OUR PROGRAMS

MANY DISTINCT EXPERIENCES

One singular focus on fun. 

Overview

A camp you can grow with

Campers move through daily activities in small kvutzot (groups), joining together with their eidah (age division) for tefillah (prayer), sports, instructional swim and free swim.  Younger campers sample most of the camp activities to get a “taste” of each one; older campers choose from a variety of electives including rocketry, pottery, archery, woodworking, soccer, basketball, tennis, baseball, drama, dance, science, strategic games and more.

All this activity happens in a Jewish framework – incorporating Hebrew words into a swim lesson, dancing to Israeli music, packing toiletry kits for people in need as part of a Tzedakah (charity) project.  As Jewish values and traditions are blended into the fun and friendship of camp – a magical feeling of community and belonging emerge.

Three boys in orange camp ramah day camp shirts.
ENTERING PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN

Chaverim

4 & 8 – Week Experiences

This warm and welcoming program offers a high camper to staff ratio to ensure that our youngest campers get all the help and support they need as they move through the camp day participating in many different activities and learning their way around camp.

Two girls underwater wearing goggles.
ENTERING GRADE 1

AMITZIM

4 & 8 – Week Experiences

New and returning campers become familiar with camp traditions, songs and cheers as they enjoy all that camp has to offer.

A boy shooting with a bow and arrow.
ENTERING GRADE 2

BONIM

4 & 8 – Week Experiences

Bonim are the oldest of our youngest campers!  They expand on their swim, sports, art and tefillah skills and take more active roles in camp activities.

Boys standing in front of a archery bullseye.
ENTERING GRADE 3

Giborim

4 & 8 – Week Experiences

As the youngest of our oldest campers, Giborim can shape aspects of their camp experience by choosing activities to match their interests.

A boy running and giving a thumbs up.
ENTERING GRADE 4

Kochavim

4 & 8 Week Experiences

Kochavim build on their choice of electives based on their interests. The focus shifts from individual groups to the larger grade level group as a community develops and long-lasting friendships begin to form.

Two boys giving a thumbs up to the camera.
ENTERING GRADES 5 & 6

Gar-hal

4 & 8 – Week Experiences

Gar-Hal, our nickname for the Garinim (5th) and Halutzim (6th grade) program, is a special summer filled with daily challenges, skill building, and leadership opportunities.  Gar-Hal leaves camp one day each week for special field trips.

Kids playing in an outdoor pool.
ENTERING GRADES 7 & 8

Gesher

8 – Week Experience

Gesher, the Hebrew word for bridge, links the best parts of the camper experience with unique leadership opportunities.

A group of young counselors working together.
SPECIALTY PROGRAM – ENTERING GRADES 9 & 10

COUNSELORS-IN-TRAINING

8-Week Experience

The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) program provides entering 9th and 10th graders with opportunities to assist and learn from activity counselors and madrichim (counselors) within the caring and fun atmosphere of Ramah. A Rosh Eidah (division head) serves as the CIT trainer.

Girls in a tree house looking outside a window.
SPECIALTY PROGRAM – ENTERING GRADES 1, 2 & 3

Sha’ar Chicago Hebrew Immersion

8-Week Experience

Boker Tov Machaneh Ramah Yomi! (Good morning Ramah Day Camp!) For decades, chanichim (campers) have been greeted with this iconic phrase each morning as they enter camp. Ramah Day Camp has a proud history of interweaving Hebrew language into the day’s activities through the use of activity names, songs, and stories.

Summer 2022

registration is now open!