Welcome to Camp!
Welcome to Ramah in the Rockies, the only Kosher outdoor adventure camp in the country with an intensive Jewish program!
At our machane (camp), we strive to nurture the character development of Jewish youth by providing them the opportunity to challenge themselves physically, intellectually, and spiritually. We hope you’ll take some time to explore our website and discover what makes our kehillah kedoshah (holy community) such a special place!
Ramah in the Rockies is a 360-acre ranch nestled in the pristine Pike and San Isabel National Forests. At an elevation of 8,000 feet, the ranch is surrounded by magnificent towering mountain peaks with three mountain-fed streams running through its center. For more information about our site and facilities, click here!
Only 90 minutes from Denver and two hours from Denver International Airport (DIA) – we are able to welcome campers from every corner of the United States as well as Israel, Mexico, and beyond! Click here for more information about traveling to camp.
During their time at the Ramah in the Rockies Ranch, which we refer to as “base camp,” chalutzim (campers) participate in a variety of outdoor adventure opportunities such as rock climbing and mountain biking, as well as more traditional camp activities like arts and crafts, sports, and archery.
While at base camp, our chalutzim enjoy meals together as a community, participate in daily t’ffilot (prayers) and Jewish learning, and forge connections with their peers through a variety of programming options. We also make time for shira (song session) and rikkud (Israeli dancing) as often as possible!
At base camp, campers live in big wall cabin tents with up to 14 campers and 2 staff members. Campers sleep on sturdy wooden bunk beds. Our beautiful bathhouses provide flush toilets and hot showers just a few steps from the tents.
At Ramah in the Rockies, our campers participate in masa’ot, or backcountry excursions, every other week! While our youngest chalutzim start small with an overnight camping experience, older campers spend three, four, or five days exploring the Colorado backcountry!
Masa is an opportunity for campers to hone their outdoor skills, challenge themselves, and connect with a new group of friends! And with options ranging from rock climbing to white water rafting to night navigation, every camper is sure to have an unforgettable adventure.
Each masa is unique: some chalutzim may be backpacking for eight hours a day, while others spend four hours learning to set up a top-rope course before practicing rappelling or climbing. However, no matter which masa they participate in, all of our campers return to base camp dirty, smiling, and confident in themselves and their ability to conquer life’s challenges!
Learn more about Masa’ot at Ramah in the Rockies.
Judaism at Camp
Camp is a laboratory for joyful Jewish living and learning.
While at camp, chalutzim participate in t’fillot (prayers) each morning. We provide the option of a full, traditional shachrit every day, and we also provide opportunities for Jewish connection through a variety of alternative t’fillot. Art, nature, music, or yoga-based options allow our campers to think about and connect to Jewish prayer in a new way!
Celebrating Shabbat is undoubtedly the highlight of each week at Ramah in the Rockies. Our whole kehillah (community) comes together to sing, dance, and welcome Shabbat! On Saturdays, we provide a variety of t’fillah and Jewish learning options for campers of all ages, as well as special sporting events and activities such as Ramahcappella and Sha-poetry. Havdallah and an Israeli dance party concludes the Shabbat festivities and prepares us for a joyous new week!
We also encourage Jewish connection at camp through the use of Hebrew and developing a love for Israel. Certain Hebrew terms are part of our daily routine, and our campers pick them up in no time.
Interested in Learning More?
If you’d like to learn more about camp, click here for information about our info sessions, which we offer both in-person and online, take a look at our frequently asked questions, or give us a call at (303) 261-8214!
Ramah in the Rockies blends the best of the outdoor adventure camp model with all of the classic activities found at larger, more traditional camps. During the week, our younger campers (3rd to 6th grades) spend most of their time at base camp, and some of their time on overnight and rafting trips.
Our older campers (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 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 (backcountry excursion)
- Hiking through breathtaking mountain passes
- Forging through deep river canyons
- Climbing rugged cliffs
- 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)|
|7:40 – 8:20 AM||Breakfast! Fueling our bodies for the day|
|8:30 – 9:15 AM||Shmirat HaGuf (caring for our bodies, morning exercise) and T’ffilot (caring for our souls, morning prayers)|
|9:15 – 9:30 AM||Morning Prep – filling water bottles, applying sunscreen|
|9:40 – 10:40 AM||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)|
|10:50 – 11:50 AM||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)|
|12:00 – 12:50 PM||Lunch & Shira (Song Session)|
|1:00 – 2:20 PM||Sha’at Minucha (Rest Hour) and Nikayon (Bunk Cleaning)|
|2:30 – 3:20 PM||Edah learning/ projects and Snack|
|3:30 – 4:20 PM||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)|
|4:30 – 5:20 PM||Activity D (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)|
|5:20 – 5:50 PM||Michtav u’ Miklachat (Letter writing and Shower time)|
|6:00- 6:50 PM||Dinner & Rikkud (Dancing)|
|7:00 – 7:50 PM||Peulat Erev (Evening Program)|
|8:00 – 8:30 PM||Laila Tov Preparation|
|8:30 – 9:00 PM||Harga’ah (Calming Activity) & Laila Tov (Good Night)|
At base camp, our two-week chalutzim (campers) 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 (counselors) will integrate Judaism and its connection to nature, lead the group in wilderness skill-building, and facilitate 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.
(depending on the age of participant):
Kayaking & whitewater rafting
Hiking & backpacking
Our four-week session includes two extended excursions for the older chalutzim (threeto five days, depending on the age group). Our two-week sessions includes one extended excursion for chalutzim entering grades 5-8 and an overnight for our younger chalutzim.
Ramah in the Rockies is a 360-acre ranch nestled in the pristine Pike and San Isabel National Forests. Located 90 minutes from Denver at an elevation of 8,000 feet, the ranch is surrounded by magnificent towering mountain peaks with three mountain-fed streams running through its center. We have on-site natural climbing walls, horse stables, numerous fields for sports, and hundreds of lush, verdant acres for our chalutzim (campers) to safely explore every day.
All Ramah in the Rockies sleeping facilities are rustic and solidly built to withstand the elements. A maximum of 14 chalutzim and two madrichim (counselors) share a large walled, platform tent. The tents are arranged around communal showers and toilet facilities. Our whole community eats together in a shared dining hall, which was completed in 2021!
Edot / age groups
Click here for information about our Inclusion Program, which is available for eligible campers of any age.
2nd – 4th Grade
“Taste of Ramah” Program
Throughout this four day, three night experience campers will try our most popular chuggim (activities), embark on a mini daytime masa (backcountry excursion), and participate in all the fun of daily life at camp – from living in an ohel (tent) to bonding with their bunkmates and counselors!
Session I Session II
July 1 – 4 July 22 – 25
Tuition: $325 (includes transportation to/from Denver)
Ta’am Ramah is an overnight program lasting four days and three nights – just enough time for your future camper to get a taste of Ramah in the Rockies and discover if our camp is the right fit!
For your convenience, a bus will shuttle campers from the Hebrew Education Alliance (HEA) in Denver to our 360 acre alpine ranch in the heart of Pike National Forest. Upon arrival, your child will be welcomed by their counselors, settle into their ohel (tent), and get to know their bunkmates.
Contact Stacy Wasserman at email@example.com for more information and to get on our priority list.
3rd & 4th Grade
Program – Ilanot
Our youngest chalutzim (campers) experience all the activities Ramah in the Rockies has to offer! From horseback riding to farming, and from archery to mining, campers rotate through our most popular base camp chuggim (activities) each week. The fun doesn’t end there!
Our Ilanot chalutzim also enjoy the magic of masa’ot (backcountry excursions) with day hikes, field trips, and campouts at the far corners of our property. Ilanot lays the foundation for our chalutzim to become lifelong Ramahniks!
5th & 6th Grade
Program – Metayalim
2 & 4 Week 7th Grade and 2 Week 8th Grade
Program – Solelim
The mountain’s call does not go unanswered for our 7th and 8th grade chalutzim!
Our 7th, and 8th grade chalutzim who attend camp for two weeks get a taste of our full program, with an increased focus on the connections built within their bunk community. Our four week campers customize their own schedule with their own chug choices and selection of masa.
Backpacking, archery, rock climbing, mountain biking, and rafting are just some of the masa’ot (backcountry excursions) choices available. Lasting four days and three nights, our Solelim campers not only challenge themselves and hone their skills, but they also learn life lessons in overcoming adversity and learning how much they are able capable of achieving.
4 Week 8th Grade & 9th Grade
Program – Bogrim
Bogrim campers are ready to take things to the next level with increased independence in pursuing program activities that excite them and allow them to truly customize their experience here at Ramah in Rockies. From selecting base camp chuggim (activities) and engaging in more in-depth backcountry skills, our 8th & 9th grade chalutzim establish firm foundations for their intensive, five-day/ four-night masa’ot (backcountry excursions) that can take them kayaking, mountain biking, climbing, or backpacking.
Program – Sayarim
In our 10th grade program, chalutzim (campers) focus on their choice of a core base camp activity and develop serious backcountry skills. Spending half of the day in their ‘major,’ with campers choosing between activities such as biking, climbing, orienteering, and farming and the other half in a combination of backcountry skill-building, Jewish learning, and leadership development, our rising 10th graders will be ready for all that their two intensive masa’ot (backcountry excursions) have to offer them! One masa is determined by their major, brings the skills they acquired while at base camp fully to life as our campers are challenged – spiritually, physically, and mentally. Theirsecond masa – backpacking – backcountry strengths are honed and expanded as our chalutzim are prepared for the next step – becoming mentors and leaders.
Recognizing their growing role as future pathfinders, our 10th grade campers enjoy a later curfew and also have a dedicated moadon (hangout space) available to them…
Program – JOLI
JOLI – the culmination of the Ramah in the Rockies experience is a rigorous Jewish leadership program. Participants learn soft skills, such as leadership and communication practices, while further developing their hard skills, such as outdoor survival. Chalutzim (campers) divide their time between base camp programming, serving as counselors-in-training for younger chalutzim, and a five day masa (backcountry excursion) – including a solo – during which their skills are put to the test!
Members of our JOLI program are not just campers, they are future counselors (madrichim) and specialists (mumchim). At base camp, they can put their increased knowledge to use as role models for our younger chalutzim.
In 2022 we will be piloting our first ever six week JOLI from July 6-August 15, 2022.
Recognizing that some schools begin in early August, we will make reasonable accommodations to returning JOLI chalutzim who need to leave 7-10 days early from the program. Please contact Mirit@ramahoutdoors.org or Eliavb@ramahoutdoors.org to discuss details.
To learn even more about our JOLI program, click here
12th Grade Program –
Ramah Seminar in Israel
Ramah Israel Seminar is a six-week travel program in Israel, designed for rising 12th graders who are former campers of the ten Ramah overnight camps in North America. For over 50 years, Ramah Seminar has proven itself to be an outstanding way for teens to experience Israel. Seminar participants travel Israel from north to south, gaining an in-depth perspective of Israel’s history and future and a deep introduction to the Jewish state.
Many Ramah in the Rockies alumni have enjoyed the Seminar Shvilim track, which weaves in and out of the classic Ramah Seminar program, while offering a wide array of outdoor adventure activities, hiking, and Israeli-style outdoors training. Automatic grants are available for Ramah in the Rockies alumni who would like to attend Ramah Israel Seminar. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
To inquire about the Inclusion Program at Ramah in the Rockies, please email email@example.com.
At Ramah in the Rockies, we believe that all Jewish children should be able to experience the transformative experience of Jewish summer camp. We know that each child has their own special needs, and whenever possible work closely with parents and guardians to develop a customized plan to enable their child to succeed in our community. At the same time, we know that there are some children we are not able to serve for a variety of reasons, and whenever possible, will work with parents to find a Jewish summer camp that is suitable for their child.
The Ramah Camping Movement has pioneered the effort of serving campers with developmental disabilities. The first Ramah Tikvah Program started in 1970 and has been activated at Ramah in the Rockies since 2011. What began as a stand-alone unit where campers with disabilities lived in their own tents has since evolved. As of 2017 we have transitioned to an inclusion model, and have refocused our efforts on providing a high level of integration and support for young people with autism spectrum disorders.
Click HERE to read more about our Inclusion Program.