For Tweens & Teens

Ramah Day Camp offers specialized summer programs for older children and teens: our Etgar program, for current 6th and 7th graders, and our Madrichim (Counselors)-in-training (CIT) program for current 8th-10th graders.

Etgar (Current 6th and 7th graders)

Etgar is designed as a two-year program that acknowledges the need for something new and different at camp, and 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) have a 3-day 2-night trip where they explore sights and sounds of another city. Previous locations have included Washington D.C. 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. (one of our biggest program days of the summer!)

Madrichim (Counselor).In.Training (Mem.I.T – current 8th-10th* graders)

The Mem.I.T Program is for teens who want to develop their leadership skills and gain experience working with children in a camp environment.   Mem.I.Ts will have the opportunity to work with campers in a bunk or to assist in specialty areas, working along side an experienced staff member.  Mem.I.Ts not only benefit from direct practical experience and mentorship, but also participate in regular leadership training sessions lead by our senior supervisory staff.  Mem.I.Ts also have time to socialize with their peers and enjoy the fun of camp including a 2-night 3-day camping experience with hiking, whitewater rafting, cookouts and more!  Mem.I.Ts receive a small honorarium at the conclusion of the summer as a small token of appreciation for their work over the summer.

Mem.I.Ts who travel to camp by bus have the opportunity to serve as Bus Madrichim (counselors), supporting and helping campers on the route and the bus driver. Their transportation fee is waived and they are paid for their work.

*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.

 

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