Camp Ramah / Tikvah

Camp Ohr LanuThe Tikvah program at Camp Ramah is designed for Jewish adolescents, ages 11 to 18, with learning, emotional, and developmental disabilities. The Tikvah campers, known as the Amitzim group at camp, are included in all the programs at Camp Ramah. All of the campers come to camp for the same reasons: to have fun, make friends, and learn about Jewish things. They are included with their non-disabled peers throughout the day. During the academic hour, a teacher with special education training is able to provide self contained education to those campers for whom it is more appropriate.

Along with the regular Ramah programming, Tikvah campers are fortunate to have the opportunity to be involved in many special programs in camp. A buddy program pairs Tikvah campers with campers from our oldest group. Buddies learn about each other and work on special projects while making new friends. In addition, time is spent with the Madors (counselors in training) and the Lishma adult studies program. Our programming is designed to increase independent living and self-help skills.

The counselor/camper ratio is greater in the Amitzim tents, to provide increased individual attention. Counselors in the Tikvah program have prior experiences as Ramah counselors, and receive an intensive special training during staff week. An advisor with experience in working with children with special needs is available at all times.

Website:  Camp Ramah / Tikvah

Contact: Elana Naftalin-Kelman, Director of the Tikvah Program

Phone:  (310) 476-8571 or (888) Camp-Ramah

Office: 4311 Wilshire Blvd. Suite 530  Los Angeles, CA 90010  (map)

Office Location:  17525 Ventura Blvd, #201 · Encino, CA 91316  (map)

Camp Location:  Ojai, CA.  (map)

Camp Reach For The Stars

cancer camp

Camp Reach For The Stars is for children with cancer and their siblings and immediate families.

Held annually in South Forest Home Ojai Valley (South Camp) located in Ojai, California (for families who live between Lompoc/Santa Ynez and Simi Valley).

The camp offers many recreational activities, and is staffed by healthcare professionals in a lovely forest and ocean setting.

The American Cancer Society underwrites the camp, and there is no charge to attend.


Phone:  (800) 227-2345

Location:  South Forest Home Ojai Valley (South Camp)  Ojai, California  (map)

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times map

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times - Office
Offers a wide variety of Camp programs designed to meet the needs of every cancer patient, sibling and family who attends
Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times
Offers a wide variety of Camp programs designed to meet the needs of every cancer patient, sibling and family who attends

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times

cancer camp

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times offers a wide variety of Camp programs designed to meet the needs of every patient, sibling and family who attends.  At camp, boys and girls and their families thrive in the safe environment created especially for them, by recapturing the hope, enthusiasm, and love of adventure that are essential parts of their youth.

Camp Ronald McDonald for Good Times programs have expanded in recent years to provide year-round  programs supporting families and children impacted by cancer.

Services are free for patients, who range in age from newborns to young adults, and their families.



Phone:  (310) 268-8488

Office: 1250 Lyman Place, Los Angeles CA  90029

Camp: 56400 Apple Canyon Road, P.O. Box 35, Mountain Center, CA. 92561  (map)

Camp Scherman

Camp Scherman

Camp Scherman is an extraordinary place where girls of all ages and abilities are welcome. Nestled in the San Jacinto Mountains, the 700 acre camp award-winning camp is recognized as one of the finest youth camps in southern California. In the camp’s nurturing, healthy environment, girls can break away from their summer routine and venture into new experiences that help them grow and become more independent and responsible.

Camp Scherman is a fully-integrated camp. Staff “awareness aides” help the camper join in all of her group’s fun activities, but they are not nurses. Campers must be able to take care of their own bathing, restroom and feeding requirements. Awareness Aides can assist with reminders to use the restroom and provide simple help at meal times. Parents are asked to fill out the application form, and to provide as much information as possible about their camper’s special needs so that she can be placed in an appropriate unit. Every attempt will be made to place girls with disabilities in units with girls who are close in age. Girls in high school will be placed with older campers, usually girls in grades 7-9. Camp staff will follow up with the parents once the applications are received.

Website: Camp Scherman

Contact:  Erin

Phone: (949) 461-8800

Camp Location:  San Jacinto Mountains, near Idyllwild, CA.  (map)

Camp Sunburst

HIV AIDS campCamp Sunburst has been offering therapeutic programming to children and teens living with HIV/AIDS at no cost to the families since 1988. Campers between the ages of 6-18 and living with HIV, or live in a household with HIV to be eligible to attend Camp Sunburst.  They must also be aware of the HIV diagnosis in order to attend camp.


Phone: 916-440-0889 ext. 307

Location: 1025 19th Street, Suite 1A, Sacramento, CA 95811  (map)