We have been in constant contact with both medical and camping professionals to weigh the risks and benefits of camp this summer. Camp has a huge benefit on children’s mental health and we know children need camp more than ever. We are creating and implementing new procedures to try and provide the environment that our campers look forward to, while also implementing mandated regulations and safety guidelines. We understand that many are concerned that the limitations that will be necessary to ensure a level of safety will take the “magic" out of camp. Without a doubt, camp will look and feel different this year. However, we will do our best to provide our campers with an opportunity to step into Rocky River Ranch this summer and feel connected, supported, and safe.
We whole heartedly agree with Paul McEntire's, chief operating officer of YMCA of the USA, statment “We have growing concerns about the ongoing mental health issues that are increasing steadily, affecting young people today…We are big believers that being outside always matters. But given quarantine, getting kids outdoors is hypercritical this summer.”
We are making some changes to our camp’s daily schedules and traditions in order to provide the least amount of risk, with the understanding that there is no way to have a 0% risk of Covid-19. These include, but are not limited to:
Our recommendation is that each household will practice safe distancing to mitigate the risks of spread so that everyone will be safe during their time at camp. However, we strongly recommend those in high risk groups, and those who feel they would be unable to comply with safe distancing and hygiene practices allow their camp experience to wait until the camp environment is more suitable.
During outdoor activities within the Day Camp group we will not require your camper to wear a mask. We do ask for you to pack one mask in a zip log back in case she needs to go into the health station/ interact with someone such as the nurse outside the Day Camp group. We have done our best to limit the amount of time campers will need masks by staying in one groups, having a majority of time spent enjoying the outdoors, and using good hand hygiene. Please send properly fitting masks that follow CDC’s guidelines.
Yes. We will inform parents if Day Camp who tested positive for Covid-19 or even if an individual was sent home with symptoms of Covid-19, while maintaining that individual’s privacy.
Drop off will be on separate days which will provide you a chance to focus on each daughter’s check-in separately. Pick-up on Friday will be on the same day during Day Camp Session 2 and 4. During those days, please arrive at noon to participate in the closing activity for Day Camp. You will then need to wait until the scheduled pick up time for your resident camper. You are welcome to stick around in your car in the parking lot, chatting with your camper or you can drive into Wimberley at the scheduled time. Please contact the camp office if other arrangements need to be made.
Day campers and resident campers will have separate schedules during the day, however, they will pass each other and can wave and say HI!
YES! Our well-trained staff are very cautious about sunburns and bug bites. We are very dedicated to making sure your child stays safe and healthy and will help them apply sunscreen and bug spray throughout the day. Please back plenty your preferred products.
Each camper will have a cubby where she can store her belongings- lunch, towel, swim suit, extra change of clothes etc.
On the first day of Day Camp, we will do a swim check with each camper. The swim check will be held by the lifeguards and will give them an idea of your daughters swimming ability. We will have life vests for girls who need/ want them. We will also have a rope in the pool to separate the shallow end and the deep end. In the river, we may require all children to wear life vests in the deeper parts depending on the level and flow. We will have multiple lifeguards at the river and at the pool. Our lifeguards are all Red Cross certified.
For the safety of all of our campers, Rocky River does not allow visitors on the campsite while camp is in session. Parents are only allowed in the parking/ pavilion area between 9:00-9:30 and 4:00-4:30. Parents may not go past the cone markers at any time during the camp sessions.
Rocky River takes health care very seriously. Our wellness center is well equipped, staffed and maintained for our campers who need special care, and our camp nurse is on-call throughout the season. Our counselors are trained in CPR and First Aid. Should any concerning health issue arise, a staff member will contact the parents right away.
We will provide snacks and ice water throughout the day, but will not provide daily lunches. Please pack a lunch for your daughter each day except Friday; that day we will end our session with a hot cookout and s'mores. Of couse, if your daughter prefers a packed lunch from home on Friday too, that's totally fine!
If you need to drop your camper off late or pick her up early please contact the office before hand via email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 512-847-2513. You can also contact Hannah Jeffers on her cell phone via call or text at any time 512-417-0517.
The campers will be very active throughout the day so we encourage the girls to wear comfortable clothing that they don’t mind getting messy in. We will be taking a group picture on the last day so please have your camper wear the RRR Day Camp shirt (distributed on the first day). The girls are required to wear shoes that will stay on their feet (no flip flops or shoes without a backstrap) and they will also need to wear river shoes when they go to the river. We have found that Crocs, or similar shoes, don't hold up well on our rough terrain.
YES! Theme days are fun dress-up days on each Wednesday during Day Camp sessions. We encourage your daughter to be creative and silly with an outfit for this day, but please don't feel the need to buy lots of items. Hopefully you already have things around the house she can use! We want these days to be fun and not stressful. Get excited for:
Session 1 (June 14-18th)- Flittery Flying Fun Wednesday-
Session 2 (Jun 21-25th)- Totally SUPER Wednesday-
Session 3 (July 19-23rd)- Bright As the Sun Wednesday-
Session 4 (July 26-30th)- Flower Power Wednesday-
Day campers will not draw to be on a team. Teams will only be drawn during resident camp sessions. Something to look forward to!
Rocky River will refund the tuition minus the deposit until May 15th. Please submit your cancellation in writing so that we can process your refund as quickly as possible.
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.
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.
This was my very first camp I ever went to and let me tell you it was the best! I only wish I had found out about it earlier so I could have spent more than just one year there. Y'all are an amazing camp and I hope you keep running for another 50 years.
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!
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.
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!
I honestly believe that I wouldn't be the same person if not for my many years at Rocky River, and each year that passes makes me more aware of the grace I found here and the gift of the chance to become one of the few ... a Rocky River girl. To the land of the triple R, I pledge my heart to you!