Why are we planning to move forward with camp in 2020 amid continued Covid-19 concerns?

  1.  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 have been taking cautious steps forward this spring to form 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 want to 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 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.”- Paul McEntire, chief operating officer of YMCA of the USA.  

  1.  We are making 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:

  1.  Our recommendation is that each household will quarantine before and after their session and 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, move their camp experience to summer 2021.

    Those at high risk
    include people of all ages with underlying medical conditions, particularly if not well controlled. Older adults, 65 years and older, are at higher risk for severe illness and death from COVID-19. We strongly recommend that if your camper or any household members have these, or any other, high risk factors that you plan on camp for summer 2021.

  1.  We are reserving the right to cancel session(s) as we continue to gather the most up-to-date information and safe practices. If we cannot offer your child a camp experience that we feel balances the joy of summer with the best safety practices we will inform you of cancelations and begin a process to refund or roll registrations to 2021.

It’s my daughter’s first year at camp, should she still attend?

This year at RRR is going to be unlike any of the 67 years before it, and hopefully the next 67 years! We acknowledge that it may be difficult for new campers to adjust to not only new surroundings, new people, and unknown traditions, but the additional protocols surrounding COVID-19.  We encourage you to take this into consideration as you make your decision.

Will campers from out of town, out of state, or potential hot spots be able to attend this summer?

Parents will need to secure their camper transportation to and from camp. We will not be providing any transportation from airports, bus or train stations, and we recommend that campers do not travel on public transportation before or after their session. Parents will be required to sign a contract acknowledging that they or an approved emergency contact (someone who is not in a high risk group) must remain able to pick up their child if necessary within 4 hours of being contacted. We will be monitoring cases and areas that are deemed “hotspots”. If your area sees a spike in cases and is deemed a potential “hotspot” we may contact you in order to roll or refund your camper’s registration.

What changes will be made to the opening and closing days of camp this year? 

Opening day of camp is always full of excitement; being greeted by happy counselors, seeing old friends, and the joy of meeting new friends! This summer will have all those same cherished moments, however, the initial drop off procedure will be different, especially for our parents. Because we want to limit our campers’ exposure as much as possible, we will be asking parents to remain in their cars, and have their campers’ belongings and camp necessities ready at the time of arrival. We will also be incorporating an additional intake screening that will include a temperature check to ensure that everyone is happy and healthy before entering their cabin. We will continue to work out the details about staggered drop off times and official procedures. 

Closing day is also full of excitement and energy. As usual, campers will have a memorable closing ceremony with their cabin groups and their cabin counselors, including a bead ceremony. However, this year we will not be hosting our closing day ceremony and lunch for parents. Pickup will be similar to drop off, where parents will remain in their cars to limit exposure as much as possible. As always we will be posting photos and videos online to ensure you get the highlights of your child’s camp experience, even if she falls asleep right away on the car ride home! We will continue to work out the details about staggered pick up times and email official procedures. 

Will there be special requirements this year before my child comes to camp? 

In addition to the normal Health History and Medical Recommendation Form, we will also ask parents to sign an additional release form. Parents will also be asked to complete (and submit at drop off) a temperature log for the seven days prior to her arrival at camp. The approved pick up list must be updated to ensure it includes someone who can be here within 4 hours and is not medically compromised. You will receive an email with these forms and additional requirements.

Will I be able to send mail and packages to my daughter during her session?

Since the sessions will only be one week and we want to limit in/out deliveries and outside exposure we will not be taking any mailed packages. However, you can leave letters/cards on check-in day, one approved packaged envelope to be delivered on Wednesday of their session, or use the Bunk Notes (via your online account) and we will print and deliver your messages to your campers. We will mail out any letters or cards that your camper writes during her week here.

How will sleeping quarters and bathrooms be adjusted for safe practices?

We are required to limit the capacity of each session in order to accommodate the necessary spacing with cabins. Campers will be spread out and sleep opposite head to toe in order to further expand the space between each camper’s face. We will also have more cleaning procedures for the cabins and bathrooms in order to maintain a high level of sanitation. Campers will be taught on opening day, and gently reminded each time they enter their cabin, to wash their hands, and how to sanitize after themselves.

Will my camper have the same class and activity opportunities that we previously selected for summer 2020?

Classes are a huge part of the RRR tradition and a way we encourage girls to express their individuality and develop new skills and interests. The guidelines from the Texas Governor's office, CDC, and the American Camp Association all agree that keeping campers moving together in cabin groups or “cohorts” is the best way to mitigate many of the risks of becoming infected with/spreading Covid-19. This means that we must adjust this year and provide fun camp activities as cabin groups instead of individually. We will definitely offer many of the activities that make RRR such a fun experience such as (but not limited to):  free swim in the pool and the river, pool games, river sports, diving galore, fitness, sport-a-day, 9G+, cheers & chants, strength and beauty, anything goes, gardening and growing, Triple R Girls, farm animal fun, discovery girls, improv, dance, fashion design, yarn girls, friendship bracelet making, sweet decorating, nature, arts & crafts. Within their classes and activities campers will be given the freedom to make many personal choices. 

How will my child benefit from moving in a cabin group?

We understand remaining in cabin groups may be a disappointment, however, we also see it as an opportunity for campers to build close and lasting relationships with girls their own age. We truly believe “the friends you make, while camping here, will last your whole life through”!

If I have multiple daughters attending the same session, will they be able to interact since they are coming from the same household?

We have a long tradition of sisters coming to RRR together and we hope to continue this tradition for many years to come. This year we will be using cabin groups as a safety measure to minimize the number of camper interactions which will mean that unless your daughters are in the same cabin group (which will continue to be determined by grade) they will not be interacting closely during the camp day. However, this will not mean they will be unable to send each other fun notes, exchange friendship bracelets and have a fun bonding experience they will remember for years to come.

If most of the activities are outdoors, what about the Texas heat?

Most of our outdoor activities will be held under shaded areas like our pavilions and porches, many of these areas will also have fans to help with air flow and cooling. A lot of fun water activities are scheduled to help beat the heat throughout the day. Our campers always keep their own water bottles with them at all times and this year it’s more important than ever to label everything with your campers name loud and proud! We also always recommend packing the appropriate sun gear including lots of sunscreen and a good hat.

Will my camper be required to wear a mask?

Within the guidelines and regulations the benefits of reduced contact and outdoor activities outweigh the benefits of masks. During outdoor activities we will not require your camper to wear a mask.  There may be times it will be beneficial to a wear mask indoors, like with our medical staff or directors. We will continue to review the guidelines and regulations and inform parents and campers before their daughter’s session of situations in which we will require a mask.

Will there be more availability of hand sanitizer and time for washing hands?

Yes! Yes! Yes! We will give your camper many safe opportunities to thoroughly wash their hands with soap and water, and we will be installing hand sanitizing stations throughout the entire campsite.

Will there be any off camp field trips during the session?

With regulations from both our state and our camping governing body about the risks involved with transportation and community spaces, at this time we have no plans to leave the property during any of the 2020 sessions.

Will the cabin staff leave the campsite during my daughter’s session?

Cabin staff will not leave the campsite during the session and campers will not be coming and going either. We will not have any visitors one the campsite during the session. 

How will health screening continue while my daughter is at camp?

We will be taking each camper’s temperature daily. In addition to these temperature checks, we will be assessing daily if camper’s have any Covid-19 symptoms. Our staff will be trained to monitor camper’s for any sign of health concerns within cabin groups and as always we will have trained medical personnel on site throughout your daughter’s session. 

If your camper is running a fever greater than 100.4*, or showing Covid symptoms, we will contact you directly,  contact our Medical Director and make a plan together on how to proceed.. You, or your approved emergency contact, must remain within 4 hours of our campsite in order to be available to pick up your daughter if she is showing signs of Covid-19 or that her immune system is potentially compromised. As always we strive to maintain open communication while your daughter is here at Rocky River Ranch, and we will provide you with a direct cell number if you would like to express concerns or check in about your campers health and happiness.

Will we be informed if someone in my daughter’s cabin group tests positive for Covid-19?

Yes. We will inform parents if their camper was in a cabin group with someone who tests positive for Covid-19,  and at the same time maintain the individual’s privacy. 

How will my camper’s dietary needs be met?

Campers love the food at RRR! We will provide the same camp favorites this summer, but the serving of the food will look different- such as box lunches, cafeteria style with staff serving, no community ice bucket, having picnic, etc.  We will still offer alternative foods to meet the needs of your daughter based on the information you supply on her health history.  If your camper has a severe food allergy, we encourage you to take this into consideration as a hospital visit this summer comes with a higher risk.  

Will there be a virtual camp? How can I keep my daughter involved if she can’t come this summer?

We will not offer a paid virtual camp for everyone who is unable to attend this summer (with the exception of an online leadership training specific to rising 9-11th graders). However, we are planning to keep in contact through our many social media platforms throughout the 2020 summer. We are brainstorming ways we can have campers celebrate the camp lifestyle at home.  We may upload some fun camp class instructional videos, and may offer a home care package so that we can maintain a connection with all our campers this summer. More information on this to come.

Multisystem Inflammatory Syndrome in Children

Since this syndrome impacts the ages of our campers we will continue to monitor any updated information surrounding it. As of now, the percentage of cases is quite low, and it is not an immediate concern of our Medical Director. The number of confirmed cases of Covid 19 and MIS-C will be a factor in making decisions about cancellations between now and your campers session. This is the most recent health alert from the CDC sent to medical professionals concerning MIS-C.



If your questions or concerns were not answered, please email us at info@rockyriverranch.com

We will be updating these policies and procedures as we continue to plan and gather more information in the weeks between now and the arrival of your session.

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I love Rocky River Ranch. It was a place I could go and feel accepted for the person I was — not the person I was expected to be. When we passed under that arch, the playing field was leveled and I was free to be myself, or even to reinvent myself! If I could ride, if I could swim, if I could do crafts or even if my only talent was spitting watermelon seeds, I was accepted!

‒  Britany Beever Just Years at camp: 1979-1984, 1987-1988

I’ve told my family that if I’m ever missing, can’t take the real world, think I need to drive away, they will find me at Rocky River Ranch. I’m now 41 years old, a mother of two and every time I turn down Flite Acres Road it is like going home and it makes me cry because I am so happy to be there. I had seven glorious summers at camp and I cherish every memory I carry with me.

‒  Jonica Crosby Cason Years at camp: 1977-1983

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.

‒  Claire Tilton Years at camp: 2002

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

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

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.

‒  Hara Chasis Cootes Years at camp: 1978-1991