The Tikvah Program at Camp Ramah Darom offers two four-week sessions for adolescents ages 12-17. Tikvah at Ramah Darom is the first program in the Southeast focused on providing a traditional and immersive Jewish summer camping experience to Jewish teenagers diagnosed with social and communication difficulties such as autism spectrum disorder, social anxiety, PDD, Asperger's Syndrome, and non-verbal learning disorders. Campers will participate in much-loved camp activities such as sports, swimming, arts, boating, ropes course, and campfires, all within the warm environment of Camp Ramah Darom. Tikvah’s program is designed to help campers build friendships, develop their social skills, and broaden their independent living abilities.
Ramah Darom’s Vocational Training Program is designed for participants of post-high school age and will include job placements within camp. Participants will receive coaching in areas of employment, life skills, and relationship development. Placements take into account participants’ ability level, stamina, and vocational interests. Work placements include the following areas: early childhood, farming, dining hall, kitchen, infirmary, administrative/office, maintenance, mailroom, canteen, sports, and art center. In addition, participants are guided in developing meaningful projects based upon their interests and creativity. Participants are valued members of Ramah Darom, enjoying all aspects of our Jewish community.
Camp Yofi at Camp Ramah Darom is a nationally acclaimed program for Jewish families with children with autism spectrum disorders between the ages of 6 and 13. Single parents, grandparents, and siblings are invited to attend, and all Jewish families are welcome. The program is held at Ramah Darom’s Kaplan Mitchell Retreat & Conference Center, a 122-acre facility in the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains.