Over the past few summers Al Hagovah has engaged and challenged campers and staff members by connecting them to the natural world. We are committed to providing top-notch programming that allows participants to grow in all facets of their lives.
The Al Hagovah program now consists of four departments:
Tiyulim: These are multi-day outings, such as three-day backpacking excursions on the Appalachian Trail, three-day biking trips in the foothills of the Berkshires, two-day canoeing adventures on the Housatonic River, half-day waterfall hikes, and overnights on Ramah Mountain.
Teva: Campers elect to hone their skills in archery, outdoor cooking, animal care, nature crafts, fishing, mountain biking, and wilderness survival.
Farming: Farming skills are integrated with yahadut programming. We are very proud of our farm-to- table meals, during which campers and staff select food from the farm that become key ingredients for the meal they prepare together.
High Ropes: Campers work to complete the challenges of the rock wall, the high-ropes course, the low-ropes course, and real rock climbing on Ramah Mountain.
This summer, Al Hagovah became more robust due to new programs, upgrades to existing facilities, and the construction of new ones. We built two outdoor kitchens, one by igul alef and one at the farm, to enhance our outdoor cooking classes and farm-to-table program. We expanded our mountain bike trails on A and B sides, added a bike pump track, and created an authentic rock-climbing site on Ramah Mountain. The Ramah Mountain trail, was connected to the Appalachian Trail allowing for those
participating in the Etgar backpacking trips to hike continuously. Lastly, a new fishing program was developed and an animal care area, comprising of goats, pigs, sheep, turtles, bunnies, ducks, and chickens, was folded into the Teva program.
It’s been a great season with wonderful Jewish outdoor experiences. As we end kayitz 2017 on a high note, we already have our sights set on Summer 2018. We trust that our program will continue to enrich the lives of all Ramahniks.
Seth Adelsberg, Rosh Al Hagova