ramah in the Rockies staff at baggage claim #10 by 1:00pm.
Transportation will then be provided from Denver International Airport to camp. The ride up to camp is about 2 hours. Please keep out a sweatshirt as mountain weather can change in an instant, and make sure you fill your water bottle before entering the bus. Dehydration at 8,000 ft can be a serious issue, and staying hydrated is extremely important. Feel free to buy snacks in the airport but keep in mind we are a strictly kosher, nut-free, facility.
The airport bus will arrive at camp around 4:00 pm and families who plan to drive should arrive no later than 5:00 pm.
Families will gather Tuesday morning for breakfast, t’fillah, and a short concluding program.
The airport shuttle will depart camp around 9:00am, shortly after breakfast on Thursday. We expect the airport shuttle to arrive at Denver International Airport no later than 12:00pm, so families should plan accordingly. We cannot guarantee you will make any flight before 1:30pm on departure day.
For four days at our alpine ranch, we recommend bringing the following items:
- 5-6 pairs of socks (at least 2 pairs of quick-dry)
- 2-3 pairs of athletic shorts
- 1 pair of pants (pants required for horseback riding)
- 5-6 pairs of underwear
- 4 comfortable shirts for active days
- 1 pair of athletic shoes for day use around camp
- 1 pair of shower shoes (i.e flip flops or crocs)
- 1 pair of Shabbat shoes (optional)
- Hiking boots (optional)
On Shabbat families are encouraged to wear a white shirt or blouse and nice slacks. It is also customary to wear nicer shoes or sandals.
- Rain Jacket
- Light Fleece Jacket (for chilly evenings)
- Kippah (required for men, encouraged for women)
- Tallit & T’fillin (optional)
- Sleeping Bag: Even summer nights can drop below 40 degrees in the mountains, so please plan accordingly. Most campers bring sleeping bags rated 20 degrees or below.
- Bikes/Personal Gear (optional): All equipment will be provided, however you are welcome to bring personal bikes and other gear if you prefer.
- Water bottles: We recommend bringing at least 2 liters of water. Generally two nalgene bottles or a camel-back is sufficient. Everyone carries their water bottles around camp throughout the day to stay hydrated, which is extremely important at higher elevations.
- Other: Although we try to light camp at night with solar-powered path lighting and spot lights some corners can be quite dark, so we recommend a headlamp or flashlight.