Whether this is your first time coming to camp or your tenth summer away from home, there is always a sense of excitement and nervousness when it comes to packing and making sure that one has the “right” amount of gear and clothing. We have written the following list as a guide and to help alleviate some of the stress that may go into getting ready for camp. Please do not hesitate to contact our camp office with any questions.
Some things to consider when shopping for camp:
Campers coming for a two-week session should bring enough clothes for their entire session. Campers coming for four weeks or more will have an opportunity to launder clothing between sessions, please bring enough clothes for two full weeks.
There is an art not just to what you pack but how you pack for camp! Most importantly, please label your children’s belongings with their first and last name, not just their initials. Camp is a busy and sometimes messy place and labels increase the likelihood your child’s belongings find their way back to your child. We have a lost and found, and encourage campers to check it often. At the end of camp we donate any items worth under $25 to a local charity. For the cost of postage paid by the family, we can mail back home items in our lost and found worth more than $25, for whom we can readily identify the owner.
Part I: General Camp Clothes and Items Needed at Camp for two weeks
Bedding and Linens:
Bring it if you have it (and can fit it!):
Specialized Equipment (Optional):
While the staff is vigilant about making sure kids use sunscreen for the outdoor activities, that for those particularly sensitive to the sun should consider bringing sun protected water shirts and pants. Be sure to pack a sun hat for kayaking. If you have space, consider packing an extra towel and/or bathing suit, as our ocean exploration campers spend a lot of time in and out of the water.
For those who play instruments we have pianos, drums, and a limited number of guitars available for camper use, but we have found that the familiarity of one’s own instrument often creates amazing music. We have a special place to store instruments for those not interested in keeping it in their room.
All campers in Adventures Sports should pack hiking shoes as well as a warm sleeping back for the masa (overnight trip). We will provide all the necessary safety equipment for the adventure sports track, but also understand that climbing in tennis shoes, or barefoot is not ideal. We have climbing shoes available. If you have a pair of climbing shoes for outdoor use that you would like to bring we welcome it.
Each year we are asked whether a camper can bring a Kindle, Nook, iPod, or other device to camp. In order to deepen friendships within our intentional and immersive camp community and to connect with the sounds of nature, Camp Ramah in Northern California has a no-screen policy at camp in order to foster community and maintain a special camp environment. While we do encourage campers who are flying to camp to bring a cell phone for their travel day, all portable electronics are collected for the duration of the campers’ sessions. Having a break from electronic devices can be an incredibly enriching experience for your child!
Electronic games , DVD players, cell phones, tablets, e-readers and other electronic devices that connect to internet or cell service are not allowed. While we discourage campers from bringing MP3 players, we understand that some rely on these devices to relax or to learn their Bar Mitzvah portion. Feel free to reach out to camp staff to answer any questions about how to best prepare your child for camp in regards to electronics or any other subject.
Please note that Camp Ramah in Northern California assumes no responsibility for your children’s electronics, unless they are turned in to the office on the first day of their session. Any MP3 players, kept by campers for their use in their rooms is solely at their own risk.
Campers need only bring a small amount of spending money if they are traveling without their parent or guardian to camp. The only items a camper may buy during their time at camp are treats at the airport on travel days and camp gear. We do not operate a ‘canteen’ at Camp Ramah in Northern California for snacks or supplies. Fresh fruit and other snacks are freely available throughout the day.
We sell camp sweatshirts, sweatpants, onesies, kippot, and hats. All campers will be sent a T-shirt before camp begins that they should wear on travel days, and additional shirts can be purchased for $10 each at camp. There is no need to bring money on any excursions, as all meals and snacks are provided by camp. If you would like to authorize your camper to use your credit card on file to purchase regalia items, please contact our office manager during the summer at firstname.lastname@example.org or (415) 688 4572 x0.