While there is still snow on the ground in parts of the northeast and most people are ready to transition from winter to spring, camp professionals think about summer all year long! We hire staff, recruit campers, host reunions, plan programs and participate in professional development. It is so important to share experiences with other camp professionals and to learn from them.
At Ramah, the camping arm of Conservative Judaism, we are excited to share our experiences in inclusive camping with colleagues from throughout the Jewish camping world.
That's one reason why the National Ramah Tikvah Network is looking forward to hosting an in-person seminar (which will also be presented as a webinar) entitled, “How Inclusive Camping Benefits Typical Campers, Campers with Disabilities, and Camp’s Bottom Line.”
Our National Ramah Tikvah Network includes overnight camp programs, day camp programs, family camps and retreats and vocational education. Some 250 campers with disabilities participate in Ramah programs each summer, staffed by 240 young adults.
The webinar will take place this Wednesday, March 25, at 12 pm at The Jewish Theological Seminary (JTS) in New York City. As the Director of the Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah New England and the Director of the National Ramah Tikvah Network, I will present various models of camping for people with disabilities, and will discuss what we mean by “inclusion.” The session will address challenges and successes of inclusive camping for all campers — those with disabilities as well as neurotypical campers. I will share tips for facilitating successful inclusion camping. Camp directors, counselors, and all people interested in inclusive camping are invited to participate.
You may register for the webinar here. If you would like to attend in person at JTS or need additional information, please contact Orlee Krass, National Ramah Tikvah Network Coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The Ramah Camping Movement is committed to helping train the field of Jewish disabilities camping. We look forward to offering future sessions.