Staff FAQs

  1. Where is Ranch Camp located?

    Ranch Camp is located on 400 acres of ranch land in Colorado’s Black Forest. The camp is located approximately 50 miles southeast of Denver and approximately 30 miles northeast of Colorado Springs.

  2. How do I get to camp?

    By Air
    Staff fly into Denver International Airport (DEN) and Ranch Camp provides pick-up and drop-off for staff members to and from the airport upon their arrival and departure.

    By Car
    Staff member may drive their personal vehicles to camp. Please contact the camp office for directions to the camp.

  3. Who are the directors?

    Ranch Camp Co-Directors, Miriam and Gilad Shwartz
    Miriam Shwartz has a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from the University of Arizona, graduating Summa Cum Laude and with Honors. Miriam attended Ranch Camp as a camper and has worked as a counselor since 1999; she met her husband and now co-director, Gilad, while working at the camp in 2001; 2015 will be Miriam’s 19th summer at Ranch Camp. She considers the camp to be instrumental in the development of her Jewish Identity and commitment to working in Jewish Education.

    Gilad Shwartz has a Masters Degree in Business Administration from the University of Colorado in Colorado Springs, a Masters Degree Animal Sciences from University of Arizona, and a Bachelor of Science in Animal Sciences from University of Arizona. Gilad was born and raised in Tel Aviv, Israel and began working for Ranch Camp in 2001; 2015 will be his 13th summer at camp. Gilad has an extensive background in Jewish education, working as a counselor and trip leader for OSRUI in Wisconsin and NFTY in Israel, and as a Hebrew schoolteacher for Congregation Bet Shalom in Tucson, AZ.

    Miriam and Gilad welcomed daughter, Sivan, into their family on Jan 1, 2014.

  4. How many campers attend Ranch Camp?

    Over the course of the summer camping season, Ranch Camp serves close to 500 campers.

  5. How long is the camping season?

    Ranch Camp’s summer season is comprised of 3 sessions ranging from 1-3 weeks over a 8-week period. Staff Week generally begins during the last week in May and last possible working date falls in early to mid-August.

  6. How many staff are there?

    Each season Ranch Camp hires 90-100 staff members. Our staff comes to us from the United States and sometimes from Australia, South America, the UK; and a large delegation comes from Israel each summer.

  7. Do I have to be Jewish to work at Ranch Camp?

    Absolutely not. Ranch Camp only asks that staff members coming from outside the Jewish faith do so with an open mind and heart. Our aim is to find the most qualified and professional staff members possible, and we work hard to make sure that all the members of the camping community feel welcome.

  8. What about days off and free time?

    Staff members are given one day off per week and an hour off each day.

  9. What is Ranch Camp’s smoking policy?

    Smoking is only allowed in designated areas and only during a staff member’s allotted time off period.

  10. Is there a dress code?

    There is no formal dress code at Ranch Camp. Dress is informal, but no alcohol, drug-related, sexual, or degrading images are allowed on any clothing, as to be determined by the Camp Directors. Female staff members are required to wear a one-piece bathing suit at the pool when campers are present. The Directors reserve the right to have staff members remove or cover any or all tattoos and remove or cover piercings.

  11. What is the weather like?

    The weather at Ranch Camp can be extremely variable from season to season. However, generally the temperature at camp allows for shorts and t-shirts during the day (75-90 degrees), but somewhat warmer clothing is needed for the evening (55-70 degrees). During the average summer, we also generally have small afternoon rain showers.