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 new 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 people; 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 activity choices! For time slots and descriptions, DOWNLOAD our 2022 Camp Classes PDF here!

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

New format for 2022!!! We learned a lot from the modifications we made over the last two summers, and in an effort to listen to feedback from campers, staff and parents, we are making a little adjustment to the class format. Morning classes will be individualized and 5:00 class will be done with 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. We are excited about this new format, and hope you are too!
Gaga Nine Square
9G+

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

Anything Goes
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!

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
Challengers

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

Chants & Cheers
Cheers & Chants

For the 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. Offered in Sessions 1,3 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 in 5th grade or older and is offered in Sessions 2 and 5.

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 can’t get enough of the pool!

Doll Making
Doll Making

Learn and use hand sewing techniques to create your own unique Rocky River doll.

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. For those who want to be involved behind the scenes, we will have some tech roles too. (This class meets both weeks of 2-week sessions.)

Bracelet Making
Equine Bonding

This class is for those wanting to create a loving connection with horses by hands on learning in a ground lesson environment. Each camper will have one 50 min riding lesson during the week, but primarily this class will learn about horses from the ground up. This class is available to any age, and all levels.

Farm Girls
Farm Animal Fun

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

Barn Girls
Horseback Riding
This class is focused on learning about horses from the ground up. Our riding lessons focus on western equitation, safe seat, voice cues, and gentle reigning through lessons and games. Space in these classes is limited and costs an additional fee of $30/wk.
LEVEL 1: This class is for those with no previous riding experience.
LEVEL 2: This class will work on riding skills for those with minimal riding experience. Those who have taken one beginner class, gone on a trail ride, ridden at a friend’s house. This class is for girls who are comfortable around horses, but need to build a stronger base of knowledge on basic skills.
LEVEL 3/4: This class is for riders who have had two or more years of summer riding classes, takes lessons, owns/leases a horse, or have regular riding opportunities throughout the year. We will work with multiple skill levels in this class, but all riders need to be comfortable at controlling an intermediate level horse independently, and have at least some experience at a trot. Riders in this class will ride in a large arena, not on lunge line or in a round pen.
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 masterpiece! 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.

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, venturing up or down river, snorkeling, and rock hunting!

Crate Stacking
Screamer/Crate Stacking

Put on a harness, get clipped in, and be pulled up to swing from up to 40 feet high 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 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. Offered in Sessions 2 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.

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.

Water Aerobics
Water Aerobics

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

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!

Bracelet Making
5:00 Cabin Activity: Bracelet Making

Create a variety of friendship bracelets using different patterns and materials. From string bracelets to beaded bracelets, everyone can make a bracelet for a friend!

Sweet Decorating
5:00 Cabin Activity: Sweet Decorating

Become familiar with decorating tools, bags, tips & exploration into different styles of sugar masterpieces.

Improv-a-rama
5:00 Cabin Activity: Improv-a-rama

Cabins will practice the basics of improv acting and play improv games, as well as getting to be silly on stage. There will be lots of laughs as they learn accents and perform fun skits.

Pool Sports
5:00 Cabin Activity: Pool

A special time for the cabin to have the pool all to themselves! Girls will swim, dive, slide and play games with just their cabin mates.

Random Acts of Kindness
5:00 Cabin Activity: Random Acts of Kindness

Kindness is our language here at RRR. Girls will work together on a project to serve the ones around them.

Triple R Girls
5:00 Cabin Activity: Land of the Triple R

All things RRR! Group discussions and activities geared around independence, empowerment, respect, stewardship and camp history.

 

 

 

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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I can't believe this will be my second summer away from Rocky River. I'm so campsick. I find myself singing RRR songs all the time, and i wish I could be there now! Camp has meant so much to me. Thanks for such a wonderful experience.

‒  Sara Jane Mitcham Years at camp: 1998-2003

I would definitely not be the person I am today without the experience of camp. I remember being 7 years old and so excited about my first camp experience. I don't think I slept the entire night before leaving. When I arrived at camp it was the most wonderful place I had ever seen. Rue was my first counselor and she took the time to show me around and introduced me to the other girls. I was scared at first, but it did not last long. By the end of the first night camp already felt like a second home. By the end of my first two weeks I did not want to leave. Rocky River was a part of my life forever. In the end what I took away from camp was friendship, love, respect and confidence.

‒  Debbie Merian Polasek Years at camp: 1977-1987

Rocky River was a HUGE part of my childhood and I cherish all of the wonderful memories I have. Sandy, Skeet, Jim, Rue, Arthur — y'all were the best extended family a kid could ever ask for. My favorite cabin, Bar K, holds fond memories as well. The stories I have would take days to repeat and the friendships I made were oh so REAL!

‒  Kathy Hotz Thompson Years at camp: 1975-1987

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

Wow! I just spent ten amazing weeks at Rocky River. It was a great learning experience. My first job also! I had a wonderful time working with the counselors and the kids. I already miss it! I miss singing camp songs too!

‒  Brenda Ly Years at camp: 2004

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