The Ranch Program, the flagship program of the Ranch Camp, is jam-packed with non-stop high-energy fun from the minute campers wake up in the morning until long after the sun goes down! Through traditional activities and those they never even dreamed they might try, campers test their personal limits.
In the nurturing camp environment, kids learn to shed others’ expectations of who they should be and become at ease with who they are.
Ranch Camp Activities
- Arts and Crafts
- Horseback riding
- Israeli dance and culture
- Low and high ropes course
- Mountain Biking
- Teva Farm and Teva Wildlife
- Capture the Flag
- Song sessions and Music
- Swimming and swim lessons
- Talent shows
- And way more!
Freedom of Choice – Daily Chugim
Empowering campers to have control over what they choose to pursue and experience at camp is very important to us at the Ranch Camp. Each day campers are given two activity periods where they are presented with the opportunity to select what they love to do. These times are called “chugim” which means electives. Some of these chugim are daily free choice activities and some of them are week long explorations. Some examples of chugim activities are:
- Ropes Course, Swimming, Archery, Sports, Drama, Dance, Art and Teva.
- Fort Building
- Outdoor Cooking
- Ranch Camp Newspaper/Outdoor Poetry
- Anything you can imagine! Many activities are on a weekly basis by our staff members and often reflect both their individual talents and the desire of campers.
During a time of life when so much is structured in the daily lives of our campers, we feel strongly about providing multiple opportunities for campers to express themselves freely through their choices and we encourage campers to have the courage to follow their passions.
At camp every activity is challenge by choice. Staff members are trained to encourage campers to try new activities and to step out of their comfort zones but no camper is ever forced to go beyond what they are comfortable with and are instead celebrated when they achieve their personal best!
Being Jewish at Camp (It’s the best!)
Being Jewish at camp is seriously the best. Camp is an amazing community where campers meet Jewish mentors and have the space and support to discover what being Jewish means to them. At the Ranch Camp we are so proud to be Jewish and show that by introducing Jewish values throughout everyday at camp. Going to the high ropes course is so much more then just touching the top of the rock wall. It’s about friendship, supporting each other and the concept of im lo achshav eimatai ( ‘ואם לא עכשיו אימת) or “if not now, when?”
One of the most amazing days at camp is Shabbbat. On Friday night we start to slow down. We gather as a camp community to enjoy an unforgettable service outside. This beautiful service is followed by a delicious dinner shared together by the whole community. Then we sing and dance the night away outside under the Colorado sky. Saturday starts with a short trek to Eddie’s Corner, our outdoor space for morning services, nestled in the trees and often visited mid-service by a couple of our horses. Then we enjoy a hands-on Shiur and kiddish lunch. The rest of Shabbat we enjoy a full afternoon of free choice activities, chocolate canteen and, finally, havdallah.
Ranch Camp staff join us each year from all over the world and bring with them a wide range of experience and talents that they are excited to share with our camp family. Staff members are often RC alumni themselves and return to camp for multiple summers throughout their university years and beyond!
Staff must attend a week-long, intensive staff training program where we work with our staff on identifying and responding to safety concerns, building a strong cabin dynamic, identifying conflict and bullying, creating unforgettable cabin programming, and how to provide the best care possible, inspiring their campers to challenge themselves and to be who they are. Staff members that provide specialty activities at camp such as horseback riding, high ropes, archery, and life guarding receive additional intensive training (and certifications) necessary to facilitate these activities.
Staff members go through a thorough hiring process, must be certified in CPR/First Aid and complete background checks.
To view our 2014 camp staff profiles click here. 2015 staff profiles will be posted prior to the summer!