Our Programs | Camp Ramah Northern California

Our Programs

As part of each of our signature specialty tracks, campers experience unique activities and challenges as well as Jewish learning, service, and skill-development. On an average day at camp, campers participate in the core specialty areas in the morning and then electives and bunk activities including swimming, arts and crafts, and other sport activities in the afternoon. On special days campers have the opportunity to participate in all-camp activities such as Yom Sport (Color War) or Yom Yisrael (Israel Celebration Day) in addition to the special field trips and transformative overnight trips we offer for each specialty track.

Ocean Exploration – Campers experience the life and magic that lies below the ocean surface through ocean sports and marine biology. Our expert leaders offer opportunities for campers to safely learn to kayak, surf, and scuba dive, all the while empowering them to learn about the ocean environment and ocean conservation. Boys and girls in the ocean exploration track examine marine organizations, ride the waves, observe underwater flora and fauna, learn and master paddling and scuba skills, and raise questions about marine sustainability.

Performing Arts – This is not your bubbie’s drama program! Campers have an opportunity to work with experienced performing artists to build their skills in a specific medium and then to craft their own play, dance, musical number, or set design as part of our larger showcase of modern Jewish arts. Campers draw on inspiration from the natural environment and Jewish texts as well as improvisation skills to develop their own creative voice and use it to write and perform an original play.

Adventure Sports – By horse, bike, hand, and foot, campers take on exciting challenges in our adventure sports track. Campers build lifelong skills and friendships as they explore the world from the ground to the sky while horseback riding, rock climbing, organic farming, and mountain biking. Campers utilize and refine their new wilderness skills on the overnight backcountry trips we offer each session.

Why Specialty Tracks?

Unlike at other summer camps where campers rotate through all camp activities from art to sports to theatre, a specialty program like ours allows for campers to explore their passions in-depth and engage in greater skill-development through intensive blocks of instruction and experience. Moreover, we believe in giving campers the opportunity to choose their specialty track each session as a development of their own responsibility and leadership skills. Campers who stay for both sessions I and II can choose to switch specialty tracks between the sessions or continue on in the same track. In addition to the specialty tracks, campers will have ample time to play sports, do arts and crafts, swim in our pool, and participate in other traditional camp activities.

Which Specialty Track is Right for Me?

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