Edah Milestones

Gurim (pre-pre K)

Our first opportunity to experience camp!

  • Chanichim (campers) get a taste of all of the different program areas with sport, omanut (art), teva (nature) etc.
  • Focus on basic pool skills – getting comfortable in the water, putting their heads under and, as appropriate, basic stroke skill development (kicking, moving arms, etc.)
  • One “undernight” experience where chanichim (campers) stay after camp for special programming and dinner!

Shorashim (current pre-K)

  • Increased time in all program areas, allowing for increased skill development
  • A period a week with focused Hebrew language games, activities, etc. to promote familiarity and comfort with Hebrew language
  • Larger edah (division) of campers allows for more peer social skill development

Cochavim (current Kindergarteners)

  • First regular opportunity to develop skills on the Ropes Course
  • Sha’ar Philadelphia: A Hebrew Immersion program – all Cochavim campers are invited to participate in this unique program that offers the Ramah Day Camp experience, in Hebrew. For more information, check out our Sha’ar program.

Nitzanim (current 1st graders)

  • Chug (elective) is part of the regular weekly schedule. Chug is a choice period where chanichim (campers) choose an option for 3 days a week. The choices vary, but, generally include drama, dance, art, woodworking, sport and ropes.
  • Nitzanim will participate in an out-of-camp hiking trip that will focus on outdoor education skills and some basic camping skills.
  • Sha’ar Philadelphia: A Hebrew Immersion program – all Nitzanim campers are invited to participate in this unique program that offers the Ramah Day Camp experience, in Hebrew. For more information, check out our Sha’ar program.

Alonim (current 2nd graders)

  • Alonim Track: Track is a choice activity period where chanichim (campers) select an activity they want to explore more deeply over the course of a session. Track options have included sport, teva, performing arts, omanut (art), woodworking and outdoor adventure.
  • Archery is offered as a regular chug (elective) option for the first time.
  • First sleepover at camp!
  • Further developing their camping skills, Alonim chanichim (campers) hike during the day and sleep outside in tents for a night.

Solelim (current 3rd graders)

  • Chanichim (campers) further hone their camping skills by participating in a 2-day, 1-night hiking and camping trip where they sleep in tents.
  • They have the option of an additional track option as Solelim so that the majority of their day is filled with self-selected activities; sport, omanut (art), teva (nature), woodworking and more.
  • Chanichim will have the chance to participate in week long specialty camps. Participants will start the day with the rest of Ramah Day Camp but will then engage in the specialty area for the rest of the day. They will also have one period of free swim.

Arazim Alef & Bet (current 4th & 5th graders)

Arazim is a two-year program that builds on the development of your child’s skills and preferences and shifts slightly each year.

  • This summer, Arazim chanichim (campers) will participate in a 3-day 2-night trip: 1-night hiking and camping out in tents, the second night at Ramah Poconos, spending time with chanichim there who are the same age. They will swim in the lake and participate in some of Ramah Poconos specialty programming.
  • In addition to chug (elective) Arazim has two track options, so that the majority of their day is filled with self-selected activities.

Etgar (current 6th & 7th graders)

Etgar is a two-year program the begins to give your child leadership responsibilities at camp.

  • Their weekly schedule is set up differently than the rest of the edot (age groups). They have two trips out of camp each week: One that is focused on tikkun olam, social action, and one that is just for fun.
  • Etgar chanichim (campers) will have a 3-day trip where they will explore sights and sounds of another city. Previous locations have been Baltimore and Harrisburg/Lancaster County.
  • Etgar chanichim serve as Maccabiah junior captains, helping to bring energy, ruach (spirit) and good sportsmanship to their teams.
  • They are partnered with our younger edot (age groups) as “buddies’ and help them during t’fillot (prayers) and on special program days.
  • They assist the tzevet (staff) in planning a component of Yom Yisrael.

Mem.I.T – Madrichim (counselors)-in-Training (current 8th & 9th graders)

While Mem.I.Ts are technically campers, the program is designed to provide hands-on, meaningful experiences and training in order to best prepare them for a position working with children.

  • Scheduled daily time with a bunk or specialty
  • Weekly Leadership education
  • Hands on experiences with tzrifim (bunks) or with a program area specialist
  • More independence
  • Team building opportunities
  • Social opportunities including out of camp trips

Edah Assistant (current 10th graders)

If a Mem.I.T has completed one summer in the Mem.I.T program, and is currently in 10th grade, they can apply to be an Edah Assistant at camp. This position comes with a salary and learning opportunities that will allow your child to prepare to be a madrichim/madrichah (counselor) at Ramah.

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