FAQS

How are the age groups divided?

Ramah Day Camp currently runs five edot (age groups). Campers entering kindergarten are in our Shorashim group. Campers entering 1st grade after camp make up our Anafim group. Campers entering 2nd grade after camp make up our Garinim group. Our rising 3rd grade campers will be in the Etzim edah.  And Nitzanim, our oldest edah, is for campers entering 4th or 5th grade after camp.

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

Ramah Day Camp is a 2-week minimum experience. Sessions begin every two weeks. Enroll campers during a Session Starter, and then stay with us as long as you’d like! To learn more, please go to the 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 contact us to request a financial aid application.

Do you provide lunch?

At this time, Ramah Day Camp 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.

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, most days campers are offered two 40-minute elective activities (or chugim), which run for a week at a time. This means campers will choose four electives at the start of each two-week session (two electives during the final week of camp) and develop their skills or work on their projects for a week. Campers can choose to concentrate their afternoons in sports or arts chugim, for example, or create a more well-rounded routine to sample all that Ramah has to offer.

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

Our bus schedule changes slightly from year to year depending on the number of children registered from various locations throughout the greater DC area.  For more information about our bus offerings as well as a list of stops offered during Kayitz 2021, please read our Transportation page.

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

Where is aftercare/extended care offered?

Aftercare offerings are dependent on sufficient interest, staffing, and COVID-specific health guidelines.  In 2022, we are pleased to be partnering again with MoEd at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase, who will provide an aftercare option for campers until 6 p.m.  (Aftercare with MoEd will not be offered during the week of August 8th.)  Click here for more information.

We are always interested in partnering with communities to open new aftercare locations. Please be in touch if you would like to work with us.

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?

Please see our Daily Backpack Checklist page for details on what to send with your child to camp on a daily basis.

Can we request that my camper be placed in a group with another camper (buddy requests)?

All of our programming is divided into five 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.

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.

How many days of swimming do you have?

Our campers swim 4 or 5 days per week, with three or four 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 numerous different swim groups.

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.