Dear Ramah Family,

We can’t wait to welcome your children to camp next month! Our year-round team is busy preparing for another safe, joyful, and meaningful summer for campers and staff.

Please join us for a Pre-Camp Health and Safety Meeting on Monday, June 13 at 7pm. We will have the opportunity to review Camp Ramah in Canada’s policies and protocols regarding the health and safety of our camp community. 

Camper Safety
We are proud of our ongoing work to ensure the well-being of everyone under our care. Our top priority is the physical, emotional, social and spiritual health and safety of our camp community. In preparation for our Pre-Camp Health and Safety Meeting, please be aware of the following:

  • Our policies and procedures are reevaluated annually to ensure best practices.
  • Ramah Canada is proud to participate in Sacred Spaces’ Aleinu: Safeguarding Our Children program, as a member of the National Ramah cohort. Aleinu provides educational resources for implementing 10 best practices in child protection in Jewish organizations. As a participant in this program, our child safety committee receives access to ongoing education and support via webinars, office hours with peer organizations, as well as individual coaching.
  • Our policies, published in our Staff Handbook, are shared with staff prior to the start of camp, reviewed during staff training week, and referenced as needed throughout the summer. 
  • Our camp has adopted National Ramah’s youth-safeguarding policy, which was developed by National Ramah with input from Sacred Spaces in 2018.
  • Our full policies have been vetted by Canadian and US field experts. All staff members sign a form indicating an understanding of our policies and a commitment to following them. 
  • All of our staff and year round professionals are extensively trained in issues of health and safety pre-camp and throughout the summer. Additionally, we will have field experts supplementing our in-house training during staff week.
  • We’ve added to our wellness team for 2022 – adding one additional yoetzet (starting the season with 5) and another full time nurse (all season-long we will have 3 nurses plus one doctor in camp).

We are proud of our policies – and, we know that having good policies without adequate training, enforcement and implementation will not yield the safe camp to which we are dedicated. That is why this summer we are doubling down on ongoing staff training and support.

Please know, we are always available to discuss any questions or concerns you might have about our staff training, policies and procedures, and of course anything specifically related to your child. We strive for honest and transparent communication on topics ranging from COVID to camper safety and are grateful for the partnership, support, and collaboration with our camp parents. 

COVID and Camp:
We, thankfully, anticipate that our Kayitz 2022 will look very different from 2021 from a COVID perspective. We are optimistic that camp life will be able to flourish with only modest modifications from pre-COVID summers. However, things can change between now and then so we are not yet able to commit to many specifics of our protocols.

Below is an update on where we are at with COVID protocols for this summer:

Pre-Camp Health and Safety Meeting — June 13: The Province of Ontario will enter the next phase of COVID health measures on June 11, 2022. Our final decisions on COVID protocols at camp will depend on these changes. Therefore, we will be gathering for a Pre-Camp Health and Safety Meeting on Monday, June 13 at 7pm ET. We will also have a special session for our families living in Israel on June 13 at 1pm ET/8pm Israel Time.

By that time we will be able to answer with greater certainty how we will manage COVID in camp. Until that time, we continue to plan for different contingencies. Please have a minimum of one adult member of your family attend the meeting, but all are welcome (campers and adults).The session will be recorded for those who cannot make it. 

*Please note – this is a different meeting than the edah meetings, which are a chance for campers to meet their Rosh Edah and fellow edah campers, more information is below.

Pre-Camp Testing: We anticipate that we will have Rapid Antigen Testing prior to arrival at camp. Please ensure that you have at least 2 antigen tests per camper available for testing at home before coming to camp. Details will be shared on June 13.

Visitors’ Day: We are very much hoping to run Visitors’ Day this summer and are planning for it! However, as the COVID landscape is so dynamic, we need to continue to monitor the situation and will make a final decision closer to the summer. Therefore, at this time, we cannot say with certainty whether or not there is going to be a Visitors' Day. Please prepare your child for either scenario and we will let you know our decision closer to camp time.

If we do run Visitors’ Day, it will be modified to mitigate risk. This will likely include: limiting the number of visitors per camper, no campers can leave camp (buffet lunch available, bring a blanket to picnic as a family), limiting visitors to just family of 6-week and Full Season campers, and rapid testing and screening before arrival.

We are grateful for your understanding and cooperation as we work to ensure a safe and successful summer. We know that all of the goodness, learning, fun and joy of camp are all only possible within a safe and healthy environment; this is the foundation of all that we do.

Please be in touch if you have any questions – and mark your calendars for June 13th Pre-Camp Health and Safety Meeting.

L’shalom,

Jordan, Aviva, Tanya and Elissa

Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, Director
Aviva Millstone, Associate Director
Dr. Tanya Wyman, Chair of Medical Subcommittee
Elissa Kline-Beber, MSW, RSW, Chair of Wellness Committee
Upcoming: Zoom Meetings
Classic Camp: Join Jordan, Aviva, and Dr. Tanya Wyman, Chair of our Medical Committee, for our Pre-Camp Health and Safety Meeting on Zoom, Monday, June 13 at 7:00pm.

As mentioned above, we will explain our summer plans in more detail and will answer any questions you may have. The meeting will be recorded if you are unable to attend.

Note: Password is 2022
Masa BaTeva: Join Jordan, Aviva and MBT Program Director Lara for a Masa BaTeva Family Town Hall on Zoom, Thursday, June 16th at 7:00pm.

We will explain our summer plans in more detail and will answer any questions you may have. The town hall will be recorded if you are unable to attend.

Note: Password is 2022
Save the Date: Edah Hangouts
Calling all Kayitz 2022 campers and parents!

Please join us on June 8th & 9th to connect with other chanichim (campers), with your Rashei Edah (unit heads), and other camp leadership. Learn more about daily life at camp and some of the exciting things we have in store for this summer.

Wednesday, June 8
Shorashim (campers currently in Grade 2)
6:30 - 7:00pm
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Nitzanim 1 (campers currently in Grades 3)
7:00 - 7:30pm
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Nitzanim 2 (campers currently in Grades 4)
7:30 - 8:00pm
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Arazim (campers currently in Grade 5)
8:00 - 8:30pm
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Kfirim (campers currently in Grade 6)
8:30 - 9:00pm
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Thursday, June 9
Tzirim (campers currently in Grade 7)
7:00 - 7:30pm
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Nachshonim (campers currently in Grade 8)
7:30 - 8:00pm
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Magshimim (campers currently in Grade 9)
8:00 - 8:30pm
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Alonim (campers currently in Grade 10)
8:30 - 9:00pm
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Reminder: Fill Out Forms!
If you haven't done so already, please submit your forms so we can continue to plan for the best Kayitz 2022 as possible! If you have any questions regarding forms, please email our office administrator, Reena, at info@campramah.com.