Thank you so much for your patience and understanding over the last few months. The current pandemic has really turned our “normal” upside down in so many ways, including our beloved summer camp sessions at Rocky River Ranch. At this time, we are keeping Sessions 3 - 6 available with limited capacity, new safety measures and other modifications.
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Like many of you, we have been listening to news reports on the current situation. We are trying our best to gain knowledge and perspective on what it all means for us at camp. We really want camp to happen this summer - we all know kids need it now more than ever! We will do everything in our power to make camp happen and at the same time, the safety of our camp community will always be our top priority.
The good news is that we are getting guidance from great sources.
*The Texas Governor’s office is working specifically on day and resident camps regulations on how/when they can open. We are told that we will have details from them by May 18th.
*Our national governing body, The American Camp Association, has partnered with leading doctors and other health officials to put together a “Camp Operations Guide” pertaining to the COVID-19 pandemic. This will be a very detailed guide including topics such as: disinfecting program equipment, running meals, suggested sleeping arrangements, limiting capacity, opening and closing day procedures, screening, testing, preventing spread, personal protective equipment and much more. We are told that we will have this resource in hand by May 18th.
*Our Medical Director, a local pediatrician, has been walking with us each step of the way. He is committed to helping us translate guidelines and will help us put together protocols and procedures.
*We have also been in constant conversation with other camps in the state of Texas and pooling our years of experience as we work together to make these difficult decisions. We will continue to be in discussion with them as we move forward.
Please know that you, your daughter, and your families are in our thoughts through all of this. The world around us is different in ways we could not have imagined, and the reality is that this summer at camp will look different as well. We will be making final decisions about what that will mean in the coming weeks and will communicate again with you before May 22nd.
A special note to the girls in the Leadership Program (rising 9th - 11th graders). We so appreciate your dedication to RRR and your continuation in the program is very important to us. While we don’t know exactly what it will look like, we want you to know that we will definitely provide you options of ways to continue your leadership training.
We understand what a big decision it is to entrust your daughter to us, even under normal circumstances. Thank you for your understanding and continued patience as we all work together to ‘grow independent girls’ this summer and beyond.
Rue, Shanna and Hannah
After much consideration and countless conversations, we have made the difficult decision to shorten our summer. We will start our first session on Saturday, June 27th. As of now, we are cautiously optimistic that our July sessions can go on as scheduled and we are using all available resources to guide us. While this is a heartbreaking and devastating decision for us, we feel it is the best choice under the current circumstances. Our hope and constant prayer is that all of our camp families stay safe and healthy and that we see them at Rocky River in the future.
If your camper was in registered for Session 1, 2, 3 or either of the June Day Camp Sessions, you should have received an email from the camp office with options on how to stay connected to and support the future of Rocky River Ranch. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Right now we’re all doing a very new and unusual hard thing. The current COVID-19 situation is fluid, changing daily…sometimes even hourly. It is testing our adaptability and our patience, as we imagine it’s testing yours as well.
This summer may not look like all the summers that have come before or any of the summers that will come after. What we do know is that camp plays a vital role in the lives of our campers, counselors, staff and all of their families - at this time we are taking steps to determine how we can best serve our community this summer. We will let you know when we know what that looks like. In the meantime, we have extended our payment deadlines. Check for emails from the camp office with dates for your specific session.
We want to emphasize how much we appreciate your support and understanding as we tread these unfamiliar and unknown waters. We are tremendously encouraged by your kind words and feedback. We are thinking of you and your girls always, and encourage you to follow our Instagram and Facebook pages for fun from camp…until we can be at camp.
Greetings from Rocky River,
Just like all of you, we are watching the news change daily and our heads are spinning with a million questions. One of the hardest parts of all is that right now we can’t have all the answers. We wanted to reach out to you and let you know the few things that are certain.
First and foremost, the safety of our camp community (campers, staff, and parents) is our top priority. Each decision we make regarding our program will be based on this foundation. At this time we are planning for our Day and Resident Camp Sessions to happen on schedule. If we need to adjust some of our policies or procedures based on current guidelines, we are absolutely prepared to do that. If we need to make other changes for the safety of the camp community, we will let you know right away what those changes will look like.
The mission of Rocky River Ranch of “Growing Independent Girls” will remain our focus in all that we do. It is who we are, why we exist and carrying on that tradition is very important to us. As camp professionals, we are good at being flexible, creative and problem solving. These skills are literally what camp is all about!
Over the last 68 years, Rocky River has faced many challenges and our goal is to face this current challenge with the same grace and fortitude as the leaders before us did. We expect to have more information in the coming weeks and we will continue to keep you updated. We sincerely appreciate your support and encouragement and hope you will email or call us with questions, ideas or feedback.
We hope you, your families and you loved ones remain safe during this challenging time. Your daughters are precious to us and they are in our thoughts - please give them our love.
Rue, Shanna, Hannah and all the RRR Staff
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.
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 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.
Rocky River Ranch is like my second home. It is such a comfortable, fun place to be! I am planning to be here as long as possible, and want my future daughters and granddaughters to experience this camp. Rocky River has a special place in my heart, and is a big part of my life.
Mama Knolk — what a wonderful and gentle lady. She always wanted the best for us and for us to be our best.
I have said for years that RRR made me the person that I am today. Actually it wasn’t just RRR, but also the counselors that shaped my experiences and helped me be the best I could be. I learned to problem solve, lead others and to be a leader others wanted to follow. I learned to do my part and that I can do anything I decided to do. I learned to say 'I can' a lot more than 'I cannot.' I learned to co-exist with others which helps me to this day. As a young girl I learned what others around me now in their 30s still do not know. I learned to take care of and respect myself, respect others and the world around me.
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!
My summers at RRR were the most special times of my childhood. I have so many great memories that I'll never forget. Thanks to Rocky River, I found my true calling in life … teaching children! And, I fell in love with Wimberley so much, that I live here now!
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.