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2012 Survey results

Posted on October 15, 2012

This was sent out as an email to our parent body.  I am re-posting it on our blog, as many readers are not on our parent list. At Ramah Outdoor Adventure, we are constantly striving to improve our camp program.  While we know that children and counselors have transformative experiences each summer, we understand that Continue Reading »

Feedback on new JOLI program

Posted on September 27, 2012

This summer, we doubled the size of our JOLI (Jewish Outdoor Leadership Institute) program for rising 11th and 12th graders.  From the feedback we have received thus far from the JOLI participants, it was a terrific success.  In the coming weeks we will share a few of the letters/ write ups we received about this Continue Reading »

Our first camp wide mural

Posted on September 3, 2012

Community Service at Ramah Outdoor Adventure

Final Thoughts on the 2012 Season

Posted on August 14, 2012

Ramah Outdoor Adventure has come to a close. An amazing 2012 season

Thoughts on camp

Posted on August 13, 2012

Last night, at Havdallah, a member of each edah spoke about his/her experience at camp.  Each offered moving words.  Below is a piece written by Shanna, who is an inaugural chalutza (camper) in our Tikvah program.  Shanna arrived at camp less than 2 weeks ago, and she and the other chalutzim in the Amitzim edah Continue Reading »

Pre Shabbat Aug 10

Posted on August 10, 2012

And just like that, our 2012 masa (excursion) season has come to an end.  A few minutes ago, our last masa rolled back into camp.  This past week we had groups hiking, biking, spelunking, and climbing in the back country.  Our Ilanot (3rd/4th graders) slept out on our ranch and then had a day hike Continue Reading »

The Israel Trail at ROA

Posted on August 7, 2012

One of the core values of Ramah Outdoor Adventure is that Chalutzim (campers) will feel connected to the land and people of Israel, articulate how their lives are impacted by Israel and its citizens’ choices, and be able to engage in conversations about Israeli society.  We accomplish this goal through a variety of methods: we Continue Reading »

Thoughts on the first night of our last session

Posted on August 1, 2012

Dear Parents: Today we started the last session of the 2012 summer season by adding 50 more chalutzim (campers) to our 60 4-weekers. Laughter, hugs, and smiles filled the migrash as they unloaded from the HEA shuttle, the airport bus, and parent vehicles. The weather was definitely on our side today as we were unloading Continue Reading »

Lifting the veil with a chicken shechita

Posted on July 30, 2012

This morning was a first for Ramah Outdoor Adventure, and perhaps a first for the greater Ramah Movement.  In our effort to “lift the veil” on the food we produce at camp, we decided that this summer we would conduct a chicken Shechita (ritual slaughter) for any of the older chalutzim (campers/pioneers) and tzevet who Continue Reading »

Connecting with Jewish roots through the Ramah Animals

Posted on July 26, 2012

At the beginning of each camp season, a herd of horses and a number of farm animals are delivered to our ranch for us to use in our camp program.  For nine weeks, our tzevet (staff) and chalutzim (campers) care for these animals as their own pets.  They learn the value of tzar baalei hayim Continue Reading »