Summer 2021 Frequently Asked Questions

How are you planning for Kayitz 2021?

We know that the world is in a constant state of change with new information unfolding almost daily. Amidst this unpredictability, we have crafted a simple philosophy to guide us and provide stability in planning and decision making for next summer. 

 

בטחון SafetySafety first

 

Safety is our guiding principle, followed closely by all the elements that make up our camp’s ruach (spirit). Keeping our chanichim (campers) and tzevet (staff) healthy and protected will guide us in making decisions for what we can and can’t do, and how we may need to adjust along the way. We will continue to work with our medical committee, our COVID task force, and local and governments to help guide our planning. We will examine trends and data and will base all decisions on the latest science, government regulations, and best practices we see across the Ramah and broader summer camp community.

 

Our focus this summer is to GET KIDS TO CAMP — in one space, away from technology, and playing together. We won’t compromise our wonderful education and programming, but our primary focus and goal will be to maintain the essence of camp and togetherness.

 

ביחד TogetherWe are Stronger Together 

 

We are committed to keeping our community connected and keeping the spirit of Ramah alive. As we have done since March, we are thinking about how to give meaning to our families, campers, and staff during these difficult times, in a Camp Ramah in Canada way. We recognize that a summer away from camp with a 22-month gap, as opposed to a 10-month gap between summers, requires a greater need for connectedness.

With so much uncertainty, I’d rather hold off and enroll in January. Is there a reason to enroll now?

Here are some of our reasons why enrolling your children now makes a difference to us all.

 

Partnership

 

Enrolling early is an investment in camp. It allows us to anticipate enrollment numbers and income so we can plan for a super summer, maintain our year-round team, hire exceptional staff early in the fall season before other opportunities open up for them, and plan programming and materials better. Help us have the best summer ever – enroll now!

From camp’s perspective, enrolling early is the most important way that you can be our partner in ensuring a strong Kayitz 2021. Thank you!

 

Planning

 

The earlier you register, the longer you will have to pay and, therefore the lower your monthly payment will be. Camp fees need to be paid in full by February 28, so enrolling now will make a real difference.

 

Even if you can’t start making payments right away, we want you to know that we are here to work with you and create a plan that reflects your circumstance.

 

Peace of Mind

 

Not only does enrolling early check a box off of your to-do list, but it allows you to secure your child’s spot for Kayitz 2021. While we are planning to operate at full capacity, we are aware that for safety reasons or by province mandate, it could be necessary to have a smaller number of campers per session. 

 

Enrolling for camp takes some uncertainty out of this uncertain time. It’s simply good for the soul for you and your child to have something to look forward to and to focus on a summer together rather than the one we missed.

Why have you added a new security levy?

Over the past year we have focused on improving security. We will continue to make this a priority and going forward this will include additional camera coverage, gates and fencing, and closer coordination with local law enforcement. As with most Jewish organizations, we feel strongly that these improvements are necessary and will continue for the foreseeable future. They also come with significant costs and we are asking our families to help us make continued investment in this vital area.

 

We are in the process of finalizing a Security Infrastructure Grant from Public Safety Canada. The funds raised by the security levy will ensure that we can meet the government match and thereby dramatically improving the physical security of camp.

Will Ramah be offering programs during the academic year ?

One of our guiding principles this year is קהילה/community. To that end, keeping our community connected during the coming year through programming is essential and we will definitely be offering virtual programming starting in the fall. We plan to partner with our families, community rabbis, and schools to see how Camp Ramah can best support our chanichim (campers) and keep the Ramah spirit strong. We will continue to offer our popular Havdallah BaBayit after Shabbbat on Zoom on a monthly basis, featuring the voices of many of our Ramah alumni, staff, and campers. As we do every fall, we will offer our SNL (Saturday Night Live) programming — which may look a little bit different — but will offer fun games and activities for our current and future campers. 

 

Stay tuned for more information about our year-round programming.

Sign me up! Tell me how I begin the enrollment process.

We’re so excited to have you join us for Kayitz 2021! You can start the enrollment process here. 

Will you be offering refunds if camp is cancelled?

In the event that we cannot safely operate our summer programming in 2021 and Ramah cancels prior to the beginning of summer sessions, families will be eligible for a full refund. . 

 

Should a family choose to cancel enrollment, refunds would be subject to our regular cancellation policy that can be found in the Terms & Conditions section of our online application.

Will my 2020 scholarship carry over for next year?

Families will need to reapply for scholarship. We evaluate each year independently and we want to provide as much support as possible given any current situation your family may be facing.

This coming year we are very pleased that we will be using a new scholarship portal that will be even easier to use. Stay tuned for more information on this new scholarship portal in October.

What edah should I enroll my child in for summer 2021?

You should enroll your child based on the grade level they are in during the 2020-2021 school year. Our creative and talented camp staff are already working on ways to give campers a taste of special rituals and activities they may have missed last summer. However, our focus will be on having all of our Ramahniks continue on their Ramah journey by moving ahead according to their current grade. 

Will you be offering Visitors’ Day in 2021?

As of now, Visitors’ Day 2021 will be held on Sunday, July 25. We will let you know well in advance of any changes to our plans for Visitors’ Day.

How will I know whether my child will be ready for a sleep-away experience after so much time at home?

Camp readiness is an important consideration in any summer and we know you may be wondering whether your child is ready for a first experience, or ready to make the shift from two to four weeks away. We know we currently can’t rely on practice sleep-overs or overnight school trips as indicators. However, there are many ways to assess how your child might adjust to a camp setting based on current information. Please reach out to Naomi Dzaldov, our Camper Care and Intake Coordinator, to arrange to speak about how to make the best determination for your child for Kayitz (summer) 2021.

How is camp preparing to meet the social and emotional needs of kids given the current COVID reality?

Each summer, our staff prepare to acclimate first-time campers to the experience of being away from home and to support kids in making new friends and in leaving behind the digital world. They guide children and teens in their efforts to try out new skills as they stretch beyond their comfort zone. While we know that our campers have experienced disruption to their lives in countless ways, we are confident that the camp setting remains a place where kids can relax and have fun, connect with friends, explore Judaism, and feel a sense of belonging. This coming summer, we know that providing an environment of warmth and structure will be particularly important for our campers. We have an exceptional team of camper care professionals who will continue the work of meeting campers where they are at and partnering with both staff and parents to support a successful session at camp.

We commit to continue our pattern of regular, open communication with you.

We are already actively working with our colleagues at National Ramah and across the camping industry to engage in contingency planning with regards to how we will be able to operate our camps safely, securely, and according to our values next summer. 

We expect that the situation will continue to remain dynamic for months to come. Federal or local guidelines may evolve and require changes to our projected return to normalcy. We promise to continue our pattern of regular, open communication to our camper families regarding how the COVID-19 pandemic may continue to impact Camp Ramah in Canada, and our plans for summer 2021.

As always, feel free to reach out to us if you have any questions. Email Aviva at aviva@campramah.com or call 416-789-2193 x2137.

We Are All In This Together

We appreciate your trust and your patience. Six months ago we couldn’t have imagined the possibility of a ‘canceled summer’ let alone the notion that this pandemic would still be casting a shadow of uncertainty on the coming off-season as well. We also could not have imagined the countless new and exciting ways we have discovered to deliver our mission through the meaningful year-round engagement of our campers, staff, and families via our digital platforms. 

 

So what CAN we imagine? We can certainly imagine the feeling of Opening Day in Summer 2021. We can imagine giving your child a joyful, Jewish experience next summer, and we all know that what our kids need and deserve most of all right now is camp!

 

If your questions weren’t answered here, please email Aviva to schedule a time to speak further.

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