SESSION I: June 20 to July 18
SESSION II: July 19 to August 16
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The Jewish Outdoor Leadership Institute (JOLI) at Ramah in the Rockies trains Jewish teens (entering 11th &12th graders) to become competent and confident outdoor leaders. JOLI participants spend about half of their time living alongside others on the Ramah in the Rockies ranch, and half of their time backpacking through the Rocky Mountains backcountry. Participants live in their own tent with a counselor but share facilities with chalutzim at Ramah in the Rockies.
What is the goal of JOLI?
JOLI is an intensive Jewish Leadership program. It is the culmination of the Ramah in the Rockies where participants learn both soft and hard skills about being passionate outdoor Jewish leaders. (Hard skills refer to skills needed to survive in the outdoors; soft skills refer to general leadership and communication skills learned in the outdoors but applicable to your lives back home). Participants have opportunities during their third and fourth weeks at base camp/chava/the ranch to practice as future madrichim(counselors) and mumchim (specialists). While first time participants are welcome (and about 20% of our participants are usually with us for the first time), the program is geared towards those who have come up through the Ramah in the Rockies system. And of course, even more so than any other program at Ramah, JOLI infuses Jewish texts, values and traditions seamlessly into ALL aspects of the program.
Is JOLI the same as third year Bogrim?
Absolutely not! JOLI have opportunities to be leaders much more so than the Bogrim chalutzim do. This is true on the massaotand also at the chava. Not only are the massaot more challenging, and take place in areas of Colorado where we do not usually send our younger chalutzim, but they are designed to teach you how to navigate and survive in the alpine wilderness. In fact, the second masa is entirely lead by the JOLI participants, with the madrichim present only if real emergencies arise. At the chava, JOLI participants spend more time in advanced training from learning Wilderness First Aid to apprenticing in a specific program area to planning their own peulot to being CITs for the younger chalutzim.
What are some of the highlights of JOLI?
When speaking with JOLIgraduates, they often say the whole month was a highlight! Drill down into this statement and a few consistent answers emerge: spending twelve hours alone in the woods on the daytime solo; planning and executing their own masa; being captains & judges for yom sport; working with the younger campers and knowing that you are having a profound effect on them; developing deep relationships with the other JOLimers; apprenticing in a specific program area and really experiencing what it is like to be a tzevet members.
What is the general JOLI Schedule?
There is so much more to say about JOLI, but these paragraphs should suffice for now. Please do not hesitate to be in touch with any of us on the year round team to discuss your options. And of course, if you want to be in touch directly with any JOLI participants from previous years, either Facebook them or let us know and we will give you their contact information.
The one thing we will promise is that you will be hard pressed to find anyone who did JOLI who regrets that decision, or who would say anything less than “it was the most amazing experience of my life!”
To Apply to the JOLI Program: Please email Rabbi Eliav Bock, camp director, at email@example.com. All new participants must complete a short application and undergo an interview.
For more information, you may also call (303) 261-8214 x104.