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Four years in. . .
Posted On October 28, 2012

In November of 2008, the Jim Joseph Foundation (JJF) and the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) made a big bet.  They awarded the National Ramah Commission (NRC) $1.1 million to create the first outdoor specialty camp in the country with …

Final Thoughts on the 2012 Season
Posted On August 14, 2012

It had to happen!

Another successful summer at Ramah Outdoor Adventure has come to an end.  All is quiet on the ranch.  Eight of our twenty horses have left.  The Alpacas, goats, chickens and ducks have gone home.  A few …

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 …

Aerobics at camp
Posted On July 19, 2012

Our first full day of camp has drawn to a close.   Chalutzim (pioneers/campers) were rock climbing, painting, playing Frisbee and so much more.  While our oldest chalutzim chose their activities according to their interests, our younger ones went around as …

2012 Volunteer Days
Posted On April 30, 2012

About a year ago, our then program director, Daniel Buoniauto wrote a blog post entitled “A Camp Built on Good Will.” Dan described his experience spending a day on the ranch preparing for the upcoming camp season, working with a …

Incubator II
Posted On April 1, 2012

Four years ago, I was sitting in my living room in Israel, where I was spending my fourth year of Rabbinical school studying at Machon Schechter, when I received the email.  It was from Rabbi Mitch Cohen, the National Ramah …

Hyper aware of disposable cups
Posted On March 18, 2012

[Written on erev Shabbat, posted on Sunday)

My work week began this week, at 6:00am on Sunday morning in Denver, on my way to catch a flight to Laguardia Airport for a week of meetings and conferences in the tri-state …

Lessons learned on JOLI
Posted On February 19, 2012

For this week’s blog post, I wanted to post an essay written by Adin K, who  was a JOLI participant during our our inaugural JOLI program in the 2011 season.

Based on the success of last years four week program, we

Hannah’s thoughts on national staff training
Posted On January 30, 2012

Over the next few weeks, we will be highlighting the writings of some of our former chalutzim and some of our own staff members.  This week, I will share a write-up from one of our counselors, Hannah Samet who, along …

The videos tell the story
Posted On January 3, 2012

January 1st marks the beginning of the secular new year, and even though I am a Jewish camp director who feels much more connected to the Jewish new year, I could not help but take a few moments this …

Experiencing Spontaneous Prayer
Posted On December 6, 2011

On most mornings, I begin my day with a few minutes of davening (prayers) while looking out of the picture window.  Usually, I am joined in the living room by my twenty month old son Matan, who dons his own …

Update from camp #3–Closing thoughts on session I
Posted On July 4, 2011

Our Session I chalutzim have been gone for only a few hours, and our incredible staff have begun their first well-deserved day off of the season.  Sitting here in Starbucks down in Woodland Park, I have only the warmest memories …

By the Numbers
Posted On April 28, 2011

This was posted on our monthly Constant Contact before Passover:  I wanted to share it with the readers of our blog, should people have missed it in the pre-pesach mailing.


On Pesach, as we drink 4 cups of wine, raise

Year Round Work at a Summer Camp Office
Posted On February 13, 2011

“So what do you do the rest of the year?”  This is the question I am most often asked when I tell people that I am a Rabbi/educator who works as a camp director.  In most people’s eyes, camp is …

Our winning stories
Posted On November 17, 2010

We asked our chalutzim to write a short story about a moment they had at camp this summer.  Over the next few weeks we will be posting all these stories on this blog.  In the meantime, here are the two …

It’s cold outside, so camp must be just around the corner!
Posted On November 4, 2010

Recruiting season & camp planning has shifted into high gear.  All of our 2010 chalutzim (lit. pioneers, campers) should have received their thank you gift for being part of our opening summer.  We’ve heard that many chalutzim wear their new …

A window into our staff training
Posted On January 18, 2010

I write this update having just returned from an afternoon at the Ramah in the Rockies Ranch.  We needed a 4 wheel drive vehicle to access the camp today, but once we reached the grounds it was amazing to drive …

The Names of the edot are. . .
Posted On December 16, 2009

The votes are in and the new edot (unit) עדות names have been chosen!

Over the past three months over 570 people cast their vote.  They selected from numerous choices, including twenty-five new names that focused on our activities in …

Our first winners of the Free Weeks of Camp Raffle
Posted On December 10, 2009

This weeks post is a VERY short one.  I just wanted to say congratulations to Noah from Boulder and Savannah from California for being the winners of the Ram Outdoor Adventure December raffle.  Both are entering 6th grade!  We …