The Tikvah program at Camp Ramah is designed for Jewish adolescents, ages 11 to 18, with learning, emotional, and developmental disabilities. The Tikvah campers, known as the Amitzim group at camp, are included in all the programs at Camp Ramah. All of the campers come to camp for the same reasons: to have fun, make friends, and learn about Jewish things. They are included with their non-disabled peers throughout the day. During the academic hour, a teacher with special education training is able to provide self contained education to those campers for whom it is more appropriate.
Along with the regular Ramah programming, Tikvah campers are fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved in many special programs in camp. A buddy program pairs Tikvah campers with campers from our oldest group. Buddies learn about each other and work on special projects while making new friends. In addition, time is spent with the Madors (counselors in training) and the Lishma adult studies program. Our programming is designed to increase independent living and self-help skills.
The counselor/camper ratio is greater in the Amitzim tents, to provide increased individual attention. Counselors in the Tikvah program have prior experiences as Ramah counselors, and receive an intensive special training during staff week. An advisor with experience in working with children with special needs is available at all times.
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