July 23, 2021 / 14 Av 5781
  Kol Ramah, Week 4
Spotlight on Art: Welcome to Maayan!
This week we are excited to highlight our Arts program at camp, with a special spotlight on Maayan. Please watch the video above to see highlights of our Arts activities.

This summer the Maayan department is gaining a reputation for being a very messy place at camp!  And inside that mess, they are creating something together that is larger than any one of us could create alone. 

Everything done in the Maayan tent is communal and collaborative; each pod leaves their work for the next one to build upon. Chanichim are inspired by the materials to create their own work and to date their spontaneous group projects have included several life-sized people, a giraffe, and a castle with a draw-bridge. Staff and counselors are encouraged to work alongside campers as true partners, supporting them and also helping them problem solve and trouble shoot when challenges arise. This is especially important since so many of our campers were socially isolated for many months during the pandemic and are now "re-learning" how to be in group and social settings again.

This summer Maayan is highlighting contemporary artists from all over Israel. Each week, they do a deep dive into the artist, exploring their unique artistic process, and their materials. For example, last week chanichim explored the artist Nirit Takele, an Ethiopian Jewish artist living in Israel, whose work centers on her family and community. Chanichim discussed “earth colors” and how colors of the earth and soil are similar to the colors of our skin. They created skin tone papers and used them as part of a collage to create two works showing our beautiful community!

We wish you a Shabbat Shalom!
Register Today for Kayitz 2022!
We were sad to say l'hitraot to our first session campers today during Shishi Al Ha'Migrash, but we hope to see them back in just 340 days for Kayitz 2022!
Register during the remainder of the camp season and receive this special pillow and a registration discount!
Click here to register and here for 2022 Dates & Rates.
Important Dates

  • Monday, July 26 - First Day of Second Session

We look forward to welcoming all of our second session campers on Monday!
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Edah News
Every Friday, we will post highlights from each edah (division) on the Ramah Nyack website. Click on the name of an edah below to read this week's update.
General Camp News
Celebrating Yom Ma'asim Tovim
On Tuesday we joined with camps across the US to celebrate Yom Ma'asim Tovim (Camp Kindness Day).

Here at Ramah, chanichim participated in various peulot (activities), organized by edah, to explore the importance of kindness and ways to incorporate it into our daily lives. Some activities included: reading kindness-themed stories and books, writing thank you notes to different staff members and workers at camp and delivering them, and beautifying camp with different art projects. In Maayan, chanichim worked collaboratively to build Kindness Gardens. Each pod's activities built upon the previous ones, from designing and constructing garden boxes to creating decorative flowers and planting real seeds. The final project culminated in several boxes filled with soil, seed, and words of kindness. 
We provide our campers with snacks and meals throughout the day. For the safety of our campers and staff with food allergies, we ask that no food of any kind be sent to camp with your children.

Please send your child(ren) everyday with:
  • 2-3 masks in ziplock bags, one gallon size and one quart size, both labeled with your child's name (these will be used for storing masks during outdoor activities).
  • A refillable water bottle from home so that your child(ren) can refill it throughout the day with water to stay hydrated.
  • A bottle of sunscreen (labeled). Please apply sunscreen before your child departs for camp. We will reapply it throughout the day and the labeled bottle of sunscreen will be kept in your child’s changing area.
  • While not required, we highly recommend sending a hat for your child to wear, especially on hot days.

Important Procedures
Your children are having so much fun here that we encourage you to keep them in camp until the regular dismissal time. We understand that there are extenuating circumstances that occasionally require you to pick up your child early. If so, please follow these procedures:
  • Your child may be picked up by a parent or by an authorized adult previously designated in your CampMinder account. For any changes, please email travel@ramahnyack.org.
  • Please call camp at (845) 358-6240 or email travel@ramahnyack.org before noon on the day of the change and let us know what time you will be picking up your child. The office staff will notify your child's counselor and bus driver of the revised dismissal plans.
  • Upon your arrival for early dismissal, please park in the Gould parking lot (across from the entrance to Nyack High School) and let our security staff know your name and your camper's name and they will call the office to let us know you have arrived. A staff member will escort your child to Gould to meet you, where you will sign him/her out. Please do not take your child out of camp without signing out.
  • All early pick-ups must take place BEFORE 3:00 p.m. After 3:00 p.m., pick-ups will be carpool pick-ups in the Gould parking lot at regular dismissal.
In Our Community
Bim Bam Shabbat Returns!

We are delighted to host Bim Bam Shabbat virtually this summer with PJ Library and The Leffell School. All families with young children are welcome. We will meet on Zoom on Fridays, July 2 - August 13, at 10:00 am for a pre-Shabbat celebration for toddlers, pre-schoolers, and their grownups. Please register here and we will send you a zoom link each week.
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