Ramah Outdoor Adventure, the only Kosher Outdoor Adventure Camp in the country, will be holding an information session in Boulder, CO on the evening of January 24th from 7:00-8:00pm. Ramah Outdoor Adventure is located 90 miles southwest of Denver in the heart of Pike National forest on a 350 acre ranch known as Ramah in the Rockies.
Ramah Outdoor Adventure opened in 2010 with 120 campers entering grades 5-10. In 2011, Ramah Outdoor Adventure will serve over 200 campers entering grades 3-10 and will also launch a leadership training experience, The Jewish Outdoor Leadership Institute (JOLI), for entereing 11th graders. JOLI will empower high school juniors to become competent outdoor adventure leaders. To date, over 130 campers have registered for the summer, with waitlists running in some of the more popular age groups.
Ramah Outdoor Adventure seeks to link the programming found in three different types of camps and bring them together in one place. The adventure programming encourages campers to move beyond their comfort zones and take on new challenges. The environmental programming seeks to foster a deeper appreciation of the world around us as campers engage with nature throughout the time at the ranch. And the Jewish programming seeks to foster an open environment for religious exploration and questioning.
Base camp offers campers the opportunity to choose between: mountain biking, horseback riding, wilderness survival, orienteering, arts and crafts, gardening, rock climbing, archery, service projects, back country cooking, mining, sports and duathelon training. Younger campers have a chance to experience all of the programs available at the camp, while older campers choose two or three activities on which to focus each week. Throughout the summer, campers leave base camp for one to five night excursion in the backcountry. These excursions offer campers the opportunity to gain additional skills in a specific program area
Campers who participated in the inaugural summer of Ramah Outdoor Adventure were overwhelmingly excited about their experience. According to a poll conducted by an outside research firm, 88% percent of campers said that they would recommend the Ramah Outdoor Adventure camp to a friend. Campers spoke about learning to overcome obstacles in the woods, and how these lessons can be applied to their lives back at home. While most campers in 2010 came for two weeks, 75% percent of returning campers are returning for the one month session.
For more information about the Boulder information session including an exact location or to speak with a camp representative about camp please email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 303 261 8214.
Click here to read an interview with Rabbi Eliav Bock in the New York Jewish Week