Here, we bring together a diverse community of talented, experienced staff, offer outstanding athletics and arts programs, and infuse a love of Israeli culture and Jewish heritage into everything we do. Campers gain new knowledge, skills and experiences, which help them develop strong Jewish identities— through prayer, a lively song session or even a game of basketball. The profound importance of community to the Camp experience cultivates a strong understanding of communal connection and responsibility. Ramah Darom is an inclusive Camp and offers Tikvah Support Program for campers with neurodevelopmental disorders. We also focus attention on developing our campers and staff into leaders, educators and free-thinking individuals.
We have several programs that are based on the upcoming school grade of your child. Children entering the 3rd grade may participate in our 12-day “Taste of Ramah” program. Campers entering the 4th-5th grade may enroll in our “Taste” program or a four-week long session, while campers in 6th-10th grade may elect to attend for either four or eight weeks. Gesher Leadership Development Institute is a summer-long program for raising 11th graders that incorporates counselor training and a 12-day trip along the east coast visiting college campuses, other Ramah Camps and Washington, DC. We also offer two five-day Summer Family Camps for families with children 10 and under.
The daily schedule is packed with a variety of exciting activities. Your child will choose from a range of both sporting and non-sporting activities in which we stress skill acquisition and development. Additionally, swimming, learning, bunk activities, evening programs, daily prayers and culturally-based activities are just part of your child’s daily life at camp.
Our selective hiring process requires applicants to be at least a rising college freshman who have a strong Jewish background and experience working with youth. Additionally, we seek staff members with maturity and strong character who have the ability to serve as positive role models. They must apply with three personal, educational, and professional references.
Another characteristic that differentiates us from other camps is our camper-to-staff ratio. Overall, we have one staff member for every two campers. Within our bunks, the ratio is no more than four campers to one counselor, ensuring that each child receives as much individualized attention as possible.
A principal foundation of Ramah Darom’s mission is a commitment to ensure that any parent has the opportunity to give his or her child the enriching benefits of Ramah Darom. While the majority of financial assistance comes from local sources, Ramah Darom does provide limited scholarships. For those needing additional assistance, we encourage you to speak to your rabbi, contact your local federation and ask community leaders about funding opportunities in your area. We also offer payment plans. Additionally, you may contact our office to obtain a financial aid application. Please see our Financial Aid 1, 2, 3 for more information.
A major goal of the summer camping experience is to build independence and self-reliance. Therefore, direct phone contact is not permitted. Your child will be strongly encouraged to write home at least once a week. Parents may also communicate with their children through letters and a one-way email system. In order to assist parents in communicating with the camp and checking on the status of their children, the camp maintains a staff of parent liaisons (Yoetz/et). This group consists of skilled individuals who have extensive experience in working with children. The parent liaisons will answer any questions you may have about your child’s summer. Messages left for parent liaisons will be returned within 24 hours.
Due to the short length of each camp session, we are not able to offer a visiting day. However, those of you who would like to see camp have the option to bring and/or pick up your child on arrival and departure days. If your child is staying all summer, you may pick him/her up during the two-day intersession period.
Many of our campers have various dietary restrictions from lactose intolerance to peanut allergies. Parents may alert us to special dietary needs by submitting a special diet request form so that we can ensure that your child receives all the special accommodations that he/she requires.
During the summer season, Camp Ramah Darom’s kitchen facilities are under the supervision of Rabbi Joel Roth, the halachic authority of the National Ramah Commission, Inc., and Professor of Talmud and Jewish Law at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS).
During the summer, our infirmary (MARP) is staffed at all times with two physicians and three nurses. These skilled professionals are available to provide routine care and to respond to emergencies. Medications are distributed during meal times from our mini infirmary. If your child requires emergency medical service, there are three hospitals within an hour radius of Camp.
Among our most cherished Jewish values is the importance of preserving life and maintaining health. Reducing the risk of vaccine-preventable illnesses from entering any of our programs is the single most effective strategy we can take to protect the health and wellbeing of our community. This goal can only be accomplished through the appropriate vaccination of all those in residence at Ramah Darom. While we respect that individual families may choose to defer vaccinations, we cannot and will not defer the safety of our community as a whole.
We require that every person planning to attend a program at Ramah Darom adheres to the recommendations of the Advisory Committee on Immunizations Practices (ACIP) and the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) or the Canadian Pediatric Society (CPS) as outlined in the 2020 US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Recommended Immunization Schedules:
If you are not sure which vaccines you or your child(ren) have received, please ask your health care provider.
Note: Not all states have the same requirements, but ALL CDC recommended immunizations are required at Ramah Darom.
There are exceptions to the Ramah Darom vaccination policy, but they are extremely rare. We recognize that individuals who have had a documented allergy or severe adverse reaction to a particular vaccine may not be able to complete the immunization schedule outlined by the AAP and the CDC. Additionally, individuals with medical conditions such as congenital immunodeficiency or HIV, cancer and who are receiving chemotherapy, transplant patients and persons receiving immunosuppressive drugs and chronic steroids also may not be able to receive certain vaccines. In these extremely rare circumstances, current documentation from a Physician (MD or DO), or a Pediatric/Family Practice Advanced Practice Nurse (ARNP or PNP), describing the reason for exemption from immunization must be furnished to Ramah Darom. We are happy to discuss case by case management of these extremely rare circumstances of medical contraindication to partial or complete vaccination.
Camp Ramah Darom is located in the town of Clayton, Georgia in the North Georgia Mountains. We are approximately two hours northeast of Atlanta.
Our campus address is 70 Darom Lane in Clayton, GA 30525
Please click here to download directions from your area to Clayton. Once you are in Clayton do NOT use your GPS follow these directions:
From Clayton, GA to Ramah Darom
- U.S. 441 N. to US 76 W. (pass McDonald’s on left)
- Turn left onto US 76 W. (Savannah Street), (landmarks: Dairy Queen, Citco Gas) and travel 8.03 miles
- Turn right onto Persimmon Rd. (It’s about a quarter of a mile after you pass Charlie Mountain Road, on left-hand side of the road. If you reach the YMCA Camp High Harbour or Lake Burton, you’ve gone too far.)
- Continue for 8.5 miles on Persimmon Rd. (Make sure you keep to the left at the fork of Mellie Keener and Persimmon)
- Continue on the paved road, driving alongside the camp. (You will first see the lake on the left-hand side. Cross over the one-vehicle bridge. The road surface changes from paved to gravel. Make an immediate left turn into the entrance of Ramah Darom.)
- Check-in at the Welcome Center (the large building on the right)
If you need assistance, please call the Front Desk: (706) 782-9300
Our campers come from 11 southeastern states, and many fly to Atlanta, where they are met by our staff and transported to Camp. There are buses available from certain locations and many parents choose to drive their children directly to Camp. Whichever way you choose, our staff is here to support you.
Our staff and veteran campers will help show new camper around campus. Click here to view a campus map to get a sense of where cabins and activities are located.
During the summer, our camp is guarded 24 hours a day. We have a team of Israeli security staff that works together with local law enforcement to patrol inside and outside the camp.