About the Henry and Annette Gibson Tikvah Program

Ramah Darom’s Tikvah Program is a summer experience for campers diagnosed with Neurodevelopmental Disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder, Down syndrome, Intellectual Disability and communication disorders. As part of Camp Ramah Darom (Ramah of the South), an award-winning ACA-accredited we are focused on providing a traditional, immersive, Jewish summer camping experience to Jewish children with disabilities. The Tikvah support program is integrated into a community that is steeped in Jewish celebration, learning, and ritual. Campers will benefit from meaningful formal and informal Jewish learning opportunities specifically designed to foster their emerging Jewish identity. Through individualized approach and support by highly skilled staff, campers in the Tikvah program will build friendships, gain a sense of autonomy, develop independent living skills, learn problem-solving skills, have fun, and grow as members of the Ramah Darom community. The Tikvah program enhances the entire camp, enabling us to teach our campers by experience what it means to live in a truly inclusive Jewish community.

Click here to read counselor Allison Davis’ beautiful post about her sister, Sarah’s experience at Ramah Darom!

Click here to read Dr. Audra Kaplan’s blog about a summer of inclusion.

Tikvah Director, Dr. Audra Kaplan, is a Clinical Psychologist with extensive experience in Jewish camp and in working with children with disabilities. Dr. Kaplan believes deeply in the potential of each child and is passionate about creating environments where all children feel a sense of belonging, achievement, and joy.

Tikvah A1 Entering Grades 5-8 June 13-25 $2,395 $2,500

Tikvah A Entering Grades 7-12 June 13-July 10 $5,150 $5,350

Tikvah B1 Entering Grades 5-8 July 12-23 $2,395 $2,500

Tikvah B Entering Grades 7-12 July 12-Aug 7 $5,150 $5,350

Tikvah F Entering 10-12 June 13-Aug 7 $8,495 $8,700

Two-week option

This program offers a complete camp experience in a shorter length of time. Ideal for campers new to overnight camp, campers will enjoy a range of camp activities, develop their independent living skills, and enjoy a warm Jewish camp environment. Campers will rotate through several chugim, camp activities, in order to get a taste of many camp experiences. The support of the Tikvah two-week program is differentiated to meet each campers needs. Campers will gain a sense of mastery and confidence, while building life long memories and friendships.

Four-week option

Campers enrolled in our four-week sessions are fully a part Ramah Darom edot (age groups). Campers benefit from a continuum of support from smaller cabin groupings in our specially designed bunk to full integration in a main-steam bunk with an inclusion counselor. The level of support is geared toward each camper’s needs and wishes. All campers supported by Tikvah, select their chugim, Jewish studies electives, Chug B’Ivrit alongside their same age peers. Four-week campers will enjoy out of camp field trips, Yom Sport, song festival (zimryah) and enjoy participating in all that Ramah Darom has to offer!

ACTIVITIES INCLUDE:

  • Swimming and water sports in our pool
  • Individual Sports: archery, tennis
  • Judaic Class Martial arts, yoga, fitness
  • Arts, Music, Dance
  • Tifilah and Hebrew Enrichment
  • Ropes Course, Climbing Wall, Swing
  • Swimming, boating in our beautiful lake
  • Team Sports: basketball, volleyball, soccer, hockey, baseball, Ga-ga

 

UNIQUE SUPPORTS:

  • College and graduate level staff
  • Counselors trained and supervised to work with campers with disabilities
  • Modified schedule to minimize transitions and allow for rest and recovery time
  • Use of Visual Cues, such as schedules and cabin rules
  • Low Camper to Counselor Ratio to meet campers needs
  • Smaller cabin groupings available
  • Designated space for sensory breaks
  • Nurturing Non-Competitive Camp environment ·
  • Social Stories provided prior to camp
  • Z’man Kehilah (Daily Community Building Group Time)

 

Application Process

To apply for enrollment, please complete the online application as well as a Tikvah Intake Form/Teacher/Therapist Forms found on Camp In Touch and submit a tuition deposit. Once an application is received, the Tikvah Director will contacted families to schedule a camper interview.

Questions & Inquiries

Please contact Dr. Kaplan with any questions about Camp Ramah Darom’s Tikvah program at akaplan@ramahdarom.org.