CAMP CLASSES

All campers at Rocky River Ranch have four class periods each day. The camper chooses the classes she wants to concentrate on for each week and attends the same class at the same time each day (see format below). Campers attending a two-week session are encouraged to choose different classes the second week as the content and activities will be the same both weeks.

Programs are fitted to the child, not the child to the program. All classes are closely supervised by Counselors and Instructors. Our program is designed to "grow independent girls." To that end, campers plan their own creative endeavors and spend their days participating in classes they choose.

Our mission is to develop great qualities in young ladies; qualities such as confidence, critical thinking, teamwork and collaboration, respect, responsibility and communication. These skills are going to be learned at camp regardless of which classes they select.

There are so many activities to choose from! For time slots and descriptions, DOWNLOAD our 2024 Camp Classes PDF here We suggest downloading and printing this form to review with your camper. Make a plan of her first and second choice classes for each hour so that you know what she wants to take when you complete the online registration. Waiting lists are time stamped and automated so be sure to get on a waiting list for a class if it's full when you register. Lots of changes happen and we try our best to get campers the classes they prefer.

The four activity periods each day are 9:00, 10:00, 11:00 and 5:00.

Morning classes are individualized and 5:00 class will be done with their cabin groups. Girls will make their own choices at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00, and cabins will rotate through specialized activities (see below for the class descriptions) in the 5:00 hour. In Sessions 2 and 5 only, girls will choose individual classes for the second week at 5:00.

Gaga Nine Square
9G+

Learn, play, and hone your skills in active and fast-paced games: Ga-Ga, 9-Square, sprout ball and more! All ages and abilities welcome.

Anything Goes
ABC- Actions to Beautify Camp

Want to learn how to build stuff using tools? Want to work with others to make camp look better? Choose this class if you want to leave your mark on camp! Use community building and creativity skills to complete projects that will help the future of RRR in this service oriented class.

Archery
Archery

 Bows and arrows aimed at the targets down range! In this class girls will learn archery basics and improve upon existing skills. They will play fun games each day and get lots of practice for the tournament at the end of the week.

Baking
Baking

Girls will learn baking techniques and tips as they get their hands messy baking lots of tasty treats.

Challengers
Character and Costume Creation

In this class campers will unleash their imagination by designing a character, work to create a one-of-a-kind costume out of a variety of materials and techniques, and have fun with the process. Warriors, princesses, super heroes, animals or a mixture of all the above - the sky is the limit! 

Climbing Wall
Climbing Wall & Rappelling

Challenge yourself climbing up and rappelling down in this duo class. Alternate between the climbing wall and the natural rappelling cliff to hone your skills on belay! Try different routes on the wall and learn scaling and bounding on the cliff for an extra challenge. Girls must be rising 5th grade or older.

Crafts
Crafts

This class is for makers who want to unleash their creativity on several hands-on projects during the week.

Dance
Dance

Learn steps for different types of dance (such as ballet, ballroom, jazz, hip hop, etc.) and practice for an end-of-session performance.

Diving Galore & More
Diving Galore & More!

Jump, dive and splash! Learn different dives, tricks, and games in this fun pool class. This class is for girls who want more time in the pool!

Drama Tech
Drama

Learn dramatic techniques as you rehearse for the end-of-session performance. The drama staff chooses a script and the girls try out for different roles at the beginning of the week. Open to all skill levels with lots of opportunity to learn. (This class meets both weeks of 2-week sessions.)

Drama Tech
Explorers - Sessions 2 & 5 only

This class is for the girls who love adventure! Each day will be a new experience as we explore ourselves, our campsite, and our town. Expect an end of the week out of camp field trip to a local favorite spot and lots of fun!

Farm Girls
Farm Animal Fun

Pet and care for our goats, horses, rabbits and our crazy chickens. We will learn a bit about farm animal care and have fun with some adorable animals.

Barn Girls
Horseback Riding

These classes will focus on learning about horses from the ground up. Our focus is on western equitation, safe seat, voice cues, and gentle reigning through lessons and games. Our ground lessons focus on safe handling and bonding through learning about grooming, body, saddles, and training techniques. All riders will work on activities based around their skill level. Our riding lessons are built around teaching and improving riders’ core skill set, so that they can be successful in any equestrian discipline they choose to pursue.

Additional fee of $35 applies. During registration you will show your interest in this class and we will contact you with next steps.

Barn Girls
Jewelry Making

Join this creative class to make all kinds of jewelry! You will have lots of fun as you create keepsakes for yourself and friends.

Miniatures
Miniatures
Learn how to create teeny-tiny objects for a tiny room that you’ll love to take home and display.
Miniatures
Mixed Media Art
In this class you will be using a range of materials to create art. Paint with watercolors, cut out magazines, use markers, make a stamp and so much more. This class is for the creative minds who like to think outside the box.
Miniatures
No Bake Recipes
This class will meet in the Grubstake and campers will have fun creating (and eating) simple recipes. We will use blenders, microwaves and other small appliances instead of ovens. Satisfaction guaranteed! 
Painting

Create your own masterpiece! Learn about painting techniques, composition and art history as you express yourself in this class.

Paper Crafts

Unlock your creativity making your own paper. Use your creation and other paper goods to make origami, finger quilling, cards, prints and more.

River Sports

We’ve combined all of the river favorites into one class! Enjoy the Blanco River as you try things like kayaking, paddle boarding, log rolling, fishing, and venturing up or down river.

Rocky River Roundup

Become a camp reporter, cartoonist, and writer. Work together to build a newspaper about your time at camp and report on the goings on of the RRR campers, staff and activities in your session. 

Screamer & Crate Stacking

Put on a harness, get clipped in, and be pulled up to swing from up to 40 feet on our giant swing, the Screamer! The next day try different strategies to stack plastic crates and climb on them as high as you can. Teamwork makes these elements possible as campers pull each other up the Screamer and support the crate stacker as a team. Girls must be rising 5th grade or older.

Sewing
Sewing: Aprons

Learn sewing machine basics and practice your skills by making an apron. All levels welcome. We will send an email closer to the summer with a supply list to bring to camp. 

Sport-a-Day
Sport-a-Day

Learn about and play a different sport each day. Basketball, volleyball, tennis, soccer, and sprinkler kickball - just to name a few.

Sport-a-Day
Stagecraft - Sessions 2 & 5 only

The behind the scenes work that makes the Drama Show a success! Plan, organize and design the costumes and props for the closing day performance. Girls must be rising 5th grade or older. (This class meets both weeks of 2-week sessions.)

Sport-a-Day
Stretch and Flex

This class will use yoga and affirmation techniques to help campers reflect and grow. Learn basic yoga positions and postures, breathing techniques, and ways to improve balance. We will focus on bettering ourselves from the inside out!

Synchronized Swimming

You’ll learn sculling, breath control and water ballet moves. You will also learn and practice a routine to perform during the end of session performance. (This class meets both weeks of 2-week sessions.)

Tennis
Tennis

All levels welcome as you learn, practice, and perfect your tennis skills!

Ukelele 101
Ukulele 101

In this class girls will be taught Ukulele basics while having fun. All levels of musicians are welcome! Ukuleles will be provided by RRR for the girls to learn and practice while here.

Ukelele 101
Videography -Sessions 2 & 5 only

Be behind the camera, in front of the camera, or both as the class shoots and edits videos for a Digital Rocky River Round Up! Girls will use iPads to create their very own news segment to send out to the parents at the end of the session.

Water Aerobics
Water Aerobics

This is for girls who love the pool and fitness. Spend time doing aerobic exercises in the pool.

Water Aerobics
Yarn Girls

Learn the basics of knitting, crocheting or embroidery as well as expand skills you already have. Complete a project at your own pace while you visit with friends and learn skills that will last a lifetime!

Water Aerobics
5:00 Cabin Activity
Lawn Games and Ping Pong

Girls will have fun playing games like bocce ball, ladder golf, mini bowling and more while having some relaxing bonding time with their cabin, they might even play a huge game of ultimate ping pong!

Water Aerobics
5:00 Cabin Activity
Soap Making

In this class each girl will use molds to create their own soap. They can choose to add natural materials such as oats or coffee grounds as exfoliants and choose between different essential oils to add fragrances.

Water Aerobics
5:00 Cabin Activity
Tie Dye

We are bringing back this camp classic and camper favorite! Each camper needs to bring a white cotton shirt from home or they can buy a white Rocky River shirt from the camp store for $7.00.

Water Aerobics
5:00 Cabin Activity
Group Games

Cabin bonding at it’s best! Counselors will lead the cabin in age specific and fun filled games. Guaranteed laughs and silliness while getting to know each other better. This class will be in the 49er.

Water Aerobics
5:00 Cabin Activity
Name Tag Painting and Friendship Bracelet Making

Everyone loves these two camp classics! Get creative and learn some new skills as you create unique accessories.

Water Aerobics
5:00 Cabin Activity
Brick Masters

Cabin groups will work together to build creations out of Legos. Who can build the highest tower, the strongest structure, or the most realistic creature? There will be camp wide competitions and time to relax and use your imagination.

Water Aerobics
Session 2 and 5 only
2nd week 5:00 Class Choice
Anything Goes

Together the class chooses from a list of activities. Vote on fun things to do such as crafts, games, snack making, etc. Anything goes!

Water Aerobics
Session 2 and 5 only
2nd week 5:00 Class Choice
Baking

Girls will learn baking techniques and tips as they get their hands messy baking lots of tasty treats!

Water Aerobics
Session 2 and 5 only
2nd week 5:00 Class Choice
Improv-O-Rama

In this theater skills class, girls will enjoy trying out improv acting and games while having fun on stage learning accents and skits.

Water Aerobics
Session 2 and 5 only
2nd week 5:00 Class Choice
Jewelry Making

 Join this creative class to make all kinds of jewelry! You will have lots of fun as you create keepsakes for yourself and friends.

Water Aerobics
Session 2 and 5 only
2nd week 5:00 Class Choice
Party Time

For the creative camper who wants to spend the week choosing a theme, making invitations and decorations, and plan the party of the summer! Campers in this class will be the hostesses for the party at the end of the week.

Water Aerobics
Session 2 and 5 only
2nd week 5:00 Class Choice
Pool Games

For the camper who loves the water! Structured games daily, diving, volleyball & more!

Water Aerobics
Session 2 and 5 only
2nd week 5:00 Class Choice
River Fun

If you aren’t ready to leave the river after free swim - this is the class for you! Enjoy some structured games, rock skipping and minnow catching as well as some unstructured free play. Sign up for this class if you can’t get enough of the beautiful Blanco River!

Water Aerobics
Session 2 and 5 only
2nd week 5:00 Class Choice
Sprinkler Sports and Ninja Course

Stay cool by playing kickball, volleyball, and more in the sprinklers! Want even more fun? Try out our very own ninja course with slack lines and balance obstacles in the sprinkler!

Water Aerobics
Session 2 and 5 only
2nd week 5:00 Class Choice
Throwback Crafts

Have a blast making crafts from the past! In this class, you will channel your inner 80s, 90s, and 2000s side by making slap bracelets, bead buddies, boondoggle keychains and more!

Rocky River Ranch | Summer Camp Programs

Summer Camp Programs

The perfect summer is waiting for your daughter aged 5 to 14 at Rocky River— filled to the brim with new friendships, challenging activities and, most importantly, lots of fun! Check out our day camp and resident camp options.

Rocky River Ranch | Weekend Programs

Weekend Programs

In the hot summer months, we’re an all-girls camp, but the rest of the year, we offer year ‘round fun at our Great Escapes for women and Mother-Daughter weekends!

Rocky River Ranch | Event Rentals

Event Rentals

Rocky River Ranch is the perfect solution for your special event! We host family reunions, church retreats, teacher work days, company picnics, Girl Scout groups, and more with lodging for up to 135 guests.

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We still can't believe it has been 50 years since my mother, Mama Knolk, started RRR. We are so proud that it is still the same as she built it and still has the same spirit upon which it was founded. Our children and grandchildren have had the wonderful opportunity to attend camp and we all can still sing some of the songs when we get together. May the spirit of Mama Knolk stay with all that have attended RRR.

‒  Polly Knolk Denham

Picture a Spot … My years at Rocky River mean more to me than can be written down in a little note. There's probably not a day that goes by that I don't think about an experience, a laugh, a friendship, a struggle, a success, etc. that I experienced at camp. I love that I can go back and find the same "safe haven" that I experienced as a 7-year-old girl in Circle B through several years as a Counselor! Driving across that cattle guard at the front gate, my heart beat calms to a familiar and comforting beat again, like nothing else I've experienced.

‒  Erin Davis Terjesen Years at camp: 1985-1998

The truth is I would not have become the person I am today without RRR! Making decisions for classes at 7 years old (with the help of a big sister and Rue as my counselor), remembering to wear your bathing suit under your jeans so you could go from the barn to the pool without the dreaded trip back to your cabin, remembering not to sign up for your pool class right before horseback … I could go on and on. The mistakes we made there were safe and there was a support system to catch you if you fell. Later I enjoyed working with the campers younger than me. First in WE as a big sister myself and later as a CIT Mom. In 14 years I grew and strengthened my commitment to myself. I felt loved unconditionally and I formed everlasting friendships. Some of them recently re-kindled after a 15-20 year gap as if no time had passed at all. In the last year I received a letter from a former CIT that spoke of my influence on her life. How it made her a better mother and a better woman. I have saved that letter for my children to read one day. I will always feel like Skeet and Sandy helped raise me and they always saw the person I could be! I can never thank them enough for that.

‒  Sunni Becker Markowitz Years at camp: 1974-1988

I am grateful for the girls that Skeet, Sandy and Rue had as our counselors because of the character and leadership they taught me. I love them all. Many are my friends still and I cannot wait to see them again year after year. We are all grown, some mothers now, some in interesting careers, but all of us sharing one special thing in common -- outside of careers, husbands, family and schooling -- the RRR Spirit that endures in our everyday life.

‒  Brandi Mascione Roy Years at camp: 1978-1985

Mama Knolk — what a wonderful and gentle lady. She always wanted the best for us and for us to be our best.

‒  Jeanette Brian Lawrence Years at camp: 1960s

I love Rocky River Ranch. It was a place I could go and feel accepted for the person I was — not the person I was expected to be. When we passed under that arch, the playing field was leveled and I was free to be myself, or even to reinvent myself! If I could ride, if I could swim, if I could do crafts or even if my only talent was spitting watermelon seeds, I was accepted!

‒  Britany Beever Just Years at camp: 1979-1984, 1987-1988