At Ramah Darom we bring together a diverse community of talented, experienced, nurturing staff, offer outstanding programs rooted in a strong foundation of Jewish education and infuse a love of Israeli culture and Jewish heritage into everything we do. At Camp Ramah Darom. 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 for campers with neurodevelopmental and physical disabilities. We also focus attention on developing our campers and staff into leaders, educators and free-thinking individuals.
Ramah Darom has summer programs for children entering the 2nd-11th grades as well as a Tikvah Vocational Education Program for young adults. Below is a list of our aidot (age divisions).
|Aidot||Hebrew||Rising Grade||Program Length|
|נִצָנִים קְצָרָה||4th Grade||18-nights|
|Tikvah Vocational Education Program||12th+||4-weeks|
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 one or two 4-week sessions. Camp Ramah Darom’s Gesher Leadership Program is an 8-week experience for rising 11th graders. Ramah Darom also offers a variety of year-round retreats for all ages and stages.
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.
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.
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.
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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 health center (MARP) is staffed at all times with two physicians and four 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.
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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.
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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 email@example.com with any questions.
Our staff and veteran campers will help show new campers around campus. We also offer virtual tours of our campus.
Keeping our campus secure is the result of collaborative efforts between the Security Committee of our Board of Directors, our professional staff, the Rabun County Sheriff’s Department, the Secure Community Network and a local security firm with whom we contract. Among our key safety protocols for the summer:
- All entrances to our Clayton campus are gated, and our perimeter is secured to prevent vehicle entry.
- A uniformed Sheriff’s Deputy is stationed 24/7 at a security building at the first entrance to our campus, and a law enforcement vehicle is always clearly visible at that entrance. The Deputy on duty has access to an extensive network of security cameras positioned throughout our facility.
- All visitors must check in at the security building before entering our campus.
- Through our partnership with a local security firm, we hire plain-clothed Georgia law enforcement officers who live at Camp throughout the summer and continuously patrol our campus.
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
Our year-round business office address is 6400 Powers Ferry Road, Suite 215, Atlanta, GA 30339
“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.”