FAQS

What are the cabins like?

All cabins are air-conditioned bunkhouses. Cabin placements are determined by age and grade. Rocky River honors bunkmate requests as much as possible for girls who are up to one year apart in age. Housekeeping duties in each cabin are shared by campers and staff. View photos or our facilities »

When are my balance and camp forms due?

All balances and completed forms are due by May 1st. You can make payments online through your account using a credit card or check (we prefer check as it helps keep the cost of camp down for everyone) and even set up automatic payments. You can find the required forms in the Document Center of your account under Additional Options.

What does the camp fee cover?

Room, board, cabin group photo, canteen credit, laundry during Sessions 2 & 5, and camp activities are covered. Ropes Course (Trainees and SIT 1’s only),  Horseback, laundry during Session 3, and airport transportation are the only things with an additional fee.

Can I call my camper while she’s at camp?

Rocky River campers do not have access to phones while here. If you have a question, or would just like to check in, feel free to call the office. A staff member will be happy to call you back within 24 hours to answer any questions you may have. 

Can I visit my camper while she’s at camp?

For your camper’s safety, Rocky River does not allow visitors on the campsite while camp is in session. 

Our summer plans changed. Can I get a refund for camp?

Rocky River will refund the tuition minus the deposit until May 1st. Please submit your cancellation in writing so that we can process your refund as quickly as possible. 

This will be my camper’s first camp experience. What can I do to prepare her for camp life? 

The best thing to do is talk to your camper about what camp life will be like. Explain to her that she will not be able to see or talk to you while at camp and that you know she will do great while here. 

Call to set up a time before the summer to visit the camp and speak with a director ─ we’ll be able to show you cabins, where classes are held, where campers eat, etc. Pack for camp with your camper ─ allow her to write her name on her clothing, choose a special stuffed animal to bring, and which books she’d like to read during downtime. Allowing her to see the camp and know what she’ll be doing and what she is bringing will help alleviate any natural anxiety she may be experiencing, enabling her to have the best time possible while here.

I have two campers attending. Can I drop them off at the same time?

Only if they are in the same cabin. Please follow our check-in schedule as our summer staff are often out on the campsite until just before your scheduled arrival time. Feel free to explore the campsite and visit the Canteen store until your scheduled check-in time.

My camper wants to change her class schedule ─ is this possible?

Absolutely. Campers can change their schedule online via your account any time until the week before arrival. Class info online is in real-time and waiting lists are managed if classes are full. Also, your camper will have the option to change her classes at camp until Tuesday at noon.

My camper eats a special diet (or is just picky!) What is the food like at camp?

The food at RRR is not your regular camp food! Many campers list it as one of the top reasons for coming back each year. We are able to accomodate most special diets, such as vegetarian, lactose-free,  gluten-free. Be sure to include your camper's allergies or special needs on the Health History form. We start each day with a hot breakfast, including cereal, fruit and yogurt as additional options to the day's menu. Breakfast and lunch are enjoyed eating family style in the cabin groups. An extensive salad bar and PB&J fixings are always available at lunch and dinner. Dinner gives campers the opportunity to sit with friends they have made outside of their cabin groups, and consist of classic meals like pizza, chicken nuggets, and tacos.

What happens if my camper gets sick at camp?

Rocky River takes healthcare very seriously. Our wellness center is well equipped, staffed and maintained for our campers who need special care, and our camp doctor 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.

Is Rocky River Ranch a religious camp?

No, Rocky River is not a religiously affiliated camp. We welcome campers from all religious backgrounds. We love having a diverse community! Our long time traditions do include singing grace before meals and ending the day with a Friendship Circle, which includes saying The Lord’s Prayer.  Campers are encouraged to do what is comfortable for them while remaining respectful of others. On the second Sunday of longer sessions, our older campers plan and lead the entire camp in a character based chapel service. 

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 Rental

Event Rental

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

RRR is not just two months of SCREAMING prepubescent girls singing songs in the Grubstake, Free Swim at the river or raids on other cabins, it becomes a way of life that helps guide you through the rest of your life. Not unlike the Marines who are brothers for life, those of us who were campers and counselors are sisters for life and will do anything to help each other, no questions asked!

‒  Lezli Smith Giancarlo Years at camp: 1981-1989

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!

‒  Alyson Stringer Steakley Years at camp: '82-'89, 1993

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

Attending RRR is a tradition in my family — aunts, cousins, sisters, and best friends all have great memories that we still talk about today. I am waiting for the summer that my daughter is old enough to attend and experience the same wonderful times that I had. My memories of summers at RRR are so special to me. Thank you, thank you, thank you, Skeet and Sandy, and all of the staff from every session, for the ten years of summertime bliss!

‒  Melissa Ross Crispin Years at camp: 1984-1994

My years at Rocky River were some of the most wonderful times in my life. My sister (Laura) and I still spend hours talking about our fun times there. We still remember our days of swimming in the river, riding horses and water skiing. I can't wait until my little girl can experience all the joy and fun I had as a child for herself.

‒  Debbie Merian Polasek Years at camp: 1976-1987

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