Ramah camps are known for their excellent counselors. Ramah has such stellar staff because it invests heavily in training and retaining staff from year to year. Now, through the Ramah Service Corps, young staff alumni from across the country are being networked year-round to bring the Ramah summer experience to local communities, creating experiential education opportunities in synagogues, schools and other sites. Interns work part-time in local communities to infuse family and youth programming with spirited and creative Shabbat and holiday activities, cultural arts, and Israel education.
The Ramah Service Corps was recognized as one of the nation’s 50 most innovative Jewish nonprofits by Slingshot ’12-’13, a resource guide for Jewish innovation. “The Ramah Service Corps leverages the experience, skills, and extraordinary motivation of our young staff to encourage deeper Jewish engagement through camp-style programming,” says Amy Skopp Cooper, associate director of the National Ramah Commission. “Corps members effectively spread the power and magic of Ramah camping.” The Ramah Service Corps program, now in its third year, is supported by the Foundation for Jewish Camp. For more information, visit www.campramah.org.