L’Dor V’Dor, From Generation to Generation
Since 1953, 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.
JCC Ranch Camp is committed to providing a resident camping experience for youth that enables campers, staff and families to strengthen their Jewish identity, become more caring and responsible members of society, and connect with the natural world.
In fulfilling its mission, the JCC Ranch Camp provides:
- Innovative learning opportunities for children and staff members in an environment that challenges growth in mind, body, and spirit.
- A safe place for children to be cared for by qualified professionals, with a commitment to safety, supervision, customer service and Judaic programming.
- Opportunities for children and adults to experience a nurturing community based on Judaic values.
In addition to our program activities, the Ranch Camp strives to connect children — mind, body and spirit — to their Jewish heritage, Jewish community and to the natural world around them. The Ranch Camp provides children with spiritual and innovative Jewish programing, including:
- Kabbalat Shabbat services in our outdoor Pavilions
- Saturday morning services in our sanctuary in the forest
- Havdallah under the stars
- An ongoing commitment to hiring Israeli staff
- Spirited song sessions
- Israeli music, dance, and culture
- A supervised kosher camp kitchen
Surrounded by nature and the warmth of old and new friends, campers experience Judaism as never before. Together, they share Jewish rituals and learning and begin to understand the special way in which they are connected to one another – connections that will last a lifetime.
“Being Jewish at camp is seriously the best. Camp is an amazing community where campers meet their 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 meal 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 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.”