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.
Another favorite camp memory that lives on is the camp songs. I have sung them to my kids when they were babies … and still sing to them to wake them up in the morning ("Good morning to You!"). Last summer my daughter went to camp for the first time (at age 6). She had a great time and is looking forward to going again this summer. She sings camp songs almost daily (I'm ready for her to learn a few new ones other than "Boom Boom, Ain't it Great to be Crazy?" and "I Wish I Were a Little Bar of Soap")!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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!