FAQS

Where are the bus stops located? What is the timing for bus pick ups and drop offs?

Here is a sample bus schedule from the 2016 season:

Bus 1

STOP Morning Pick-Up Afternoon Drop-Off
Spring Mill Field Office

11721 Kemp Mill Road, Silver Spring, MD

8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
B’nai Israel Congregation

6301 Montrose Road, Rockville, MD

8:20 a.m. 4:40 p.m.
Ramah Day Camp at Wellspring Conf Center 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Bus 2

STOP Morning Pick-Up Afternoon Drop-Off
Ohr Kodesh Congregation

8300 Meadowbrook Lane, Chevy Chase, MD

8:15 a.m. 4:45 p.m.

Aftercare Option

Congregation Beth El

8215 Old Georgetown Road, Bethesda, MD

8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m.
Ramah Day Camp at Wellspring Conf Center 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Bus 3

STOP Morning Pick-Up Afternoon Drop-Off
22nd Street & Q Street, Washington, DC

2425 N Street NW, Washington, DC

8:00 a.m. 5:00 p.m.
34th Street & Ordway Street, NW

Washington, DC

8:15 a.m. 4:45 p.m.
Ramah Day Camp at Wellspring Conf Center 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Bus 4

STOP Morning Pick-Up Afternoon Drop-Off
Agudas Achim Congregation

2908 Valley Drive, Alexandria, VA

7:45 a.m. 5:15 p.m.
Ramah Day Camp at Wellspring Conf Center 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

Bus 5

STOP Morning Pick-Up Afternoon Drop-Off
Congregation Har Shalom

11510 Falls Road, Potomac, MD

8:15 a.m. 4:45 p.m.
Shaare Torah Congregation

1409 Main Street, Gaithersburg, MD

8:40 a.m. 4:20 p.m.

Aftercare Option

Ramah Day Camp at Wellspring Conf Center 9:00 a.m. 4:00 p.m.

If you would like to see a bus stop added to a location near you, please be in touch! We would love to work with you on expanding our routes.

Can my child choose his/her activities? What activities do you offer?

There are some daily programs which are fixtures in each child’s schedule: tefilot, swimming, and experiential Jewish learning. In addition to these Ramah staples, campers are offered three 30-minute elective activities, which run for 2 weeks at a time. This means campers will choose three electives at the start of each sessions and develop their skills or work on their projects for an entire two weeks. Campers can choose to spend their whole day in sports electives (what we call chuggim), their whole day in artschuggim, or create a more well-rounded routine to sample all that Ramah has to offer.

How are the age groups divided?

Camp Ramah currently runs three edot (age groups). Campers entering kindergarten or 1st grade after camp make up our Shorashim group. Campers entering 2nd or 3rd grade after camp make up our Garinim group. Nitzanim, our oldest edah, is for campers entering 4th and 5th grade after camp.

What are the sessions? What is your minimum amount of weeks?

We operate three two-week sessions, though we offer the opportunity to extend for partial sessions after the first. Start camp on a session starter (weeks 1, 3, and 5) and continue for 2-6 weeks after that. Learn more on our dates & rates page.

Are scholarships available?

Yes! It is important to us that financial concerns not be a reason a child can’t enjoy a summer at Ramah. Please be in touch with us to request a financial aid application.

Do you provide lunch?

At this time Camp Ramah does not provide lunch; all campers and staff are asked to bring a dairy or pareve nut-free bagged lunch each day. Camp Ramah provides two kosher, healthy snacks each day. We hope to expand our food offerings as our camp continues to grow.

Where is aftercare/extended care offered?

Camp Ramah offers aftercare at area synagogues pending sufficient aftercare registration. In previous summers we have offered aftercare at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase and at Shaare Torah in Gaithersburg.

Can you tell me about security around the campgrounds?

Camp Ramah is serviced all summer by a uniformed security guard at its front gate. Our campus is private property and is closed to non-Ramah personnel during camp hours. All staff are clearly identified with a Camp Ramah uniform and name badge, and guests must be announced and cleared through our security guard.

What does my child need to bring with him/her to camp?

Each day campers should come to camp with:

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • Sneakers
  • Bathing suit & towel (on swimming days)
  • A dairy or pareve, nut-free lunch
Can we request that my camper be placed in a group with another camper (buddy requests)?

All of our programming is divided into three edot (divisions). Edot are co-ed and leveled by grade. Campers will spend their day in programming with other campers their age. Our staff works hard to integrate your child into the group and facilitate new friendships between campers. If your child is coming to camp with a friend their age, they will have plenty of time to interact with them during the camp day.

How many days of swimming do you have?

Our campers swim 4 out of 5 days per week, with three days devoted to swim instruction and one day reserved for free swim.

What is the swimming test procedure?

Our swim instructors, currently provided by Joe Flaherty’s Dolfins Swim School, test each camper individually on the first day of each session to determine their current comfort and skill level in the water. We group our campers into 6 different swim groups.

What is the counselor to camper ratio overall?

Our overall staff to camper ratio never exceeds 1:5. Though state regulation require larger ratios, we maintain a 1:5 ratio or smaller during all camp activities, including swimming.

What is the staff ratio in the water?

Our overall staff to camper ratio never exceeds 1:5. This includes our time in the pool. Between our counselors in the pool, swim instructors, and both lifeguards and supervisory staff on the pool deck, that ratio of pool supervision is often much smaller.

How do you handle inclement weather?

Rain is always a possibility. In the event of sporadic rain, we utilize our indoor facilities for adjusted rain programming. In the event of long-term rain or torrential storms, we will bus our whole camp to a nearby school for an adjusted indoor day.