Your child will be strongly encouraged to write home at least once a week. Parents/Guardians may also communicate with their camper(s) through letters and Bunk Notes (see information below). In order to assist parents in communicating with Camp and check on the status of their camper(s), Camp maintains a staff of Yoetzim (Parent Liaisons). These skilled senior staff members have extensive experience in working with children and will answer any questions you may have about your camper’s summer. Learn more about Camper Care and Yoetzim at Ramah Darom.
Prior to Camp, you will receive an email with the guideline for communicating with Camp as well as a list of the names of the Yoetzim (Parent Liaisons) assigned to each aidah (division) for each session.
Campers are required to write home twice a week.
Letters sent through the USPS may take some time to arrive home. If this happens, don’t worry as “no news is good news”! If you receive a homesick letter from your child, or are just concerned, please call Camp and ask for the Yoetz/et. Your child’s Yoetz/et will check out the situation and get back to you within 24 hours.
Please write your child often!
You should send your first letters to Camp one to two weeks prior to the start of the Camp session, as mail service to Clayton can be slow. Please allow at least a week for mail delivery, as there is no mail pickup at Camp between Friday and Monday.
Address all mail to your camper(s) as follows:
Camp Ramah Darom
70 Darom Lane
Clayton, GA 30525
Flat Package Policy
Camp Ramah Darom will only accept flat envelopes up to 12”x15” for magazines, photos, or books. Small items such as stickers, pens, and rubber bracelets are permitted as long as they fit inside the flat envelope.
DO NOT SEND FOOD, CANDY or GUM. Any food sent to Camp will be disposed of. Packages that are not flat and or larger than 12”x15” may be returned to the sender at the senders’ expense.*
*For the avid readers among our Camp community, we will accept boxes mailed from Amazon containing BOOKS ONLY.
*Should your child forget an item (e.g., sunscreen, water bottle or sandals) please be in touch with your child’s Yoetz/et. Often, they are able to obtain these items for your camper avoiding the wait and hassle of shipping something to Camp. If an item still needs to be sent, after obtaining permission, please address the package to Camper’s Name, Aidah Name, c/o Yoetz/et Name.
Phone Calls at Camp
Unless it is an emergency, campers do not speak to parents on the phone. Please note that cell phones are not permitted at Camp. If a camper brings a cell phone, it will be collected and held in the Camp office safe until the end of the session.
If you are concerned about your child’s well-being, or if you want to find out how your camper is doing, please leave a message for the Yoetz/et. Contact information for Yoetzim will be emailed to you before Camp begins. The Yoetz/et will research the situation and get back to you within 24 hours. Please note that messages left for the Yoetzim on Friday afternoons are not generally returned until Sunday morning. In addition, most of the Yoetzim are off on Wednesdays. Messages left on Wednesday will be returned on Thursday morning.
If the situation is an emergency, please follow the emergency contact procedure as outlined under “Parent Logistics.”
During the summer, Drishat Shalom will be emailed every Friday before Shabbat. This weekly news update will summarize the week and touch on intangible aspects of the Ramah Experience – the magical parts of Camp that photos and videos cannot capture.
News & Updates from Camp
In addition to the letters parents will be receiving from their child(ren), our BUNK1 photo galleries, regular videos, aidah updates and pre-Shabbat news updates (Drishat Shalom), updates on BUNK1 will help parents stay connected with all the fun happening at Camp.