Camp days are filled to the brim with excitement, friendship, and wonder!
Read on to learn about the fun-filled activities at Ramah Nyack!
Our low ropes course is a collection of obstacles and thrills appropriate for campers of all ages. Make your way through the “Spider Web” or “Pirate’s Crossing,” and participate in challenges requiring teamwork and strategic thinking. Younger campers will also enjoy running around our magnificent playground or climbing the “Spaceball,” while older campers will favor our high ropes course. Fly down the zipline, maneuver across the “Islands in the Sky,” or reach to the very top of the Migdal (climbing tower) and scribble your name at the top as a record of your achievement.
Show off your star power in a Ramah musical theater production. Create your own glazed pottery in our studio. Bead a faux-pearl necklace. Design a marionette puppet. Build a wooden menorah or model airplane. Specialists in the following arts studios will help you create amazing memories or memorabilia: drama, music, dance, tie dying, ceramics, beading, arts and crafts, and woodworking.
Ramah coaches will help you play hard and hone your athletic talents. Develop basketball and softball skills in our specialized clinics, learn a proper yoga stretch or how to land a cartwheel at tumbling. Practice your tennis serve on the court or learn to play goalie (in full gear) during a floor hockey session. Professional soccer (Super Soccer Stars) and baseball specialists will join the Ramah sports team four times a week in order to advance training to a new level! Ultimate frisbee, volleyball, kickball, capture the flag and more active fun round out the weekly sports schedule.
Do you enjoy baking and decorating cupcakes in the kitchen? Or would you rather use those same ingredients to make play dough or carry out wacky experiments on our science deck? Perhaps you want to climb a tree house, learn scouting skills, or build the perfect campfire at our nature center? Summer is the time for exploring your environment and Ramah educators will help you do just that!
Our Red Cross certified lifeguards provide daily lessons at all levels in our four heated pools. Swimmers learn through small group instruction so that real progress can be achieved. Our gradual entry pool for younger campers begins at a depth of just two feet so that new swimmers can stand easily and with confidence. Already a swimmer? Our 25-yard pool is wide and has a large deep end so that you can increase your endurance, refine your strokes, and practice diving. Of course, all campers enjoy cooling off, performing underwater handstands, and spending time with friends during general swim.
Ramah's fabulous educational program will strengthen your connections to Judaism and Israel. Older campers may design and tie-dye a tallit, build a life-size sukkah, or create puppets to dramatize great Jewish stories. Younger campers may arrive home eager to play “Dag Maluach” (the Israeli version of Red Light/Green Light) or hang Mizrach signs that were created while studying about Jerusalem. In daily shiur (informal class), Jewish educators ensure that campers learn about Jewish tradition through performance arts, active games, and crafts.
Daily morning tefillah (prayer), with a focus on experiential learning, helps to kick-start the camp day. A younger camper might design a personalized siddur (prayer book) or learn the meaning of prayers through song and hand motions. An older camper may learn cantillation and begin to chant a few lines from the Torah in preparation for a Bar or Bat Mitzvah celebration. Through a variety of daily activities, Ramah campers learn to embrace Jewish heritage and Jewish pride!