Celebrating 70 Years of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin

Camp Ramah in Wisconsin is 150 acres of sacred space, tucked away in the heart of Wisconsin’s Northwoods.  Within this space, campers and staff from throughout the Midwest and Israel unite each summer to create a joyful Jewish community.  Ramah Day Camp, located in Wheeling, Illinois, is a warm and nurturing environment where kids come to make great friends, grow socially, have fun and learn Jewish values.

In celebration of the 70th season of Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and the 18th season of Ramah Day Camp, we launch The Givah Campaign, a three-year comprehensive effort supporting:

Capital Improvement Projects

A new Nivonim campus at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin and campus improvements at Ramah Day Camp

Annual Fund

For need based scholarships and general tuition subsidies including special needs programming

Endowment Fund

To grow the Camp Ramah in Wisconsin Endowment to ensure sufficient scholarship and operational funds will be available in perpetuity

About the Campaign

The goal of the Givah Campaign is to raise $2 million per year in 2016, 2017 and 2018. The centerpiece of The Givah Campaign is the construction of a new Nivonim campus at Camp Ramah in Wisconsin.

nivonim-graffiti

Nivonim Hill, also known as the Givah, is the home of our oldest campers. The Nivonim summer focuses on leadership development, preparing alumni to lead the community inspired by a love of Judaism and the Jewish people nurtured at Ramah.

As shown in the architectural rendering above, the new Nivonim Campus will have both indoor and outdoor aidah specific programming space.  Campers will benefit from innovative, leadership-oriented programming and state-of-the-art, environmentally conscious facilities in their own space on The Givah.

There is only one place in camp where graffiti is permitted – in the Nivonim cabins.  Generations of campers and staff have left their mark on camp and the names of parents and children can be found on the very same cabin walls!  Even though these original cabins must now be replaced, efforts have been made to document the names on the walls.  Images will be made available for viewing through various methods throughout the campaign.

For more information click here to see the Givah Campaign infographic.

 

360° Virtual Reality Tour

The key to unlock camp memories: A 360° Virtual Reality Tour

Take a step back in time and walk forward through these cabin doors.  Look around for the names of Ramah campers from the 1940’s to today.  Click on the red dots to begin your journey back to the Givah.

Leave Your Mark

For decades campers have written their names in the Nivonim cabins.  As we transition to our expanded Nivonim campus a new method of leaving a mark has been established.  By dedicating a brick or paver along the Nivonim Walkway you can help pave the way forward for Ramah and leave your name and a message for generations to come.

To place an order for a brick or paver, submit a customized brick order below and then please click on the “Donate Now” link above to process the payment. Be sure to select “Givah Campaign Brick Fund” from the Optional Fund Selection on the donation form.

Naming Opportunities

Below is a list of current naming opportunities, some of which may be modified before the completion of the campaign.  Gifts can typically be paid across a three year payment schedule.  For more information please contact Sam Caplan, 312-690-8332 or scaplan@ramahwisconsin.com.

מועדון נבונים / MOADON NIVONIM
$500,000

Nivonim will have its own Moadon multi-purpose building as part of the new campus. Housing a central activity area and a kitchenette, the flexible space building will be used widely by Nivonim as the main programming and gathering space for aidah activities.

OUTDOOR PLAZA
$360,000

The plaza connects the multi-purpose building to the cabins. It’s the perfect space for a variety of group activities day or night. A freestanding sign or boulder with plaque will acknowledge the plaza donors.

צריפים / TZRIFIM / CABINS
$250,000

The cabins on the Givah will house a total of 100 campers and staff. Two naming opportunities are available for boys’ cabins and two for girls’ cabins.

(1 sold, 3 available)

מרפסות / MIRPESOT / PORCHES
$100,000

Both the boys’ and girls’ cabins will have an indoor porch available for naming.

(1 sold, 1 available)

חדרי צוות / HADREI TZEVET / STAFF ROOMS
$100,000

Staff rooms housing up to four counselors in each cabin are available for naming. Donors of staff rooms will be recognized on the exterior of the building along the main cabin entrance.

(4 available)

מזוזות / MEZUZOT

Crafted by hand in a beautiful design, a lovely mezuzah will be placed at each site below along with a small name plaque acknowledging your generous gift.

Entrance to Givah $50,000
Moadon Nivonim $36,000
Cabins (4 available) $18,000
Staff Rooms (4 available) $10,000

ספסלים / SAFSALIM / BENCHES
$10,000

Single benches around the Givah campus are available for naming.  Each bench will be marked with a dedication plaque.

(10 available)

NIVONIM WALKWAY
The pavers and bricks stamped with donor names, inlaid in a beautiful pattern, will form a walkway from the entrance of the Givah to the facilities within.

Pavers – (6 lines of text)  $500
Bricks – (3 lines of text)  $180

ENDOWMENTS
A minimum gift of $18,000 will establish a named endowment to ensure scholarship and operational funds will be available in perpetuity.

Some endowment opportunities:

Program Endowment
Scholarship Endowment
Ramah Israel Seminar Scholarship Endowment     for Nivonim Alumni
Endowed Rosh Aidah Position
Endowed Counselor Position

Givah Videos

Click here to check out photos from the Camp Ramah in Wisconsin 70th Anniversary Celebration
on February 11, 2017 at Morgan Manufacturing in Chicago.