I had planned to devote this week’s blog post to talking about some of our “green” initiatives.  Rest assured, that post will appear in the coming weeks.  But we have some exciting news hot off the press that I wanted to share instead.  Below is a letter we just sent to our parents and staff members:

Dear Ramah Outdoor Adventure families:

As we begin the countdown to camp (we open in under 100 days), we have been pleasantly surprised by the response to our two week camping sessions for 5-8th graders during session II.  To date, some of tents are filled while others have a few remaining spots. We have chalutzim (campers) coming from throughout the country and as far away as Israel.  We are planning a phenomenal program for them.

Due to our unexpectedly high enrollment during second session, we have decided to open up two additional 7/8th grade bunks (one for boys & one for girls) for two week camping in our first session. (we previously announced two week camping options for our 5/6th graders) Therefore, starting today, entering 5-8th graders who want to come to Ramah Outdoor Adventure now have six registration options:

  • IA – first two weeks of session I (June 19-July 2)
  • IB – second two weeks of session I (July 3-16)
  • IA&IB (June 19-July 16)
  • IIA – first two weeks of session II (July 18-July 31)
  • IIB – second two weeks of session II (Aug 1-14)
  • IIA & IIB (July 18-August 14)

We continue to receive anecdotal evidence from our initial summers that as chalutzim age into our program, they receive more lasting benefits by being in a four week program over a two week program, and the four week program remains available to all campers in the first and second sessions (space permitting).

Our two week programs for 5-8th graders in the first session will be the mirror of the two week programs in the second session.  We will program for a month long session knowing that about half of the chalutzim will be staying for four weeks and half will be present for only two.  The first week of each session will take place at the base camp, where chalutzim will engage in a variety of base camp activities including mountain biking, horseback riding, wilderness survival, nature arts and crafts and much more.  On the second and fourth weeks of the session, chalutzim will have the opportunity to leave camp on their Massaot excursions.

If your child is registered for two weeks in session II, and you would like to now move him/her to the first session, please be in touch with our registrar, Sandra Yaron,Sandray@ramahoutdoors.org or email me directly eliavb@ramahoutdoors.org.  There is no charge for switching sessions.