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Pre shabbat Update from Camp

Posted on July 6, 2012

This post was written by Sam Greenberg, Camp Ima. Today, I am covered in mud. This of course, doesn’t normally sound so pleasant, but it’s a happy sign that the rain we so desperately have needed in Colorado has arrived. From metayalim to JOLI to tzevet (staff), few faces are mud-free. This is a GREAT Continue Reading »

Update from Camp

Posted on July 4, 2012

This blog post was written by Zach Usmani, program director at Ramah Outdoor Adventure. Yesterday, we said goodbye to 15 chalutzim (pioneers/campers) who came to camp for two weeks. Today, we welcomed 13 new chalutzim to our chava (ranch) for the next half of session I. We have 70 chalutzim who are staying for the Continue Reading »

Preshabbat, post masa letter

Posted on June 29, 2012

Dear Parents: As I write this the squeals of excitement from our chalutzim (campers/pioneers) who returned from massaot (trips/excursions) are emanating from the gear shed outside my office window.  All the massaot are now safely back in camp or on a bus on the verge of getting to camp.  From the initial reports it seems Continue Reading »

update from camp– with fire information

Posted on June 28, 2012

Dear Parents: As I write this letter, our Bogrim and Sollelim chalutzim (campers) are out on their massaot (trips). We have groups kayaking, climbing, hiking, biking and white water rafting, and engaging in service projects in Buena Vista. Our Metayalim chalutzim are spending the morning at a wolf preserve and are heading to Wellington Lake Continue Reading »

Community at camp

Posted on June 24, 2012

Sunday morning: If I had to choose one word to describe Shabbat at Ramah Outdoor Adventure, it would be “Kehillah”  “[community]”  One feels this sense of Kehillah, when we gather, all recently showered and wearing white clothing, in the Kfar (tent area) for Israeli dancing on erev Shabbat.  One feels this sense of community, when Continue Reading »

The difference a name makes

Posted on June 20, 2012

Our first full day of programming has come to a close.  As I write this, all of our chalutzim (campers/pioneers) are fast asleep in their ohalim (tents).  I, like so many of our chalutzim, have spent most of the year dreaming about being back in camp, and then in a blink of an eye we Continue Reading »

Thoughts on Staff Week

Posted on June 17, 2012

One week ago, forty five individuals showed up at the Ramah Chava (Ranch) to begin forming our 2012 community.  Some had been to the Chava previously, while most were new to Ramah Outdoor Adventure.  Staff members came from as far away as Israel and England and as nearby as Greenwood Village and Greely, Colorado.  All Continue Reading »

Update from the end of WFR/WFA

Posted on June 7, 2012

It is hard to believe that we have been at the Ramah Ranch for over a week.  Last Thursday a large group of counselors from across the URJ (Reform) & Ramah camping movements arrived for Wilderness First Aid (WFA) and Wilderness First Responder (WFR) training.  During this time, we switched off between intensive first aid Continue Reading »

Shavua Tov from Kivun

Posted on June 2, 2012

Shavua Tov- I am sitting in my log cabin writing this blog post on Saturday night.  Outside are over thirty Ramah and URJ staff members sitting around a campfire singing songs together.  We made havdallah together and then used the light of the candle to light our camp fire. What an amazing way to end Continue Reading »

A note from our Tikvah Director

Posted on May 16, 2012

Elyssa Hammerman is returning for her fourth summer at Ramah Outdoor Adventure as the director of our inaugural Tikvah program, for children with developmental special needs.  Elyssa wrote the post below: “Everyone should be able to go to sleep away camp, it’s the most amazing place in the world.” I remember thinking this to myself Continue Reading »