● Brit HaMachane /Ramah Community Agreement: Please go over the Brit Hamachaneh with your campers. Campers each have the power to create positive – and negative – realities for their peers and staff. We are committed to fostering a culture of kindness at camp and need the active participation of everyone to make this a reality. We will be returning to these principles with campers at the start of camp and throughout the summer as appropriate.
● Staff Training: A significant component of working to ensure camper safety and wellbeing at camp is through staff training and support. This will occur during staff week before campers arrive and throughout the summer. We do some training in-house, with our Directors, Yoetzot and others, as well as through bringing expert consultants and trainers.
Our training will help us make our policies and values a reality in camp. You are welcome to read over our staff policies here on our website.
● Sending Your Kid to Camp: It can be difficult to let our kids go. We encourage you to see camp as a safe place in which your kids can grow and thrive. We have a robust team of adults who are all a part of our camper care team. This includes our Directors and team of five yoatzot who meet regularly during camp to coordinate and respond to the needs of our campers.
Your child’s yoetzet is your best, first stop for all camper care needs. Please see the Summer Services email for more information.
● Photos: Camp photos will be posted 3 to 4 times per week in your campintouch portal. We will do our best to include photos of every camper each week.
Please note, some campers do not like to be photographed while others run to the camera – we try to honour both! This means that your camper may be in fewer photos than peers by his or her choice at the time.
There are some items that are important to note that you should not bring to camp:
PHONES: Please, please, please do not send or allow your camper to bring a phone to camp. Nothing detracts more from the camp experience than having phones in the bunks. They detract from the growth of interpersonal relationships andfrom the power of experiencing the moment at camp. Any phones that are found will be confiscated, labeled, and left locked until the end of the summer. If you are concerned about communication with your camper, please reach out to your camper’s yoetzet.
No Cooking Items: Please do not send any cooking items to camp. These include hotpots, snack masters and any other cooking devices. These items present a serious risk for burns and fire, in addition to the concerns over pests, allergies andkashrut. All cooking items will be confiscated and donated to a local community resource centre.
No Drinks: Last summer we permitted campers to bring their own drinks to camp. This was possible due to the fact that all campers were dropped off at camp. We are not able to accommodate bringing cases of drinks up to camp. The water at camp is very good to drink– but if your camper is concerned about the taste, please consider purchasing drink flavouring drops like Mio.
No Spitz/ Sunflower Seeds: Please do not send spitz/sunflower seeds to camp. These are problematic due to hygiene, camp cleanliness, and allergy-related issues.