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 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 1:30. 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 Up, Lazy D (A-L)
2:30 pm: All Circle B Down, 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.
We still can't believe it has been 50 years since my mother, Mama Knolk, started RRR. We are so proud that it is still the same as she built it and still has the same spirit upon which it was founded. Our children and grandchildren have had the wonderful opportunity to attend camp and we all can still sing some of the songs when we get together. May the spirit of Mama Knolk stay with all that have attended RRR.
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 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!
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")!
Picture a Spot … My years at Rocky River mean more to me than can be written down in a little note. There's probably not a day that goes by that I don't think about an experience, a laugh, a friendship, a struggle, a success, etc. that I experienced at camp. I love that I can go back and find the same "safe haven" that I experienced as a 7-year-old girl in Circle B through several years as a Counselor! Driving across that cattle guard at the front gate, my heart beat calms to a familiar and comforting beat again, like nothing else I've experienced.
Rocky River Ranch is like my second home. It is such a comfortable, fun place to be! I am planning to be here as long as possible, and want my future daughters and granddaughters to experience this camp. Rocky River has a special place in my heart, and is a big part of my life.