L’DOR V’DOR, FROM GENERATION TO GENERATION
Since 1953, the JCC Ranch Camp has been creating Jewish memories and friendships that last a lifetime. Located in Colorado’s magnificent Black Forest, the Ranch Camp provides children entering grades 2-11 with a truly western Jewish experience. Over the last 60 years of operation, JCC Ranch Camp has established a strong tradition of community that is built around and devoted to our campers. It is a place where life-long friendships are born, Jewish identities are discovered and nourished, and children are challenged to grow in mind, body and spirit.
Jamie Bevis aged 31 – Ranch Camp Counselor (Specialist and General. Sports, Cabin, 2-4, 5 and 6th Grade boys and Mini Boys). 2000 to 2001 and return visitor 2003 and 2004. I attended Ranch Camp in 2000 and 2001 after I was assigned by Camp America and had never been to Colorado before, however I had traveled to the United States, specifically to the east and west coasts and to the cities of New York, Washington, Los Angeles and Orlando. I have been to forty eight countries approximately in my lifetime. The character and personality of American people always inspired a desire to travel and visit the US of A; I have a real connection with the culture. As a Christian I am quite unique as I have every faith within my family including a Jewish background through my Great, Great, Great Grandparents in Norway, my family name is Gronland where my Great, Great Grandfather was the High Bishop of Oslo and has a road named after him and sculpture made of him. I had no preconceptions about the environment. I live in a small rural county in England which has a background in farming, nature and history. I was pleasantly surprised by the similarities between where I live and Elizabeth, Colorado, as the other States I had been to were so different. I have always worked hard at school and in England we leave school at sixteen to attend work or College. I worked in Childcare, Soccer and studied Information Technology. The Camp America programme was extremely difficult to be accepted on. Out of the entire number of applicants, it is like X-Factor, only a few in England were accepted because it is one of the best programmes around that changes lives and gives lifelong experiences and memories. I was really lucky that the Jewish Community Centre family chose me and I enjoyed every experience that Ranch Camp offered. What have I done since camp? I have been a Police Officer, a Civil Engineer within the Public Transportation Department. I work as a Sports Coach and Instructor in Archery, Soccer, Hockey and Basketball. I am studying further in Sport and Childcare at University level. I have graduated Higher University Level Education twice. . Fond memories include camping out at the various camp sites. Building facilities such as an Archery range, Corral fencing and a Volleyball court, working and experiencing every activity from Riding to Swimming and programme activities such as Capture the Flag, Wishes and Macciabia. I introduced a Mini Olympics Programme Event which I worked on with Polly Hall who is also an inspirational and talented person to work with. The Judaic Sports are legendary, thank you for teaching… Read more
Dear Ranch Camp, Happy Hanukkah and Thanksgiving! Hanukkah is one of my all-time favorite Jewish holidays and here, I would love to share with you what it was like for me to celebrate the joy of Hanukkah growing up in Israel. First of all, as kids in Israel, we all got a week off from… Read more
Autumn is definitely my favorite time of year. I love the change in weather, the trees changing color, getting to wear comfy sweaters, and above all, I love the holiday traditions that span the fall months. Thanksgiving has got to be one of the best American holidays, ever. Does it get much better than celebrating… Read more
In addition to beginning to plan for the upcoming 2014 camping season, Gilad and I find ourselves also busy preparing to become new parents in approximately three months. We recently started Jewish Baby University (JBU) classes through the JCC, which are not only helping us gain important knowledge about items related to delivery and infant… Read more