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Tikvah (Special Needs)

Tikvah – For Campers with Special Needs


COST:  $2,450

SESSION IA ONLY: June 22 to July 5


Please check our Dates and Rates for updated availability.

The Tikvah Program at Ramah in the Rockies serves adolescents ages 11-17 with mild to moderate intellectual and developmental disabilities including Asperger’s Syndrome, Autism Disorder, Anxiety Disorder, and Executive Functioning Disorder.

Mission Statement: The mission of this program is to provide the unique Ramah in the Rockies experience to children with a wide variety of special needs, with the goal of enhancing Jewish identity and teaching Jewish values in a supportive, inclusive, fun environment. Through the Tikvah program campers with special needs have numerous opportunities to connect with each other and to participate in slightly modified and carefully supervised activities throughout the camp.

Tikvah Backpacking

Building Independence: At Ramah in the Rockies campers live by the motto: challenge by choice. Campers participate in all Ramah in the Rockies activities including horseback riding, wilderness survival, mountain biking, ropes course/ Rock climbing, camping skills, wilderness arts & crafts, orienteering, archery, mining, aerobics, sports, service projects & more. Our base camp and excursion program provides campers with opportunities to learn skills and increase self awareness.

Building Relationships: Campers in the Tikvah program live in cabents (cabin tents) with specially trained counselors similar to other Ramah in the Rockies  campers. There are numerous formal and informal opportunities to interact with all campers at Ramah, including daily activities, evening programs, as well as communal prayers and meals. Campers in the Tikvah program participate all camp-wide activities and perform their own talent show. Campers in the inclusion track fully participate in all aspects of camp, including a four or five day masa (excursion) and have some extra support while at base-camp. In the off-season, campers and staff stay in touch by email, writing letters, and our “Shabbos Is Calling” monthly video-conference.

Tikvah preparing backcountry mealsBuilding a Jewish Identity: Campers find themselves surrounded by a rich Jewish community. From musical prayers to hebrew singing and dancing in the dining room, campers are encouraged to find their own personal connection within our Jewish tradition

Building a Safe Community: Specially-trained counselors and senior staff monitor each camper’s special needs. Counselors work with our medical staff to ensure that all needs are met regarding personal hygiene and the monitoring of medication.  Staff also work with our campers to foster positive peer interactions.

Building Trust: The Tikvah Director works closely with each family individually. Through frequent e-mail updates and calls, parents feel part of their child’s camp experience. We recognize you as an important member of the team, and your knowledge contributes to the success of our campers.  The Tikvah director is available throughout the entire experience by phone or email.

Building Your Experience: If you are interested in exploring the possibility of the Tikvah Program for your child, please contact our Tikvah Director.

Moshe Samuels, Tikvah Director

E tikvah@ramahoutdoors.org | T (303) 261-8214 x103