FAQs

Where is Camp located?

Camp Ramah in the Poconos is nestled in the Pocono Mountains of Northeastern Pennsylvania. Our summer address is:

Camp Ramah in the Poconos – 2618 Upper Woods Road – Lakewood, PA 18439

For complete directions to camp, please contact our winter office at 215-885-8556 or info@ramahpoconos.org.

How do campers get to camp?

Generally speaking, most of our campers arrive by means of charter buses which depart from key locations within our region. If you child lives in Philadelphia, South Jersey, Harrisburg, or Baltimore, typically we have charter buses leaving from those locations. However, campers living outside those regions often come by  family car or other arrangements . We are happy to discuss all travel possibilities with you and your family.

Does Camp offer Financial Aid?

Yes, Camp Ramah in the Poconos offers financial aid packages for families who are in need of assistance in sending their child to camp. We work hard to ensure that almost every child can attend our camp programs. Please contact the camp office to request a scholarship form. We also suggest that you be in contact with your local rabbi, your Jewish Federation, and the Foundation for Jewish Camp’s ‘One Happy Camper’ Scholarship, to see if you are eligible for a new-camper incentive.

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

Camp Ramah in the Poconos can accommodate almost any allergy. Our nut sensitive kitchen does not use any peanuts or tree nuts  in any of our food preparation during the course of the summer. We also are able to accommodate lactose intolerance and certain wheat allergies as well. If you have any questions regarding your child’s allergies, we would be happy to put you in touch with our year-round nutritionist. Please contact our Associate Director, Michelle Sugarman for more further information at michelles@ramahpoconos.org.

Can campers request a friend to be in the same bunk?

Yes. Part of the application process is making ‘bunk’ requests; your child may make up to three bunk requests each spring. Whenever possible we try to honor those requests, though we cannot guarantee that all choices will be honored.

How does your camp handle wellness?

Camp Ramah in the Poconos has a long-standing tradition of medical excellence starting with our top-notch staff of doctors and nurses who live at camp and are available 24/7 to our campers and staff. In addition to making certain your child receives their necessary medicines, our staff is responsive to day-to-day needs during sick call, as well as during times of emergencies.

My child has special needs, can they come to camp?

Yes! We are happy to offer a number of different options for campers with special needs. Whether at our Day Camp or our Tikvah Family Camp, and now with a brand-new residential and inclusion program at our overnight camp, we believe strongly that our camp community should be an inclusive one. If you are interested in determining which program might be right for your child, please contact Orlee Krass, our Tikvah Director, at orleek@ramahpoconos.org  regarding your family’s specific situation and we will do everything possible to ensure a successful summer for your child at Camp Ramah.If you are interested in our Tikvah Family Camp, please click here  for more information.

How do I communicate with my child during camp?

We encourage parents to write letters to their children or sign up for our email service which delivers your emails to your children up at camp. These letters and emails are delivered 6 days a week. In turn, your child will write regular letters and postcards to you, encouraged by our tradition of Yom Do’ar (Mail Day) when every camper writes a letter home several times a week.

Can I visit camp before enrolling my child?

We offer scheduled tours of camp during the camping season for you, your family, and your child to come and experience Camp Ramah in the Poconos for yourselves. These day-tours will give you a taste of what a Day in the Life of Ramah would look like for your future Ramahnik. We also offer two Prospective Family Days at our overnight camp facility each summer, a chance for your child and a few friends from school or synagogue to visit camp together with a large group! Tours can be scheduled through our Communications Director, Michele Hasit, at micheleh@ramahpoconos.org.

Are there opportunities for me to visit my child at camp?

Every year in between our sessions we offer a Visitors’ Day where parents, grandparents, friends and alumni can come and visit camp; this year Visiting Day is on July 16th. In addition to Visiting Day, we also have limited, first-come first-serve spaces in our Guest House for you to visit camp over a weekend. Experiencing a Shabbat at camp is often a very meaningful opportunity for our visiting families.