Since becoming the new CEO of Camp Ramah Darom, Walter “Wally” Levitt has spent the past few months visiting communities, camp families and supporters across the Southeast.
“My hope for this ‘listening tour’ was to better understand what makes our organization unique and special. Parents and summer campers have told me about the magic and transformative impact of our summer camp experience,” said Levitt, the first new CEO in nearly two decades. Fred Levick was CEO almost since the camp’s founding in 1997.
Their names sound similar, but their styles may be different.
“I’ve been overwhelmed by the openness to the ‘new guy,’” Levitt said. He came to Ramah Darom as president and principal of a marketing consulting company in Toronto and previously, chief marketing officer for Comedy Central in New York.
“We are all indebted to Fred Levick, who led Ramah Darom for more than 18 years. As with any new CEO, I bring different perspectives and ideas that I believe can continue growing Ramah Darom. My perspective is rooted both in many years working in the corporate world, but perhaps, more importantly, as a longtime parent of Ramah campers.”
So what new programs does the camp have planned for 2019?
“This summer we are introducing Athletic Edge at Camp Ramah Darom – two specialty ‘camps within a camp’ – offering intensive lacrosse and rowing tracks.”
Throughout the year, Ramah Darom hosts retreats, including the PJ Library Weekend Levitt attended. “Over the next couple of months, I will be attending our Winter Break Family Camp, our Farm 2 Table Tu B’Shevat weekend, Pardes Beit Midrash and our amazing Passover Retreat. We plan to continue expanding our programmatic portfolio, while ensuring our existing events grow and innovate. I’m excited to work with our talented team to ensure Ramah Darom remains a destination year-round,” he said. “My job as CEO is to ensure we continue creating these exceptional experiences.”
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