FAQS

We plan to open camp this summer while understanding we will likely need to adjust our protocols and procedures to ensure the safest summer possible in 2021.  Therefore, some of the information below may change due to COVID-related health guidelines. Our COVID Updates & FAQ’s page has the most up-to-date information on our plans for 2021.

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 2019, please read our Transportation page.

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

At Ramah we believe in a well-rounded camp program, exposing our campers to sports, arts, and outdoor education. We also know that some campers prefer a more specialized daily program. At Ramah, you can have it all. Each day allows our campers 3 electives with a wide range of options. Fill your day with sports, or try a few different programs. In addition to 3 daily huggim (electives), all of our campers receive swim instruction, learn Jewish and Israeli songs and dances, and acquire the very best in informal Jewish education, where our experienced yahadut educators infuse Jewish values and texts into everyday camp activities.

To learn more, please click here.

How are the age groups divided?

Our edot (divisions — the Hebrew word literally means “tribes”) are co-ed and age-specific. Shorashim, our youngest edah, is for campers entering kindergarten after camp. Anafim, our second edah, is for campers entering 1st grade after camp. Garinim is the edah for campers entering grades 2 and 3 after camp. Nitzanim, our oldest edah, is for campers entering grades 4 and 5 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 click here.

Are scholarships available?

Yes. Please call us to request an application.

Do you provide lunch?

Campers are asked to bring a nut-free dairy or parve lunch to camp. To learn more, please click here.

Do you offer aftercare?

Aftercare offerings are dependent on sufficient interest, staffing, and COVID-specific health guidelines.  In the past, we have offered aftercare facilitated by Ramah Day Camp staff until 6 p.m. in Rockville, and in partnership with MoEd at Ohr Kodesh Congregation in Chevy Chase. 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?

Wellspring is private property and camp is closed to the general public. With safety and security as our top priority, camp is observed by a uniformed security guard at all times during camp hours. All guests, including parents, must be announced. Ramah staff wear camp shirts and visible ID cards at all times to identify our staff.

Do you offer sibling discounts?

We know that the cost of camp can be more difficult with more campers in one family. We want to help make camp affordable to everyone through scholarships. Please give us a call!

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

Check out our extensive daily backpack checklist!

Can we request that my camper be placed in a group with a friend?

All of our programming is divided into four 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?

With the exception of trip days and other special events, campers swim daily. Most days include swim instruction, with free swim on Fridays as a pre-Shabbat treat!

What is the swimming evaluation procedure?

On the first day of a child’s session, certified lifeguards and swim instructors evaluate our campers to find their appropriate swim class for their level. In addition, after you register for camp, we will ask you to share relevant information about your child’s swim experience on one of our pre-camp forms.

What is the counselor to camper ratio overall?

We operate on a staff to camper ratio of approximately 1:5.

How do you handle inclement weather?

If the weather keeps us from being outside, our staff has planned a number of indoor games to keep the day going as usual. Our property is equipped with sufficient indoor, air-conditioned spaces to keep the whole camp safe, cool and dry.