We understand how important the first day of camp is for our campers and their families. Sixty-five years of experience have helped us develop a streamlined check-in process. We want to help relieve the anxiety of the first day, and also shorten (or eliminate) standing in lines.
That’s why we require all balances and paperwork be turned in to our office no later than May 1st. The required paperwork (medical recommendation, health history, general permission and camper profile) can be easily accessed through your online account.
When arriving at Rocky River, please take your camper directly to her assigned cabin. Due to our narrow entry and road, and limited parking space, we have assigned campers’ arrival times to prevent unnecessary congestion.
There is no need to arrive early to save beds as they are pre-assigned, and bunkmate requests made during registration are taken into consideration.
If you’re checking in siblings, please wait to bring your second camper to her cabin at her actual check-in time. Feel free to stop at the Canteen Store, tour the camp facilities, or shop at the Wimberley Square, if you have a significant wait.
Upon arrival at your cabin, counselors will facilitate check-in and help you fill out the required health screening. They will also have a checklist to ensure that your paperwork has arrived and been filed. If you have medications (original containers required) or other special medical instructions, you can visit the nurse in the Forty Niner.
You may leave letters and packages for your camper in the Forty Niner. Many parents like this option, especially in the shorter sessions, as it ensures delivery on designated days. Note: Packages will not be delivered on Sundays or on the last day of any session. You may order or mail as many packages as you like, but because we have limited storage, packages that are left on check-in day are limited to two per week. Also we ask that each package be in an envelope (see care package info). This rule is strictly enforced so please make sure all packages are in sealed envelopes and do not bring more than two packages per camper per week. We cannot accept more than this limit (this limit is for packages only; letters are not limited as they are much easier to store).
After you’ve checked in at your camper’s cabin, helped her settle in, kissed her goodbye and dropped off any medications/mail, you have completed the check-in process!
Note: the front gate will be locked until 1:30.
1:30 pm: SIT 2’s, Western Empress, Bar O
2:00 pm: Circle B and Wagons
2:30 pm: Lazy D and Bar K
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 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!
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’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.
The experiences at camp gave me a confidence and feeling of accomplishment. First, just being able to take care of myself away from home (with the counselors help, or course) allowed me my first feelings of independence. Being able to try different activities in a non-threatening environment — things I probably never would have tried at home — was a great way of discovering who I was. Then, later on having the responsibility of caring for children by being a big sis to a younger camper and then CIT, gave me a life-long heart for children. Enough so I became a registered nurse working in the pediatric intensive care. I don't believe I would be the person I am today without those many experiences at camp.
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.