POINTERS TO PARENTS

We are so excited for summer 2022. In addition to celebrating our 70th summer, we are thrilled to be hosting camp in our traditional format again. We cannot wait to welcome all of our camp families through the front gate! We, like so many of you at home, are craving the mental and physical health benefits of friendship, fun, learning new skills, and playing outside in the beautiful Texas hill country.

Camp is so very important, and it will be here soon! Please take time to read through this information as it will help prepare you (and your camper) for the best possible experience. Lots of questions will be answered below, but please let us know if you need any additional information. You can reach us by phone, 512-847-2513, or by email at info@rockyriverranch.com.

PRE-SCREENING REQUIREMENT

Proof of a Negative Covid-19 PCR Test (antigen tests will not be accepted) is required for each camper’s participation. 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 info@rockyriverranch 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.

CLASSES

Classes are a huge part of the RRR tradition and one of the ways we encourage girls to express their individuality and develop new skills and interests. This summer campers will take three morning classes at 9:00, 10:00 and 11:00. These individual classes are chosen before they arrive for their camp session through their online account. Class selections can be edited online up to one week before their camp session begins. Waiting lists will be managed automatically, and we encourage campers to get on the waiting list for any classes they prefer. Once the camp session begins, girls will have the opportunity to change their classes until Tuesday at noon.

They will also do an activity at 5:00 with their cabin group. These activities will be assigned to the cabin as a whole, and each day they will rotate together through classes that are different than the morning offerings. See more information about the all the classes offered here.

DAILY SCHEDULE

7:15 am      Wake up Call

7:45 am      Flag Raising Ceremony

7:55 am      Breakfast, Cabin Capers, All Camp Capers

9:00 am      First Class

10:00 am     Second Class

11:00 am      Third Class

12:15 pm      Mail Call

12:30 pm      Lunch, Songs, Care Packages

1:30 pm        Rest

2:30 pm       Canteen snack time and all camp Gaga/9 Square

3:45 pm       Free Swim at Pool or River 

4:45 pm       Free Swim Ends

5:00 pm      Cabin Activity

6:20 pm      Dinner begins

6:55 pm      Sing Song Practice

7:15 pm       Evening Program, Friendship Circle, Showers

8:45 pm     Lights out begins, rotates by cabin

PACKING NOTES 

There is a suggested packing list for camp. We recommend packing in a trunk, small stacking plastic drawers, a suitcase, or duffel bag. Campers place their luggage under or at the foot of their bunk. It’s a good idea to include your camper in selecting her clothes and packing. Please don’t go purchase new items for camp - we suggest sending old or inexpensive items. We also highly recommend labeling each item she brings with her name. Labels or permanent markers work great for this! We have clocks, ceiling fans, and air conditioners in each cabin. Battery-operated personal fans are allowed.

WHAT NOT TO PACK

If found, these items will be confiscated and kept in the office until the end of the session. Furthermore, bringing any of these items could result in dismissal from camp without refund, so please pack with your camper. *Cell phones are NOT ALLOWED. If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact the camp director prior to arrival. 

ELECTRONICS

Camp is all about unplugging from the digital world and plugging into real conversations, experiences and skill development. Because we cannot properly supervise the sharing of content or monitor communications, and to help campers focus on the camp experience, we do not allow electronic devices, e.g. cell phones, smartwatches, iPod Touches, Kindles, laptops, tablets, electronic games, CD players, DVD players, iPods or MP3 players. Digital cameras are allowed, but not permitted for use inside cabins. Each cabin is equipped with approved music for campers to enjoy. If you have questions or concerns about this policy, please contact the camp director.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND JEWELRY

If a camper wishes to bring a musical instrument (which we love), it can be stored in the office for safe-keeping, for your child’s use only and not shared with anyone else. 



We hope you understand that we cannot assume liability for any camper’s personal property. For this reason, please leave articles of value (monetary or sentimental) at home. 

LAUNDRY

Please send a laundry bag with your camper’s name printed in large letters on the outside of the bag. Please label all items with your camper’s name.

One-week and campers should bring the amount of clothes needed for their entire session.
Ten-day campers can choose to pack for the entire session or have laundry done once for an additional fee of $15.
Two-week campers will have laundry done once over the weekend while at camp, included in tuition.

TRANSPORTATION

Parents will need to provide transportation to and from camp.

CHECK-IN DAY

After evaluating feedback from parents, campers and staff from summer 2021, we have decided to keep our “drive through” drop off process. We found this system was extremely helpful in fostering our mission of ‘Growing Independent Girls’, and easier for the campers to say goodbye to their parents in the car and jump right into camp life. Establishing independence from the start - unloading and setting up their stuff, making their bed, meeting their bunkmates and counselors, was all much easier to do on their own. They quickly find the support and encouragement of their counselors and other cabin mates, and all help each other - creating the unique cabin bond right away.

This procedure also helps limit exposure of COVID 19, and aids in our goal of having testing camper/staff be able to interact with the whole camp. All of these reasons have convinced us that keeping the parents in the car at drop off provides the best start to the camp session for the campers.

Of course we understand that this might be hard for some parents! You might want to see their cabin, meet their counselors and make sure their bunk is all set up. We want drop off to be a positive experience for parents as well. To this end we have the following solutions:

*If you have never been to RRR, or haven’t been in a while, we encourage you and your camper to schedule a camp tour sometime between now and June 5th (before our first camp session begins). Our leadership team would love to meet you, show you and your camper around camp, answer any questions you may have and give you a chance to see the facilities. Our schedule is flexible and we will make every effort to schedule a time that works for your family. Just email or call the camp office to set up a tour.
*We will be emailing you photos and biographies of each of the counselors prior to check-in (generally the day before camp session begins). This will help you get to know the staff and have a better idea of who your daughter will be spending her session with. The staff will also be outside the cabin, greeting you and helping the girls grab their stuff. Feel free to chat with them, ask questions and pass along any vital information at that time.
*On the first day of camp we will send a camp photographer to each cabin to snap a photo of each girl on her bunk. The photos of each girl by her bunk will be uploaded for purchase/viewing with all the other snapshots taken throughout the session, giving parents the opportunity to visualize her cabin and bunk area.

We will give more instructions upon arrival, directing you to each drive through stations. All can easily be done without exiting your vehicle. Stations will include a place to:

•Show your camper’s negative COVID-19 test/confirm receipt of test results
•Drop off your camper’s medication and talk to the nurse
•Drop off any letters and/or your max of two care packages per week
Counselors will be at the cabins to assist your camper in unloading her items. It would be ideal if all items were packed in the back of your vehicle, easily accessible and ready to grab.

We will also be staggering drop off times. It is very important to follow these times as closely as possible to ease overcrowding on our narrow road ways and prevent traffic jams. We appreciate your patience and understanding throughout this process!
Cabin assignments will be emailed before arrival - see below for specific drop off times.  If you have multiple campers to check in, please get the camper in the earlier time slot settled first and then check in your second daughter.

1:00 Western Empress and All Wagons

2:00 All sections of Circle B

2:45 Bar Nada

3:15 Bar K

3:45 Lazy D

CHECK-OUT DAY

Based on feedback from las summer regarding check out day, we have decided to do things a bit differently than any past summers. We are still working out the details (so look for an email with more information specific to your session soon) but we are planning to have two options for pick-up:

  1. An “express pick-up” option for those families that prefer to pick up their camper quickly and without exiting their vehicle. We understand that there are many reasons some families may prefer this option (long travel time, unable to be in the summer heat, unable to be in a crowd for health reasons, etc) so we want to provide a quick and easy pick up option.
    OR
  2. An “open house” option for families that would like to participate in a Closing Ceremony, Drama Show, shop in the Canteen, and the opportunity to visit the barn and other areas around camp.

As mentioned, specific details (such as times and how to indicate preference) will be emailed to you separately in early May. Please contact us with any specific questions in the meantime.

CAMP PHOTOS

During the session, a photographer will take each camper’s photo and a group photo of the entire cabin and counselors. Purchase of photos is optional and can be done through your account at rockyriverranch.com. We will upload snapshots of activities during each session ─ these may be purchased as well. Packing an inexpensive disposable camera or inexpensive digital camera will allow your camper to record her own special memories of camp too.

LOST & FOUND

Camp life strives to teach your child to be responsible for and take care of her belongings. It helps for her to be involved in labeling and packing her own clothes, towels, and bedding so she will be aware that they belong to her if they show up in the Lost & Found. Please label all items with your child’s name. We will make every attempt to reunite lost items with the rightful owner before the session ends. If items are left at camp, please contact us and describe (in detail) the missing item, and we will let you know shipping cost.

Note that the sooner you contact us the more likely it is we will be able to locate the missing item, and in September leftover items are donated.

HEALTH INFORMATION

You will need to let us know what medications your camper will take while she is at camp. You can do this through your online account. Just click on your camper’s name from the account detail page, and then on the lower right your will see a blue edit button under medications. Please enter the name and dosage for each medication. This information can be edited on your account until 5 days prior to your session. Please email if any changes occur after this time.

Your camper’s health is very important to us and we will follow the special recommendations of your doctor and your suggestions while she is at camp. Please note that all medications (including vitamins) must be in the original bottle or container from the pharmacy. By state law, the nurse will not distribute medications that are not in the original containers. Prescriptions must have the camper's name and dosing instructions on the label. They must be turned into the camp nurse upon your camper's arrival. The information will be entered in the nurse's ledger to ensure that the meds are given to your camper as required. If necessary, these forms also serve as permission to treat your camper in the event of an emergency.

MEDICAL TREATMENT
Our camp nurse or directors will notify parents if 1) a camper exhibits symptoms that are deemed worthy of off-camp medical treatment or 2) a camper has any illness that prohibits participation in the majority of camp and cabin activities form mor than 6 hours, or if your camper needs to spend the night in the health center with the nurse. 

Please do not send your child to camp if she is running a fever or is in poor health. The chances of making a speedy recovery while in the physically demanding environment of camp are very slim. We try to provide the safest and healthiest environment for all campers. In an effort to keep everyone in good health, we ask that you consult a doctor before bringing your child to camp if she has recently suffered or been exposed to an illness. We also ask that you check your child for lice several times in the weeks leading up to camp.

HOMESICKNESS

Sometimes a camper has a touch of homesickness the first night or two. Almost all children have some feelings of homesickness when they are away. You might receive a “come and get me” letter, but usually this feeling has passed by the time you receive it. Please resist that tug at your heart, as well as the parental urge to rush to Wimberley. If you have concerns, you are encouraged to contact the office. Campers soon understand that they have the sympathy, respect, and friendship of the entire staff. If we are unable to foster a child’s adjustment to camp life, be assured ─ we will not hesitate to contact you. 

If you are anxious about camp (we understand this year may cause even more anxiety than normal due to COVID), talk to the  camp directors; it’s important to avoid exposing your camper to your own anxiety. If you are feeling anxious, we recommend the following books written for parents: Homesick and Happy: How Time Away from Parents Can Help a Child Grow by Michael Thompson, and The Summer Camp Handbook by Christopher Thurber and Jen C. Malinowski. These are great resources to read before your camper comes to camp. 

Please do not allow your child to bring a cell phone, as she will not be permitted to use it, or even keep it in her cabin. Furthermore, bringing a cell phone may result in dismissal from camp with no refund. A phone call or text might reassure you of her well-being, but it could easily bring on a twinge of homesickness for your camper, as well as others. Given the opportunity, most campers will want to use the available phone to call home or a friend too. 

One of the reasons they are in camp is to experience living independently for a short while. Tell your child that you are proud that she is becoming more independent and able to take care of herself. If you are concerned about something specific or your child writes you about something you feel we should know, please call our office. 

Do not tell your camper that she can call home if she gets homesick. She will never forget it, and it will hinder her adaptation to camp life. Camp policy states that no child is allowed to use a phone. Discuss this with your camper and help her understand that she will not be able to call home. Please keep in mind that we will always contact you if there is a problem. 

Finally, please don’t make any deals with your camper about early pickup, e.g. “If you don’t like it, I will come and get you.” It sets her up for disappointment and keeps her from focusing on solutions at camp. After discussing the many possibilities, if you decide to take your camper home because of homesickness, the camp fee will not be refunded. It’s important to note that most campers adjust and enjoy their summer camp experience. If your camper is struggling with homesickness, we will make every effort to help her cope and move forward so that she enjoys a positive RRR experience.

If your camper is very homesick (not participating in activities, not sleeping or eating, sad more often than happy), be sure that we will contact you to make a plan together of the best way to help her. After discussing the many options, if you decide to take your camper home because of homesickness, the camp fee will not be refunded. It’s important to note that most campers adjust and enjoy their summer camp experience. If your camper is struggling with homesickness, we will make every effort to help her cope and move forward so that she enjoys a positive RRR experience.

MAIL AND CARE PACKAGES

You can leave letters/cards on check-in day (6x8 inch envelopes or smaller) or use the one-way email system (via your online account) and we will print and deliver your messages to your campers. We will mail out any letters or cards that your camper writes during her week here. 

You may also leave a max of two packaged envelopes to be delivered during her session. Packages must be in a sealed postal envelope (no bigger than 10.5x15). Packages not in sealed envelopes of the approved sizes will not be accepted! You can purchase these envelopes at Target, Walmart, etc. or purchase one at drop off for a minimal fee.

You may also order through our online Canteen Store at rockyriverranch.com. There are lots of items to choose from including some pre-made care packages - look for a flyer with these options to be emailed in early April. You can easily purchase items ahead of time or during the session via your online account. If ordering during a session, your order must be placed by 8pm to be delivered the next day. Remember, no letters or packages will be delivered on check out day! 

FOR SUCCESSFUL SHIPPING. . .

Anything sent via US Postal Service must be sent to our P.O. box or it will not be delivered.
<Camper Name>
<Cabin Name>
P.O. Box 109
Wimberley, TX 78676

If you use another delivery service, i.e. UPS, FedEx, etc., you must use our physical address or it will not be delivered. Rocky River cannot be responsible for missing packages.
<Camper Name>
<Cabin Name>
100 Flite Acres Road
Wimberley, TX 78676

If you want to send care packages, we suggest sending a small package the first day or two, and saving a special one for the last couple of days at camp. For a child experiencing a little homesickness, a letter suggesting a surprise at the end of the session gives her something fun to look forward to.

E-MAIL

We will print and deliver emails to your camper during Mail Call. Emails are sent via your account on rockyriverranch.com. Once you have logged in, click the “Email a Camper” button under the “Additional Options” menu. Emails are purchased in $5 blocks, $1 per email. Emails are printed at 10:30 am daily. Note: there is no Mail Call on check out days, so emails cannot be delivered. Remember: Your camper cannot send you emails while she attends camp, but we do encourage her to mail letters.

CANTEEN

Campers enjoy canteen time each day after rest period. They can choose between an ice cream, candy or snack item. Cabins are able to shop for T-shirts and souvenirs once a week. Your camper’s canteen account is included in camp tuition and set up as a debit system. We will be able to give her an accurate accounting of funds available and any remaining funds may be spent on the last day of the camp session during check out, or donated to the camp scholarship fund (note: families who choose express check out will not have an opportunity to spend remaining canteen funds on check out day. These funds will automatically be donated to the camp scholarship fund). Campers have no need for money at camp, and are not allowed to have cash in their cabins.

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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!

‒  Brenda Ly Years at camp: 2004

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.

‒  Erin Davis Terjesen Years at camp: 1985-1998

RRR gives young women the chance to excel in areas where they may not have ever had a chance to before … and an opportunity to gain self esteem and confidence. These are such amazing and important gifts that will stay with campers their entire lives. This is why RRR will forever be a "home" to its campers. A place where they feel accepted, and loved and special.

‒  Margaret "Meg" Beecher Lowery Years at camp: '89-2000, 2005

This was my very first camp I ever went to and let me tell you it was the best! I only wish I had found out about it earlier so I could have spent more than just one year there. Y'all are an amazing camp and I hope you keep running for another 50 years.

‒  Claire Tilton Years at camp: 2002

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.

‒  Jonica Crosby Cason Years at camp: 1977-1983

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.

‒  Shannon McCann Years at camp: 1966-1975