Parent Visitation Policy

Updated 2023

As Summer 2023 approaches, we are excited for camp to resemble summers prior to COVID. As we enter a year where we can make decisions dictated less by the impact of COVID, our new parent visitation policy is based on a thoughtful evaluation of creating the best possible overnight camp experience for your child and our community.

Our plan for Summer 2023 is to return to a pre-COVID policy regarding day guests and visitors who support our programmatic needs and goals. We intend to continue bringing community partners such as clergy and synagogue team visits, as well as visits by leadership in the Conservative Movement, foundations, federations, trainers, educators, and stakeholders.

Additionally, we are planning for a return to in-person Visiting Day in Lakewood, PA. Details regarding an in-person Visiting Day at Camp Ramah in the Poconos will be shared as we get closer to the start of the summer.

One area with an intentional change this summer is our Shabbat Parent Visitation Policy. We will no longer host current camper parents for overnight Shabbat weekend visits. From an operational standpoint, as our program continues to grow, there is a need to hire additional summer staff and fully use our housing options to support our program. Additionally, there is a growing trend in the camping movement to maintain the routines and rhythms of the camper’s experience. It is our philosophy that camp is an intentional place. The invaluable skills of growth, independence, and maturity gained at camp are the result of the ‘camp bubble’ created through purposeful protocols and a strong reminder of the reasons why you send your child to Camp Ramah in the Poconos. We can’t wait for you to see camp through your child’s eyes on Visiting Day and at the end of the summer and appreciate your support and understanding of our new approach.