COVID-19 Update #4- March 18, 2020 | Camp Ramah Northern California

COVID-19 Update #4- March 18, 2020

Dear Ramah Galim Camp Families,

I hope this email finds you feeling healthy and connected to family.  Amidst these overwhelming times, I have adopted a daily gratitude practice as part of my morning prayers, asking myself each morning, “What I am feeling grateful for?” as a rise from bed to be a mother, camp leader, teacher, and more each day.  Today I am grateful for the food in my pantry and the songs my daughter Lielle makes up that rhyme and make me laugh.

I have received several questions from our camp families these past few days about insurance and refunds, and I wanted to respond.  This one thing you do not need to worry about right now:

If camp is cancelled or if your child has any medical reasons for being unable to attend camp, we will refund all tuition payments. You have our assurance. The recommended camp program protection insurance protects families in case a family decides not to send a child to camp this summer.

We are still planning to operate a full summer of camp programming this summer, and look forward to seeing our campers at the camp beach. The situation remains dynamic, and we will be making a final decision about what our summer programming will look like in May. In the meantime, we will send weekly email updates, and we’ve created a page on our website for families to read camp COVID-19 updates:  http://www.ramahnorcal.org/covid-19/ .

MEDICAL FORMS
We understand that most families cannot go to their pediatrician right now. If you need extra time to complete your physician form or to book air travel to camp, no problem. You can submit those forms late.  Submit whatever forms you can in your family login by the April 1st forms deadline so our staff can begin the form review process, and submit the medical and/or travel forms when you are able to.

VIRTUAL CAMP CONNECTION
Are your kids (and you) longing for a time when they can get out of the house and connect with camp friends? Join Ramah Staff weekdays at 12pm on Facebook for a few minutes of dancing, singing, and learning for Ramah Recess.

We are also excited to invite our camp families for a virtual Havdallah on the Beach with onesies this Saturday, March 21 at 8pm PST via Zoom.  Here’s the linkto join! Feel free to grab (or make) a havdallah candle and some juice, and bring in a new week together with ritual, singing, and dancing. Campers are encouraged to wear a favorite onesie pajama as available.

Feel free to reach out with any questions you might have, or just to send an update on how you and your family are doing.  I can be reached at 415-688-4572 ext 1 or sarah@ramahnorcal.org.

with Gratitude and Hope,
Rabbi Sarah