FAQs for Current Families

Q: What percentage of campers attend day schools?

A: About 46% of our campers attend Hebrew Day Schools, about 48% attend public schools and about 6% attend other private schools. Campers participate equally regardless of Judaic background for the vast majority of activities. Campers are evaluated for their Hebrew language skills at the beginning of their camp session and when appropriate are placed in a group with other campers of similar background.

Q: Can campers request a friend to be in the same bunk?

A: Yes, each camper may request three friends who are in the same grade in school and are attending the same session of camp. We guarantee to place every camper with at least one request (and we always try our best to give more). Bunk requests can be submitted through our on-line system, in the spring. All requests must be made by completing that on-line form. Our Director of Camper Care is always available to speak with parents who would like to discuss a specific bunking question or request in more detail.

Q: Do campers have to pray 3 times a day?

A: All campers and staff participate in Shacharit (morning services) each day. Mincha (afternoon) andMa’ariv (evening) services are held at camp for those who wish to participate but are not required.

Q: What if financial help is needed?

A: Camp Ramah in New England has a generous scholarship fund. Please contact our office to obtain a scholarship application after you submit your general camp application. The deadline to apply for financial aid is in January, so families are encouraged to apply for camp and scholarship as early in the year as possible. We also encourage you to speak to your rabbi, contact your local federation and ask community leaders if they are aware of other funding opportunities in your area. We also offer payment plans. We don’t want any camper to miss out on a Ramah summer due to finances. Please refer to the Financial Info section for more information about payment and scholarship.

Q: Is camp able to accommodate my child’s food allergies?

A: Our camp’s kitchen is completely nut and peanut-free. Many of our campers have various dietary restrictions from lactose intolerance to gluten and egg allergies. All potential allergens are posted on a board in the Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall) before every meal. If there are other special dietary needs, parents may alert us so that we can ensure that your child receives all the special accommodations that he/she requires.

Q: How do campers get to camp?

A: Campers arrive by car, bus and airplane. We staff a flight at the beginning and end of each session from BWI (Baltimore/Washington airport) to BDL (Bradley airport in Hartford, CT). Ramah staff-members are there to greet campers (and parents) at the airport and accompany and help entertain the kids on their flight to camp. Campers often fly to/from Bradley airport from other locations as well. Ramah parents will receive instructions on when to book flights to/from BDL. All campers and staff are then transported from Bradley airport to camp by bus. When they arrive at camp, additional staff-members (along with an excited group of kids!) are there to greet the bus and to help the campers find their bunks and settle in.

Families arriving by car are welcome to stay and help campers settle in their bunks. Camp Ramah in New England also has a bus on the first day of the summer and the last day of the summer which picks up/drops off campers in Tenafly, NJ, New City, NY and Fairfield, CT. There are staff members on the bus to help along the way and campers are greeted when they arrive and assisted with their luggage by additional staff.

Q: How do I communicate with my child while they are at camp?

A: Parents are encouraged to write letters and to sign up for our email service. Postal mail and email messages are delivered 5 days a week to campers.

Q: Can I visit camp before I enroll my child?

A: We offer a Prospective Family Day twice during the summer. This is a great day for interested campers and their families to come tour camp, meet with our senior staff, and participate in some of our camp programming! Please contact Lori Fish Bard at lorib@campramahne.org for more information.

Q: Can I visit my child during the camp season?

A: There is a scheduled visiting day at the end of first session for full session campers. All visitors to camp on days other than Visiting Day require the approval of the Camp Director. We will only be able to accommodate a request for a visit under very compelling circumstances and well in advance of the visit date. Although most visits to camp are disruptive to the program and the campers, we provide the opportunity for a limited number of Shabbat guests in order to let parents and others experience the magic of Ramah. Rooms in the guesthouse at Camp Ramah are available for families and other guests who wish to visit overnight or stay for Shabbat. Please call the office to request a reservation in the guesthouse. Approval of your request is subject to the Director’s discretion and room availability.

Q: What should my child pack when coming to camp?

A: Feel free to use this Suggested Packing List when packing your child for camp!

Q: Where can I find directions to Camp Ramah in New England?

A: Directions to camp can be found here.