Ramah Darom’s Camper Care Team is here to make sure your camper and family have a successful, fun and fantastic summer experience. Here you will find information about connecting Ramah Darom families, mental health and wellness workshops and support staff, parent liaisons and our new Zen Den. Ramah Darom understands that every child is unique and success looks different for every camper and we are here for YOU!
As Kesher translates to the word “link”, the goal of this program is to connect new and returning Ramah Darom families before the start of Kayitz (Summer). Please complete this form and we’ll start connecting.
Stay tuned for dates and details about upcoming Mental Health & Wellness sessions for Parents/Guardians.
We are thrilled to announce that we have received the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s Yedid Nefesh Grant, allowing us to have a mental health professional with us full-time during Camp. Jaime Glazerman, LPC, our consultant who helped us part-time last summer, will join us in Clayton this year for the full Camp season. Under the direction of Elana Yeffet, our Community Care & Inclusion Manager, with Jaime and our team of Yoetzim (Senior Advisors/Parent Liaisons), we will be able to provide greater support to our chanichim (campers) and tzevet (staff).
About Jaime Glazerman
Jaime Glazerman, LPC, (she/her) is an Education Consultant at the Blue Dove Foundation, in addition to the Mental Health Support Staff at camp over the summer. During the year, she is honored to connect the organization’s powerful resources with the communities that need them. Prior to working with Blue Dove, Jaime spent her time learning about and conducting outreach, community-building, and professional education, accumulating more than a decade of experience counseling children, adults, families, couples and groups. She provided play therapy, group education, and family-based treatment for pediatric eating disorders. She is particularly passionate about working with pre-teens, teens, young adults and their families and has specialized training and experience working with families affected by eating disorders. She is a Licensed Professional Counselor (LPC) with a Masters Degree in Community Counseling from Towson University in Baltimore, Maryland. Jaime enjoys cooking, crafting, and spending time with her husband and two children. She calls Johns Creek home.
About Yedid Nefesh
As part of the third cohort of Foundation for Jewish Camp’s (FJC’s) Yedid Nefesh program, Camp Ramah Darom will receive funding over the course of four years. These funds will be used to hire a qualified mental health professional, provide enhanced counselor training, establish proactive wellness activity areas, and develop tools to destigmatize mental health in their broader community. FJC’s Yedid Nefesh initiative is generously funded by The Marcus Foundation.
“By investing in embedded and sustainable MESSH support systems, Camp Ramah Darom is creating a healthy space for campers and young staff to engage in self-discovery, strengthen their sense of resiliency, and flex interpersonal skills – all while benefiting from the sense of belonging and Jewish community that they are known for,” says Jill Goldstein Smith, senior program manager and Yedid Nefesh project lead at FJC.
Food at Camp Ramah Darom is made from scratch and served with love! Campers gobble up our famous homemade biscuits, fried chicken, brisket and cobbler. And throughout the year, we get requests for our challah recipe and the legendary Mississippi mud brownies we serve on Friday nights. Our skilled culinary team is under the direction of Executive Chef Tzvi Weinreich.
In addition to the three nutritious kosher meals a day, fresh fruit is always available in our Chadar Ochel (Dining Hall). Camp provides additional scheduled snacks to all campers at our canteen.
Ramah Darom also accommodates campers and staff with various food allergies and sensitivities. There are always dairy-free, gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan-friendly options served in a special section of the Chadar Ochel. During summer camp sessions, our facility is peanut and tree-nut-free. Parents/Guardians can indicate their camper’s dietary habits and needs in the Dietary and Nutritional Health portion of the Detailed Camper Profile-section 3 on their family dashboard.
Meals at Camp are filled with healthy and hearty dishes and enough variety to satisfy most picky eaters.
Each morning at Camp, campers start the day with a hearty breakfast. In addition to daily selections like homemade waffles, pancakes, biscuits or “Cinnobuns”, eggs, bagels and cream cheese, soysage, yogurt and fruit, there is always a cereal bar with whole milk, 2% and low-fat and soymilk and OJ, apple juice is available.
After morning activities, campers refuel on Camp lunch favorites like a potato bar with all the kosher fixings, grilled cheese and tomato soup, mac and cheese with veggies, falafel, hummus and pita with Israeli cucumber salad, and pizza every Friday on the covered basketball court. There is also a salad bar with fresh greens, a variety of slices and dices vegetables and tuna or pasta salad at every lunch.
Camp dinners range from homemade chicken nuggets and fries to Asian stir fries to wing night, taco night, Wednesday night cook-outs with hamburgers, hot dogs, veggie burgers and watermelon, to our traditional Friday night Shabbat dinner. There is also a salad bar with a variety of fresh raw vegetables and crunchy toppings, and dinners are followed by desserts like blueberry crumble, chocolate brownies, popsicles or s’more by the campfire.
Got a picky eater? Don’t worry. There is always plain pasta, sun butter and bread available.
Please reach out to email@example.com with any additional questions.
New camper families, if you haven’t already, please set up a time to speak with Elana Yeffet, our Community Care & Inclusion Manager.