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 activities 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.
Proof of a Negative Covid-19 PCR Test is required for each camper’s participation (antigen tests will not be accepted). The test must be taken no earlier than the Wednesday before the camper’s session check-in day, so please make sure your testing site can provide the results in time. Results can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org and must include test date and camper’s full name. Results can also be shown at the front gate if necessary, but please understand that no exceptions will be made. Campers will not be allowed to attend their session without providing proof of negative test results taken in the correct time frame. After taking the test we ask that campers limit their exposure in order remain healthy for their camp session.
If your camper's PCR test comes back positive for COVID-19, contact us right away. Our first option will be to find a spot for her in a later session in summer 2022. If this doesn’t work out, we will keep credit on your account to use toward a reservation before August 4th, 2023 (could be a summer session, Mother/Daughter Weekend, or Great Escape Weekend for women). You will still need to register for one of these programs online on October 15th, 2022, but you won’t loose the money you have paid toward the reservation. In order to avoid this happening, we strongly encourage you to limit your campers exposure before her camp session begins.
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.
If your camper is running a fever greater than 100.4*, we will contact you directly, and together with our Medical Director, make a plan together on how to proceed. You, or your approved emergency contact, must remain within 6 hours of availability to pick up your daughter if, after discussions, it is necessary for her to go home. Please make sure your approved pick up list is updated to reflect that. 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.
All campers and staff must provide a negative COVID-19 PCR test at the beginning of their camp session. We feel that is the best way to ensure everyone arrives at camp healthy and can then participate freely in the camp program (mixing cabin groups for all activities and meals). We will not require campers to wear masks, but they are welcome to bring and wear a mask anytime they choose. Our staff will be wearing them while indoors on closing day with parents/families around, but campers will not be required to wear a mask at any point during their session.
We certainly learned a lot over the last two summers and will continue to encourage lots of hand washing, cabin disinfecting, and personal space in order to keep the campers as healthy as possible during their time at camp.
We will continue to monitor the pandemic and notify you of any changes to these policies.
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. During these times, 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.
As youth development professionals, the owners and directors of Rocky River love, encourage and are advocates for every child. And as camp professionals, we feel strongly that every child can benefit from a positive camp experience; not only benefit, but we believe that a positive camp experience can be life changing! We want to be partners with parents to support and lift up every child and also help find the best camp experience for them, whether that is RRR or not.
Our mission at Rocky River Ranch will always be focused on ‘Growing Independent Girls’. For this reason, we feel that campers who identify as male, or biologically male campers in transition, will be better served and have their specific needs met, at an all-gender camp. We would love to support your campers needs with resources and sharing of other camp programs - please reach out to us for information and specific questions.
If your camper is non-binary or gender fluid, we would love to talk with you before their arrival. Please call the camp office and speak with the camp director to discuss details of the camp program and their desire to participate in an all girls camp. Every child is unique and we want to ensure the best possible camp experience for every camper. Over the years we have learned that open communication with parents prior to arrival is the best way to make this happen.
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 accommodate most special diets, such as vegetarian, lactose-free, gluten-free (contact the camp office if your daughter is diagnosed with Celiac Disease). Be sure to include your camper's allergies or special needs on the Health History form, and contact the camp office with any questions or concerns.
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. A salad bar and PB&J sandwiches 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.
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 grade. Cabins house both campers and staff, with a very high ratio of staff to campers.
All balances and completed forms are due by April 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). You can find the required forms in the Document Center of your account under Additional Options. All forms other then the medical recommendation can be filled out online. Please have your medical provider to fill out the Medical Recommendation Form and either email or mail it to RRR.
We understand that there are many reasons that may make it difficult to get the Medical Recommendation completed by April 1st. We can make an exception to the deadline for this form - please make every effort to have this form to our office at least 2 weeks prior to arrival.
Cancelations made before April 1st will receive refund of fees paid minus the non-refundable deposit.
Rocky River campers do not have access to phones while here. If you have a question, or would just like to check in, please feel free to call the office.
For your camper’s safety, Rocky River does not allow visitors on the campsite while camp is in session.
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 loved my counselors, I loved the river, and even learned how to sail on Canyon Lake. I still sing all the old camp songs that we sang every day after lunch to my little girl, who's five, every night before bed. I always end with, 'I love the mountains, I love the rolling hills ...' and then Taps.
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.
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!
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!
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!
I loved RRR from the second I saw it. The smell of the cedar trees sure was heaven compared to the pollution of Dallas. I only got to stay for two weeks that first summer, which was way too short a time. I rode the horses, shot up targets, and made stuff in the crafts hut. I know I made it down to the river a few times. It was the year that I got my red tie in the horseback department and I was sooooo proud! I got to stand in front of the campfire while the campers all went berserk over my accomplishment. I feel so lucky to have the memories that I do and those are of RRR. I don't remember much about my childhood, but I remember everything about RRR and how much I loved going there every summer. It was heaven on earth.