At Camp Ramah in the Poconos, we take seriously our responsibility of “taking care of other people’s children.” Nothing is more important to us than giving our camp families the confidence that we are taking the best care possible of their children. It is our intention to help each camper feel safe and cared for by paying attention to each camper and ensuring up to date systems to train and oversee our staff.
Caring for your child
We create concentric circles of care to support each child at camp, beginning with your direct bunk staff and expanding to their Rosh Edah (unit leader), Yoetzet (camper care liaison), the Director of Camper Care, the medical team and our Directors. We strive for partnership with the parents/guardians of our campers to help set up each camper for a successful experience.
Camper Care Professionals
Yoatzim (parent liaisons/advisors) make up the majority of our camper care team, overseen by our Director of Camper Care and Staff Development, Rachael Abrams, LCSW-C. These adult staff members, equipped with diverse skills including backgrounds in working with children, are hired to support a wide spectrum of issues with campers and staff. The Yoetzet is your primary contact person to share information, ask questions, or address concerns you have regarding your child. In early June, you will receive the name of your child’s yoetzet and contact information to use in the summer.
Our Bunk Staff
Counselors & Specialists
At Camp Ramah in the Poconos, we pride ourselves on having a high staff to camper ratio both in the bunk and across camp. Between 2 and 4 staff members reside in each bunk with our campers, and they fall into two groups. First are our primary counselors, most of whom grew up at camp and choose to return on staff, and are responsible for day-to-day camper support and creating the overall experience for our campers. The second group are Shlichim, young Israeli adult emissaries who opt to work at camp, either as part of their pre- or post-army experience. They bring an infusion of Hebrew and Israeli culture into the camper experience.
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We are also fortunate to have a high percentage of adult staff who choose to spend their summers at camp. Many of these adults are experience educators who bring with them years of knowledge and experience working with kids from early childhood education, through high school and university settings. These adults work in different programmatic areas of camp, and offer their knowledge, talents and skillsets to instruct and teach our campers across a wide spectrum of activities.