Ruach Chaim Hails Visiting Day Cancellation



Boruch Hashem, Ruach Chaim’s cancellation of Visiting Day went over very well.

The campers, staff members, and parents alike were very appreciative that they chapped arein another action-packed day at Ruach Chaim.

To all those who would love to see the stunning campus and geshmake program in action, please enjoy a virtual Visiting Day tour HERE.

The office staff of Camp Ruach Chaim

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  1. I’m so tired of this. People will sit in traffic to go to a ball game. They will sit through rush hour traffic to go to a restaurant in Manhattan and will leave extra on the tip. Why when it comes to your precious kids does it go from an outing to a burden. Why is a two hour trip to Great Adventures so that you can spend hours on line to go on a ride good parent – child time, yet visiting day is a nuisance. We accuse our kids of being self absorbed, maybe we as parents are there role models.

  2. Dear other camps,

    This is absurd. Please do not follow. Those who dont want to visit dont have to but please dont take this special day away from those of us who do want it.

  3. #3, “oy Vey! August 3, 2015 at 9:37 am” Agreed. In our case there will be two disappointed parents, disappointed siblings, and one VERY disappointed camper if visiting day is cancelled. We DO miss our child and are happy to make the trip once or twice a summer to get together for a few hours. We don’t have the easy trip that bungalow colony parents have and we don’t have the no-car tircha some parents have, but either way it’s well worth the expenditure of a Sunday, gas-and-toll money, and a few bucks for food. When we were better off financially, sometimes we’d stay in a motel overnight or even in a hotel for the Shabbos before – now it’s a more of a shlep, but still a no-brainer as something we enjoy. If it’s too difficult for you to visit (for whatever reason) then don’t go, but please don’t seek to deprive us of a visit to our kids.

  4. The comments here distress me so much. I am a parent who DROVE a long time to Camp Ruach Chaim yesterday to visit my child. I was welcomed with open hands. To quote Rabbi Perlstein (who up until yesterday, I had never met and have no reason to defend); “the camp is not Russia and allows parents to stop in to say hello to their children.” Yes, the camp cancelled visiting day in that it was an ordinary day with regular camp activities and they did not dedicate the whole day to one thing: parents visiting their children (and in many cases, taking them off grounds).

    So to all parents who have commented as to the necessity of visiting their children, you actually can visit any day during the summer. But at the same time, the Camp now operates that if a child does not have a parent visiting them (and as I understand there are children with (chas ve’shalom) sick parents or siblings, that makes such a visit just impossible), the child won’t feel terrible.

    I made the long drive but left camp in admiration of its approach towards parents visiting their children.

    And at the risk of digression, I just want to say that I left camp emotional and with deep feelings of hakoras hatoiv to the Rabbi Perlstein, to the staff and to all the campers for the atmosphere in which my son is spending the summer. A atmosphere that is fun yet conducive to one’s growth in ruchniyus.

    A gratefull, proud and emotional Camp Ruach Chaim parent.

  5. Of all the years my kids went to camp, we only went to one visiting day, Agudah Midwest, which was “local” for us. Our kids who went to the mountains survived and thrived. Interestingly, when I went to camp in the mountains my camp did not have a visiting day.
    Please don’t get me wrong. I think it can be beautiful. I think though that it is extracting too high a tool, and that we can show our kids love some in other ways. Which reminds me, need to write my son.

  6. #8 – If all the camps would agree to allow parents to visit anytime Im all for it but the camps have locked gates with guards and they don’t let you in because they claim it is too disruptive. You can’t have it both ways. I am sure Rabbi Perlstein is a wonderful person and it is nice to get a little clarity on how this really was a visiting day for those who wanted and it wasnt a visiting day for those who didnt want.

  7. #8, “A Ruach Chaim Parent August 3, 2015 at 3:39 pm” Thank you for your post. This puts the entire “cancellation” story in a different light. As long as the camp is willing to have parents come and visit their kids even if the “official” day is cancelled, that’s good enough for us (and probably most other parents who were concerned about this). We don’t need a buffet lunch or special preparations – just the chance to spend some time with our kids.


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