Gesher Leadership Development Institute
Our Gesher Leadership Development Institute (LDI) is our final eida (unit), and is offered to students entering 11th grade.
In our Gesher Leadership Development Institute, Gesher campers gain valuable leadership skills that they can apply not just to their future role as staff members at Ramah Darom, but to their everyday personal and professional lives.
The Gesher LDI helps Gesher campers grow as leaders, community change-agents and political advocates through participation in powerful training and real-life experiences. The Counselors-In-Training (CIT) program gives Gesher LDI participants the opportunity to develop meaningful relationships with younger campers and exposes them to different aspects of camp life, preparing them to serve as future staff members. At the same time, Gesher LDI participants have the opportunity to participate in the fun activities that make our camp so special.
The program features a 10-day bus trip along the East Coast. Along the way, the group spends time touring several cities, including Washington, DC and Philadelphia, PA, at and stops off at exciting attractions, including Camp Ramah in the Poconos, where the group spends one Shabbat. On the trip, participants also will have a unique opportunity to visit college campuses and meet with Hillel International professionals who help them think critically about their college choices. In Washington DC, Gesher LDI participants learn from professionals at AIPAC (the American Israel Public Affairs Committee) and then put this knowledge and training into practice by lobbying on behalf of Israel in meetings with legislators and legislative aides on Capitol Hill.
Separate from the Gesher Road Trip, participants also enjoy an outdoor adventure challenge excursion. The trips enable campers to bond, solidify friendships and have some fun while they are at it!