Camp Ramapo is an inclusive environment purposefully designed for children and teens with special needs who have difficulty building and maintaining healthy relationships with peers and adults.
Summer Adventure (Ages 6-16)
Every summer, Camp Ramapo serves more than 550 children with special needs ages 6-16 on our beautiful Rhinebeck campus. Ramapo provides an opportunity for children with a wide range of needs to experience success, from nonverbal young girls and boys to teens who need essential conflict resolution skills.
- Our activities are designed to promote confidence and build trust. They fit into a predictable, highly structured, and action-packed schedule that also provides the opportunity for choice.
- Ramapo’s one-to-one staff-to-camper ratio and expert training of carefully selected counselors ensure a safe, predictable, and highly structured setting that fosters the development of positive social and learning skills. The result is a community in which campers build healthy relationships, increase self-esteem, and improve learning skills.
- A typical day at Camp Ramapo might include a morning challenge on the high ropes, a swim in the lake or pool after lunch, an afternoon learning about nature, and an evening campfire.
- Campers practice responsibility by maintaining the cleanliness of their bunk and bed, a task shared by everyone.
- Campers live in rustic bunks with an average of six peers.
Youth can enjoy the Camp Ramapo experience from two to eight weeks over the summer.
Teen Leadership (Ages 14-16)
The Teen Leadership Program offers an alternative to the Summer Adventure program for teenagers who are ready for more responsibility and greater independence. A variety of challenging teambuilding activities and work experience opportunities help build healthy relationships and promote discipline, self-reflection, a willing attitude, and concern for others.
- During the summer, Teen Leaders participate in summer camp for 2 to 8 weeks. Participants live in platform tents, separate from other campers, in order to distinguish them as their own community within the world of Ramapo.
- Teen Leaders commit to a set of community values and individual principles that complement those of Camp Ramapo at large. Additional advantages of the Teen Leadership Program may include basic job training and interning opportunities at camp that provide essential work experience after the camper turns 16.
A select group of Teen Leaders are invited to participate in Ramapo Leadership, a monthly weekend program at the Rhinebeck campus. Ramapo Leadership focuses on adventure-based recreational activities, community service projects, and consistent, ongoing contact with a Ramapo mentor.
- During their weekends, Ramapo Leaders recommit themselves to their goals and enjoy the company of their peers in games, initiatives, ropes challenges, and volunteer experiences within the community.
- Ongoing mentoring is a critical component of the Ramapo Leadership Program. Each participant is matched with a caring Ramapo counselor who provides support and a positive influence as teens navigate the challenges of becoming young adults.
- Weekly phone calls with their mentors offer an outlet for teens to work through conflict and concerns in all aspects of their lives, and provide a resource for families to create positive relationships within the home.
Camp Ramapo's Introductory Week
Looking for a great camp experience for your child, but not sure he or she is ready for sleepaway camp? Try our one-week introductory program this summer! Campers new to Ramapo and sleepaway camp get to experience all the fun activities we provide to longer-term campers in a safe, supportive, and structured environment.
Approximately 40 campers come together every year for a week of making new friends, enjoying a wide range of engaging activities, and experiencing success. The counselors for this introductory program are hand-selected from our highly trained staff to provide compassionate, capable support for your child. Even parents get to experience camp on the special Visiting Day at the end of the session!
Make a change in your child’s life this summer—give Camp Ramapo a try.
For more information about Camp Ramapo, call 845.876.8403 or e-mail email@example.com.