Campers with Disabilities

The Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah in the Poconos is continuously growing and evolving to offer new opportunities for Jewish children with Disabilities.  We strive to serve campers with a wide range of disabilities including developmental and intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, ADHD, learning differences and neurological impairments.

The Tikvah Program provides campers with incredible opportunities for growth in the areas of Jewish identity, socialization, independence, and much more.  The Tikvah Program is an integral part of the Camp Ramah in the Poconos community and currently consists of three tracks: Inclusion (in typical bunks with varying levels of support), Yedidim (our residential camp program that provides a higher level of support), and Tikvah Family Camp (weeklong family camp at the end of the summer).


Camp Ramah in the Poconos is proud to offer an inclusive community in which campers learn to value each other’s strengths and differences in a unique and accepting environment.  Our inclusion program offers campers who require some extra support the opportunity to fully participate in all aspects of our camp program while living and learning with their peers.  Some campers who have participated in this program have been characterized as having ADHD, learning disabilities and autism spectrum disorders.  Inclusion campers are accommodated by their bunk counselors, activity specialists and rashei edot (division heads).  In addition, they also benefit from the assistance of the Tikvah Director who works closely with our staff to recognize each child’s strengths and needs and to help each camper successfully navigate camp!


The Tikvah Residential Program (Yedidim) at Camp Ramah in the Poconos offers campers ages 12-17 the complete scope of Ramah’s activities. We strive to serve campers with a wide range of disabilities, including developmental and intellectual disabilities, autism spectrum disorders, and neurological impairments.

The highly structured day offers various opportunities to learn and grow through real camp experience. Campers will participate in classic camp activities, such as swimming and boating, athletics, performing and visual arts, and outdoor adventure, while returning to their brand new bunks.

Vocational Program

Participants in the vocational program at Ramah Poconos work in the camp coffee shop, YediBean, where they sell iced coffee, lemonade, and iced tea to staff members three times a week. Participants shop for ingredients, prepare beverages, sell the products, and handle money. Throughout the summer, participants in the program have the opportunity to develop skills and accumulate experiences that help them reach their social, independent living, and work-readiness goals. Job coaching and weekly classes enforce these vocational skills.

Jewish Living

Campers in Yedidim  will be fully immersed in Jewish life and Hebrew language. From spirited morning prayers to daily interactions with Israeli staff, to Hebrew singing and dancing in the Chadar Ochel (dining hall), Yedidim  campers enjoy and celebrate Judaism and Jewish culture.

Health and Safety

Specially trained counselors, a Rosh Edah (Division Head), and a year-round Tikvah Director monitor each camper’s special needs. Counselors assist as needed with self-care, and medical staff are always available if issues arise.

For more information regarding our program, please contact our Tikvah Director, Orlee Krass at