Camp Countdown

Our first day is almost here! The migrash is a lush green (though not for long!), 460 staff members will soon be arriving for a full week of training, the pools are being filled, and our brand new kitchen is open. We are ready and can't wait to greet our campers.

Camper Orientation: Sunday, June 25 from 3:00-5:00 p.m.
We look forward to greeting you at our orientation. Welcome to the Ramah family! 

  • Parking for orientation will be available across the street at the Nyack High School, located at 360 Christian Herald Road, Nyack.
  • No car? We are happy to provide bus service from the Upper West Side on orientation afternoon. The bus will depart the Jewish Theological Seminary, 3080 Broadway, at 1:30 p.m. To reserve a spot on the bus, please click here.
  • Our nursing and commissary staff will be available to speak with you at orientation. Please feel free to bring any medications that are to be kept in our nurses' office. If you cannot make it to the orientation and have medical and/or food-related questions, please call us at (845) 358-6240.
  • No need to wear your camp t-shirt/name tag to orientation. Please save them for the first day of camp!

What's New This Summer

Campers will enjoy our brand new outdoor kitchen at the base of Shvil Ramah (our hiking path). The outdoor kitchen features a fire pit with seating in the round, a pizza oven, a shaded prep area, and ample meeting/activity space. Our science program continues to grow with enhanced STEM activities, robotics, and new programs at our Maker's Pavilion. Our outdoor educators have planned a phenomenal trail blazing program. There's a brand new (and pretty awesome) zipline at our high ropes course. And how can we forget our towel service? No need to bring towels to camp this summer!

We've spent a lot of time building our kitchen and have consulted with numerous dietitians about healthier meal options. We are happy to present a more varied (and more colorful) menu including a wider variety of salad bar options available at each meal. Some of these options include whole grain pasta, steamed vegetables, and quinoa. A weekly meat offering (with vegetarian dishes available), scrambled egg/breakfast day, and more brown rice/bean selections will be offered as well. Of course the staples will still be available: yogurt (on dairy days), sunflower seed butter, whole wheat bread, and plenty of fresh fruit. Campers will be able to enjoy their meals in an AIR-CONDITIONED chadar ochel (dining hall)--perfect for the hot days ahead.
Important Dates

Zimriyah

Our annual song festival (family event) will take place on Wednesday, July 12 at Rockland Lake State Park. (Rain date July 13)

  • 5:30-6:30 p.m. Zimriyah for campers entering grades K-2
  • 7:00-8:30 p.m. Zimriyah for campers entering grades 3-9
Trips

First Session

July 18 -July 20: Chalutzim, Bogrim & Shoafim (entering grades 6, 7, 8 & 9)

Two-night out-of-camp trip with 6:00 p.m. dismissal on July 20.

July 20: Kochavim, Shorashim, Nitzanim & Solelim (entering grades K, 1, 2, & 3)

Trip and dinner in camp. Buses & carpools depart at 6:00 p.m. 

July 20 - July 21: Tzeirim & Nevonim (entering grades 4 & 5)

Trip and overnight with regular dismissal on July 21.

Second Session

August 8 - August 10Chalutzim, Bogrim & Shoafim (entering grades 6, 7, 8 & 9)

Two-night out-of-camp trip with 6:00 p.m. dismissal on August 10.

August 10: Kochavim, Shorashim, Nitzanim & Solelim (entering grades K, 1, 2, & 3)

Trip and dinner in camp. Buses & carpools depart at 6:00 p.m. 

August 10 - August 11: Tzeirim & Nevonim (entering grades 4 & 5)

Trip and overnight with regular dismissal on August 11.

Transportation Information

Bus and Carpool Details

If your child will be traveling to and from camp by bus, you should have received an email with your child's bus number and an estimate of the time at which the bus will arrive at your home/pickup location on the first day of camp. Please contact us if you have not received this information. Carpool letters will be mailed next week. Please note: Bus and carpool information has not yet been mailed to second session campers and one-week specialty campers.

One Call Now Communication System

We have included your phone number(s) and email address(es) in One Call Now, our transportation and emergency alert system. We will use One Call Now if your child's bus is running with significant delays or if there are any other timely updates. If you would also like to receive text message alerts, please text ALERT to 22300 from your phone by Sunday, June 18. We will conduct a test of the One Call Now system on the evening of Monday, June 19. 

Camp Communications
  • You can reach us during camp hours in the main office:
    (845) 358-6240
  • The nurses can be reached during camp hours directly: (845) 358-4307
  • Updates about special activities will be sent home in your child's backpack and by email. Please check both daily.
  • Every Friday we send our weekly Kol Ramah newsletter via email.
  • Keep up with all the fun we're going to have during Kayitz (summer) 2017! Like the Ramah Day Camp in Nyack Facebook page!

Check Out Our Pre-Camp Magazine!

Read all about it in Ra-Mah Koreh, which can be  viewed here!

Host Israeli Staff Members

Join us in welcoming 47 new shlichim (Israeli staff members) to the Ramah family. Our shlichim love to spend Shabbatot and weekends with the Ramah family. It's their opportunity to enjoy the greater New York area, get to know you, catch up on sleep, enjoy a home cooked meal, and even do some laundry. If you are able to host shlichim, kindly complete this form. We will be in touch with you if we can make a successful match. Thank you very much!

Bim Bam Shabbat is Back

We are delighted to co-host Bim Bam Shabbat again this summer with PJ Library of Rockland County. All young families are welcome!

9:30 a.m., Fridays, June 30 - August 11

Come to our free pre-Shabbat music program for toddlers and preschoolers, led by the staff of Ramah Day Camp in Nyack. Sing Shabbat songs, listen to story readings, and end with grape juice and challah.

Please note:
  • All children must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.
  • We respectfully request that you do not visit your older children while you are at camp. This will help avoid interruptions in their daily routine as well as the routines of other campers. Thank you for your cooperation. 
  • Please RSVP to BimBam@ramahnyack.org.