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What are Camp's Immunization & COVID-19 Vaccination Policies

Summer COVID Protocols

 

Ramah Darom Vaccine Policy Statement for Campers, Retreat Attendees, Family Camp Attendees, Staff, Visitors and Guests

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. Despite the best precautions taken to reduce the spread of infectious diseases, a shared living and eating environment increases the risk of transmission. Appropriate vaccination of all individuals will help us protect all members of our community and specifically, the most vulnerable: those who are too young to be vaccinated, the elderly, and/or those who have compromised immune systems. 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.

Vaccination Requirements

We require that all individuals, families and staff planning to attend a program at Ramah Darom adhere 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 US Centers for Disease Control & Prevention’s (CDC) Recommended Immunization Schedules.

CDC Recommended Immunization Schedule for Age 18 Years and Younger
CDC Recommended Adult Immunization Schedule for Age 19 Years and Older

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.

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Covid-19 Vaccination

Beginning in 2022, all Ramah Darom campers, attendees, staff and visitors eligible to be vaccinated against COVID-19 are required to complete full vaccination at least two weeks prior to the start of the program they are attending. This includes the Covid booster where indicated. This new policy applies to all Camp and Retreat programs at Ramah Darom and is consistent with the approach endorsed by the National Ramah Commission Medical Committee.

Please click below to review our Camp 2022 COVID-19 Vaccine & Booster Policy frequently asked questions.

Camp – 2022 COVID-19 Vaccine & Booster Policy FAQs

Vaccination Exceptions

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. All requests for exemption will be reviewed by our Medical Chair, in consultation with the National Ramah medical committee.

What are Camp's Medication & Health Protocols?

Medication & CampMeds

Medications

Ramah Darom uses CampMeds, a dispensing and packaging company that helps us safely administer medications during the summer. Camp Ramah Darom requires ALL campers who take medications (prescription and non-prescription), including vitamins and supplements, to use the services provided by CampMeds. Using CampMeds ensures that all medication arrives at Camp before the start of each session, minimizes the potential for medication errors, reduces waiting times for children during medication call and assures that daily and “as needed” medications are dosed accurately and administered in a timely and safe manner. The CampMeds program also allows more time for our nursing staff to devote to our campers’ other healthcare needs.

CampMeds Policies

To avoid late fees, register with CampMeds and send your campers’ prescriptions to CampMeds at least 30 days before your session start date. Pill medication taken on a routine basis will be individually packaged, sealed and sorted according to the date and time of administration by CampMeds’ affiliated, licensed pharmacy. Medication that is taken on an “as needed” basis will be packaged separately.

Review and download Camp Medical, Medication & CampMeds information.

What makes Camp Ramah Darom unique?

At Ramah Darom 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 and physical disabilities. We also focus attention on developing our campers and staff into leaders, educators and free-thinking individuals.

What ages does Camp Ramah Darom serve?

Ramah Darom now has summer programs for children entering the 2nd-11th grades!

Ta’am (Taste) of Ramah, 5-night program for rising 2nd graders

Garinim, 11-night program for rising 3rd graders

Nitzanim K’tzara, 18-night “short” session for rising 4th graders

Learn about summer programs for raising 2-4th graders.

Campers entering the 4th grade may come for Nizanim K’tzara or a 4-week session, and children entering 6th-10th grade may elect to attend either a single 4-week session or stay for 8 weeks.  Gesher Leadership Development Institute is a summer-long program for rising 11th graders. We also offer two five-day Summer Family Camps for families with children 10 and under and a variety of year-round retreats for all ages and stages.

What kind of activities will my child participate in at Camp?

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.

What are the Enrollment Policies?
What are your staff requirements and you camper to staff ratio?

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.

Is there financial assistance available for Camp?

A principal foundation of Ramah Darom’s mission is a commitment to ensure that any parent has the opportunity to give their 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.

What type of contact will I have with my child at Camp?

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.

Are parents permitted to visit Camp?

Due to the short length of each Camp session, we are not able to offer a visiting day and we do not allow parents to drop in. Please see our Camp Parent/Guardian Handbook.

Is Camp able to accommodate my child’s food allergies?

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 they require.

Please reach out to camp@ramahdarom.org with any additional questions.

What is the Kashrut policy at Camp Ramah Darom?

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).

What medical facilities do you have on-premises?

During the summer, our health center (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.

Please reach out to medical@ramahdarom.org with any additional questions.

How can I determine if my child will be ready for a sleep-away experience?

Camp readiness is an important consideration, and we know you may be wondering whether your child is ready for a first experience, or ready to make the shift from two to four weeks away. There are many ways to assess how your child might adjust to a camp setting based on current information. As we get closer to Camp, we will be sharing specific ideas on how to best prepare your child for a successful summer.

Please reach out to camp@ramahdarom.org with any questions.

How do campers get to Camp?

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 where parents can drop off their campers and some parents choose to drive their children directly to Camp. Whichever way you choose, our staff is here to support you. Please reach out to travel@ramahdarom.org with any questions.

How will my child know where everything is?

Our staff and veteran campers will help show new camper around campus. We will be offering virtual tours of our campus soon. Interested? Click here. You may also view our campus map to get a sense of where cabins and activities are located.

What kind of security does Camp have?

We have security gates at all our Camp entrances and a security booth where all visitors must check in with before entering our campus. During the summer, our Camp is guarded 24 hours a day. We have a security staff that works together with local law enforcement to patrol inside and outside the campus.

Where is Camp Ramah Darom located?

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

Where can I access applications and other forms?

Click here for Kayitz (Summer) 2022 registration information.

Contact our registrar at 404.477.1038 or andreacohen@ramahdarom.org.

Ask Us!

“Thank you for EVERYTHING! My pre-camp conversation with the medical staff was helpful, effective and made for the best summer yet. The yoetzet was amazing and showed initiative in reaching out to me (to basically tell me that everything was amazing with my kid before I even reached out to her). I had no cause for a single concern all session.”