At Ramah Outdoor Adventure, we pride ourselves on creating a counseling team made up of some of the finest counselors in the camping industry.  For the past three summers (we began staff training in 2009) we have assembled a group of relatively older counselors who are able to execute our camp’s mission and build intensive Jewish programming that relates to our camp’s core values.  After each of the past two summers, the compliment I heard most often from our chalutzim and parents was just how amazing our staff is and how they created a magical atmosphere where our chalutzim were able to thrive.  As we grow, we are committed to maintaining this extraordinary level of staffing and to hire only the most motivated and passionate of college and post college age counselors.

However, at the same time, we are beginning to experiment with what our program would look like if we hire a few younger staff members to be part of our staff team at base camp.  It is for this reason, that we are looking to hire one male and one female base camp intern to assist our Head  Tripper and to act as a third counselor with our youngest chalutzim.

Below this blog post is a job description of this position.  Please pass this along to any High School seniors who might be interested in becoming part of the Ramah Outdoor Adventure community.


Ramah Outdoor Adventure at Ramah in the Rockies is currently accepting applications for two individuals to serve as our inaugural Base Camp Interns during summer 2012.

Roles and Responsibilities:

n  Primary role:

  • Base camp interns will spend most of their days at our rustic 360 acre base camp assisting the head of the tripping program prepare gear, food and logistics for the numerous Massaot (out of camp excursions) on which our campers depart.

Secondary role:

  • Base camp interns will live with our youngest campers (Ilanot) as the third counselor in the cabin and assist the other counselors with all cabin responsibilities.  When the youngest campers leave for their own massaot, base camp interns will join them as a member of the counselor team.
  • Base camp interns will attend all Edah staff meetings and have additional responsibilities as assigned, like the other member of the Ramah Outdoor Adventure staff.


The ideal candidate:

  • Has extensive leadership abilities
  • Expects to graduate High School in the spring of 2012
  • Understands how to work as part of a team
  • Is self motivated and a creative problem solver
  • Maintains a strong Jewish identity and is able to convey their spiritual journey
  • Has prior experience living in the outdoors, preferably on extended backcountry trips.
  • Has prior camp experience (a plus, but not required)


Base camp interns are considered full members of the Ramah Outdoor Adventure staff.  They receive ongoing staff training and supervision from both the Ramah Outdoor Adventure staff trainer and the trip coordinator.

Base camp interns are invited to participate in the Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training to be held the week before staff week at the Ramah ranch.

Base camp interns are required to attend staff week training from June 10, 2012 to June 17, 2012.

Base camp interns will have a chance to practice their counseling skills throughout the summer as third counselors in the Ilanot cabins and on massaot with Ilanot campers.


Upon successful completion of camp, base camp interns receive an $1,100-$1,300 stipend depending on additional certifications and experience.  Up to an additional $300 is available for travel reimbursement.


Base camp interns are expected to arrive at the Ramah ranch on June 10, 2012 and remain in camp until August 15, 2012.

How to Apply:

Please send a letter of inquiry with a list of qualifications and relevant leadership activities to Rabbi Eliav Bock, camp director at eliavb <at>  Please write or call Rabbi Eliav with any questions about the program.  Interviews will begin in early December.