We understand how important the first day of camp is for our campers and their families. Sixty-eight 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 one reason we require all balances and paperwork be turned in to our office no later than May 1st. The required paperwork (Medical Recommendation, Camper Health History, General Permission and Camper Profile) can be easily accessed in the online Document Center.
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. Please do not bring your camper prior to her scheduled time.
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 by 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 left on check-in day are limited to two per week and must be in a sealed envelope. We cannot accept more than two packages per camper per week . 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! Your camper will move on to having a swim check, lice check and getting to know her cabin group.
Note: the front gate will be locked until 1:00. Initials indicate first letter of last name.
1:00 pm: All SIT 2’s, Western Empress (A-L)
1:30 pm: Western Empress (M-Z)
2:00 pm: All Circle B Porch, All Circle B Down, Lazy D (A-L)
2:30 pm: All Circle B Up, All Circle B Deck, All Wagons, Lazy D (M-Z)
3:00 pm: Bar K (A-L), Bar Nada (A-L)
3:30 pm: Bar K (M-Z), Bar Nada (M-Z)
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 performing on stage and modeling in the fashion show. I learned how to shoot a bow and arrow, and how to do synchronized swimming. I wrote a 'Snoopy' column for the newspaper. In fact, a lot of the things I loved then are things I still love today.
Oh how I wish I could still be a young girl and go to RRR every summer! I truly miss those wonderful weeks of absolute fun and excitement. This camp holds a very special place in my heart and will always throughout my life. I cannot wait until the day that my newborn little girl will be able to drive through the gate and live the summer days that not only her mother lived, but her grandmother, great-grandmother, and great-great-grandmother enjoyed. I cannot wait until the day that I can tell her all about her special great-great-grandmother (we called her GG, but most knew her as Mama Knolk) that opened beautiful Rocky River Ranch and created a place for many girls to create memories from. I am truly happy to see Mama Knolk's spirit still living on. May it continue to live on the dream that she always wanted.
The truth is I would not have become the person I am today without RRR! Making decisions for classes at 7 years old (with the help of a big sister and Rue as my counselor), remembering to wear your bathing suit under your jeans so you could go from the barn to the pool without the dreaded trip back to your cabin, remembering not to sign up for your pool class right before horseback … I could go on and on. The mistakes we made there were safe and there was a support system to catch you if you fell. Later I enjoyed working with the campers younger than me. First in WE as a big sister myself and later as a CIT Mom. In 14 years I grew and strengthened my commitment to myself. I felt loved unconditionally and I formed everlasting friendships. Some of them recently re-kindled after a 15-20 year gap as if no time had passed at all. In the last year I received a letter from a former CIT that spoke of my influence on her life. How it made her a better mother and a better woman. I have saved that letter for my children to read one day. I will always feel like Skeet and Sandy helped raise me and they always saw the person I could be! I can never thank them enough for that.
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!
My summers at RRR were the most special times of my childhood. I have so many great memories that I'll never forget. Thanks to Rocky River, I found my true calling in life … teaching children! And, I fell in love with Wimberley so much, that I live here now!
Mama Knolk — what a wonderful and gentle lady. She always wanted the best for us and for us to be our best.