Forty years ago, Camp Ramah pioneered special needs programming with the establishment of the Tikvah (Hope) Program. Today, Ramah’s 13 special needs programs offer children, teens and young adults who are developmentally, physically and intellectually challenged a full, integrated Ramah summer camp experience. Nearly 2,000 campers with special needs have experienced the magic of one of these programs.
Since the first Tikvah program was established in 1970, the Ramah Camping Movement has been committed to providing a camping experience for children with a wide variety of special needs, with the goal of enhancing individual identity and teaching Jewish values in a supportive, fun environment.
Each of the special needs programs serves a slightly different population of children with special needs, with varying age groups and varying lengths. Ramah’s special needs program directors work collaboratively to guide families to the program that best suits the needs of their children. For a complete list of the various special needs programs and a short description of each, click here.
Consistent with other high-level rides/walks, a portion of the funds raised will subsidize the participation of each of our volunteer riders. 100% of the net proceeds raised for the Ramah Bike Ride will be used to: 1) provide scholarship support for families with children with special needs who have financial need, to enable them to attend Ramah programs; 2) develop a national training initiative for staff of special needs campers.
To read more about Ramah’s special needs programs and their impact, click here.