Camp Ramallah applications are now open!
Join us July 16-22, 2023 for Camp Ramallah! This year’s camp will take place at Camp Montvale, near Maryville, TN, at the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains. Campers will enjoy many exciting outdoor activities and opportunities to connect with others and learn more about their Palestinian heritage.
Campers must be between the ages of 13 and 17, and their families must be Federation members.
Those interested can also apply to be camp counselors! Counselors will have the role of providing for and protecting the campers. They are facilitators of the camp’s programs and must lead by example. For more information on expectations for the camp counselors, read the staff manual.
Download the Counselor Handbook
Counselors must be at least age 19, and have completed at least one year in college. Applications for counselors are due by February 26th.
If you’ve been a counselor before and would like to apply again, please complete a returning counselor application.
If you are applying to be a counselor, make sure to download and complete the reference form, and send it to Dillon Odeh at [email protected]
“Camp is important to me because it is the one week every year that I get to hang out with people who are just like me.” – Evone Darraj
“I am able to connect with people who share the same stories as me, and who feel the same passion for Palestine. Although it’s only once a year, the friendships you build and the love of your Izweh is something you will have forever.” – Leah Hassan
Camp Ramallah is a weeklong camp for children between the ages of 13 and 17. Annually the camp is hosted during the months of June or July and applications are usually open between January and March. Applications will be available for campers, counselors in training, counselors and adult chaperons. The selection criteria will be shared once the application process is available.
The purpose of Camp Ramallah is to bring young members of the Federation from across the US to come together and meet in one place in a camp environment to experience Ramallah Heritage, Palestine History, and Ramallah Culture all in one place, all while enjoying adventurous outdoor experiences, and engaging with their extended Ramallah family.
The inaugural Camp Ramallah 2018 took place in the beautiful Smoky Mountains of Tennessee hosting a weeklong camp for 37 campers. In 2019, 50 campers met in Asheville, NC to build relationships, learn about our Palestinian history and context, and strengthen their commitment to our community. Children from all over the country attended and for the first time, a delegation from Ramallah was invited. In 2020, Camp Ramallah was help virtually to allow campers to connect even when we had to remain apart. After the hiatus year, in person camp came back and so did 23 campers in 2021 at camp Montvale in Maryville, TN. The beautiful foothills of the Smokeys will once again be holding camp this year
If you have questions about the program please contact Dillon Odeh, the Federation’s program coordinator via email at [email protected] Please encourage your children, grandchildren, and friends to apply!