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. Campers attending a two-week session are encouraged to choose different classes the second week.

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.

At the close of each session, parents are treated to a Watershow at the pool, Drama Show in the 49’er, and an exhibition of Western Riding in the large arena (Sessions 2 and 5), where campers present new skills they've learned.

There are so many activity choices! For time slots and descriptions, DOWNLOAD our 2020 Camp Classes PDF here!

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

Gaga Nine Square
9G+

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

Anything Goes
Anything Goes

Vote together on the first day from a list of activities for the rest of the week! One day a craft, the next day a game; make ice cream, go for a hike, or have a water balloon fight — anything goes!

Archery
Archery

Bows and arrows aimed at the targets downrange. Learn everything from the basics of archery to how to improve your skills. Practice each day for the tournament at the end of the week!

Backdrops & Boards
Backdrops & Boards

Transform the stage into a new world for the summer Drama play by painting large backdrops for the show. Plan, draw and paint the wooden Drama board to showcase the play. This class is for advanced painters in 7th grade and up.

Baking
Baking

Girls will learn techniques and tips as they get their hands messy baking tasty treats both sweet and savory.

Blanco Bliss
Blanco Bliss

This class is for girls who can’t get enough of the beautiful Blanco River. Find bliss in a different way each day- from snorkeling and rock-hunting to venturing up and down river.

Challengers
Challengers

Love a challenge? This class rotates through Climbing Wall, Rappelling, the Screamer and Crate Stacking — each day a new challenge! (Must weigh at least 75 lbs and be going into 5th grade or older.) This class is offered in Sessions 1, 3, 4 and 6.

Chants & Cheers
Cheers & Chants

For enthusiastic girls who want to learn basic cheers and chants. This class will be our camp spirit leaders and "pump us up" with new team chants and cheers in class and all around camp! This class is offered in Sessions 1, 4 and 6.

Climbing Wall
Climbing Wall/Rappelling

Challenge yourself climbing up and rappelling down in this duo class. Alternate between the climbing wall and 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. This class is for girls at least 75 lbs in 5th grade or older and is offered in Sessions 2 and 5.

Crafts
Crafts

This class is for crafty girls who love hands-on projects. You’ll get to unleash your creativity on several 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.

Discovery Girls
Discovery Girls

You’ll discover the world around you via fun experiments and hands-on activities in this science-based class!

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 can't get enough of the pool!

Doll Making
Doll Making

Create your own unique Rocky River doll as you learn the traditional art of doll making. Includes stuffing, sewing, and soft sculpture techniques. Great for all ages!

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 at the beginning of the week. Open to all skill levels with lots of opportunity to learn. We will have tech roles such as stage manager, making props, and gathering costumes.

Farm Girls
Farm Animal Fun

Ever wanted to collect a basket of fresh eggs, feed and pet a goat, hold a chicken, meet a donkey, or just learn more about our sweet farm animals? If so, this class is for you! Every day we'll have fun learning and loving on lots of cute critters. If you're a future farmer or just a fan of adorable animals, this class will be a good time!

Fashion Design
Fashion Design

In this class girls will use their creativity to draw and design. They will learn how to fashion sketch and practice their skills by using their wildest imagination to design ball gowns, swimsuits, a summer fashion line and more!

Fitness
Fitness

Explore what it means to live a healthy lifestyle and spend time doing exercises. Format may vary, but can include: kickboxing, pilates, yoga, jogging, water aerobics and more!

Bracelet Making
Friendship Bracelet Making

Create a variety of friendship bracelets using different patterns throughout the week. From basic to advanced, everyone can make a bracelet for a friend!

Growing & Gardening
Growing & Gardening

This class will teach techniques on taking care of your herb/veggie garden, landscaping, and propagating and planting indoor plants. Learn gardening, greenery, and growing tips you'll need to become a bona fide Plant Lady!

Barn Girls
Horseback: Barn Girls

In order to have more fun and age appropriate lessons, this class is now organized by grades at different hours. Barn Girls is focused on learning about horses from the ground up. Our lessons mix horseback riding techniques and fun horse care! In ground lessons, we'll teach grooming, saddling, anatomy of the horse, roping and more. In the riding portion, we'll work on western equitation, safe riding habits, riding games, and trail riding. Equine enthusiasts of all skill levels welcome!

Improv-a-rama
Improv-a-rama

In this theater skills class, girls will enjoy the basics of improv acting and games, as well as getting to have fun on stage, learning accents and skits.

Letters & Lettering
Letters & Lettering

We love snail mail! In this class, girls will learn the art of writing letters. They will also learn how to write in different fonts and make and decorate their own envelopes. Campers will write letters to friends and family to send via snail mail or give to friends here at RRR.

Mind Benders
Mind Benders

Mind games, card tricks, illusions and more! Have fun with your friends while solving puzzles and stretching your mind.

Miniatures
Miniatures

Learn how to create teeny-tiny objects for a tiny room you’ll love to take home and display!

Painting

Create your own masterpieces! Learn about painting techniques, composition, and art history as you express yourself in this class. Your painting will be part of the gallery displayed on closing day.

Pool Sports
Pool Games

For the camper who loves the pool! Start with structured games each day, add some fun on the slide and pool tools, and end each class with a little extra free swim.

Random Acts of Kindness
Random Acts of Kindness

Kindness is our language here at RRR. In this class girls will do a different act of kindness every day to serve the ones around them, our Rocky River community, and beyond!

River Sports

We’ve combined four river favorites in one class; enjoy the Blanco River as you learn how to kayak, cruise on a stand-up paddleboard, balance on a floating log and try your hand at catching a fish! This class cools off in the water and takes an end-of-session river walk.

Rocky River Reporters

Get behind and in front of the camera as the class shoots videos and writes articles that make up the Rocky River Round-Up newsletter. Girls will use iPads to edit their work and send out session news to parents.

Crate Stacking
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. This class is for girls at least 75 lbs in 5th grade or older and is offered in Sessions 2 and 5.

Sewing
Sewing: Clutch & Key Chain

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

Sewing
Sewing: Shirt Making (Int/Adv)

Use your sewing machine skills to sew a shirt! You will have the freedom to make it unique- choose from a variety of patterns, then add your own touches. This class is designed for intermediate/advanced sewers. We will send an email closer to the summer with a supply list to bring to camp. This class is offered in Sessions 2, 3 and 5.

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.

Strength & BeYOUty
Strength & BeYOUty

Beauty comes from the inside, and this class is all about confidence, individuality, kindness, and independence. Discussions and activities centered around topics such as healthy living (nutrition, exercise, hygiene) and how to foster self-confidence.

Sweet Decorating
Sweet Decorating

Learn techniques such as piping, painting, stencilling, using fondant and more as you practice your decorating skills. Put it all together at the end of the week to create adorable cupcakes and cookies.

Synchronized Swimming

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

Tennis
Tennis

All levels welcome as you learn, practice, and improve your tennis skills with lots of fun games! End the week with a trip to the local high school tennis courts.

Triple R Girls
Triple R Girls

Fun and effective ways to Reduce, Reuse & Recycle! Learn all about the 3 R's and make recycled products that will be useful in everyday life. Spend one class helping construct a recycled material greenhouse, while learning about food & waste composting. If you're interested in a low impact lifestyle or just want to make cute, upcycled crafts this class is for you!

Ukelele 101
Ukelele 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.

Water Aerobics
Water Aerobics

Have fun while doing water exercises in the pool. Staff will lead you in various exercises to improve overall health. This fun class listens to music and plays games in the water while getting a great workout! This class is offered in Sessions 2 & 5.

Yarn Girls

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

Zipline

Put on a harness, climb the telephone pole, sit on the platform, and zip across the gully! This class is for the fearless girls who love excitement. (Girls must be going into 7th grade or older.)

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 150 guests.

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Rocky River Ranch experience

I think camp was very beneficial for my daughter last year. She came home with new experiences that she will never forget. It's something that she is able to share with her friends and schoolmates too. It made a huge impact on her and I hope by going again this year that she continues to grow and mature as a thoughtful young lady.

‒  Robin Juarez

I had a wonderful experience of being a counselor at RRR 1960-61 and 1966-67. Those first 2 years I knew and loved both Mama Knolk and Jane. Later, I was there with Skeet and Sandy. I have great memories of all those special people and all the fun times at camp. I'm so glad the camp is still going strong!

‒  Mary Jane McDuffie Dillard Years at camp: 1960-61, 1966-67

I loved my counselors, I loved the river, and even learned how to sail on Canyon Lake. I still sing all the old camp songs that we sang every day after lunch to my little girl, who's five, every night before bed. I always end with, 'I love the mountains, I love the rolling hills ...' and then Taps.

‒  Shannon McCann Years at camp: 1966-1975

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

Oh how I wish I could still be a young girl and go to RRR every summer! I truly miss those wonderful weeks of absolute fun and excitement. This camp holds a very special place in my heart and will always throughout my life. I cannot wait until the day that my newborn little girl will be able to drive through the gate and live the summer days that not only her mother lived, but her grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother enjoyed. I cannot wait until the day that I can tell her all about her special great-great-grandmother (we called her GG, but most knew her as Mama Knolk) that opened beautiful Rocky River Ranch and created a place for many girls to create memories from. I am truly happy to see Mama Knolk's spirit still living on. May it continue to live on the dream that she always wanted.

‒  Allison Turley Torres Years at camp: 1986-1994

I am still amazed and in awe of the subtle and mysterious way that simple activities and experiences weave together to leave an indelible impression of love ... confidence ... appreciation. They seem so simple there in the moment ... the singing of camp songs, Friendship Circle at the end of an evening program, the Cowpoke/Wrangler drawing, saddling a horse for the first time, scooting down the rapids ... but each song, with each tug on the halter rope, with each stroke of the canoe oar, with each ring of "Goodnight, campers!" a new brush of color is being painted on her childhood experience. From those "colors" spring forth amazing women as evidenced by the many remarkable people that now call themselves Rocky River alumni.

‒  Alyson Stringer Steakley Years at camp: 1982-1989, 1993