POINTERS FOR PARENTS

Admission as a Rocky River camper carries many privileges and responsibilities. We expect campers to participate in the total life of camp ─ to work, play, and live together. Almost all girls are able to do this with little to no issues. However, if after intervention and in partnership with the parents, if a camper is unable to assimilate to camp life, or if a camper becomes a risk to herself or others, we reserve the right to dismiss her without a refund. 

Please supervise what your child packs. We do not allow: cell phones, tobacco, alcohol, illegal drugs or weapons. Bringing these items may result in dismissal from camp without a refund.

TRANSPORTATION 

We are happy to transport campers to and from the Austin airport. We just need notification in writing, by fax or email, at least two weeks in advance. Also, please confirm arrival of faxed or emailed notification by phone. There is a $30 fee per person for each trip to the airport. Please check with your airline about rules regarding unaccompanied minors traveling. 

PACKING NOTES 

There is a suggested packing list for camp. We suggest 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. Due to the unique design of our Wagons, they cannot accommodate trunks. If your camper is in the Wagons, please pack her belongings in a duffel, suitcase, or plastic drawers that can slide underneath her bunk (13-inch clearance). 

We recommend including your camper in selecting her clothes and packing. Please don’t go buy 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, but we cannot take responsibility for their safety. 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 or on check-in day. 

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.

HORSEBACK, MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS, AND JEWELRY

 If your child is in or might switch into, a horseback class, jeans or long pants are required. Helmets and cowboy boots with a smooth, hard sole and at least 1-inch heel are also required. We have helmets and cowboy boots to loan; please do not feel the need to purchase them for your camper. Due to safety issues, lace-up boots and/or thick rubber-sole hiking boots are not suitable. 

If a camper wishes to bring a musical instrument (which we love), it can be kept in the office for safe-keeping. It will be 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.

CAMP PHOTOS

During the session, a photographer will take each camper’s photo and a group photo of the entire cabin and counselors. A 5x7 group photo will be given to you at check-out for no charge. Purchase of your camper’s individual photo 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 contact you in regards to shipping cost. 

Items not claimed by September 1st will be donated to a local women’s shelter.

VISITING 

For the safety of all our campers, we do not allow any visitors during sessions. We do not have a parents’ day during sessions ─ campgrounds are open to parents on opening and closing days only. 

Experience has proven that campers adjust more easily to the camp routine without the emotional interruption of visits. We do not want to disrupt the flow of camp, lose the sense of independence, or increase feelings of homsesickness and anxiety that can be experienced when visitors come during session. We will not allow any camper to leave the campgrounds with anyone except her parents or camp personnel without written permission from a parent or guardian. Please update your authorized pick-ups in your online RRR account.

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. 

Including your child in decisions about camp and classes is vital to her success and sense of autonomy. 

Help younger campers understand the length of a camp session by comparing a week to something to which she can relate. Assure your child that you know when to pick her up, and that you will be there. 
Provide your camper with away-from-home experience ─ we don’t recommend that camp be her first sleepover experience, Talk through some strategies for dealing with her feelings while she is here. What works for some (pictures, letters, etc.) does not work for all. 

If you are anxious about camp, talk to the 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 can be 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; only directors and staff. 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.

MAIL

 Mail Call is one of the campers’ favorite times of each day. It is wonderful to see smiles on campers’ faces when they receive a letter or email. Stamps and stationery are sold in the Canteen, but we suggest self-addressed, stamped envelopes be sent with your child, especially for younger campers. (Place in a ziploc bag to prevent moisture from getting to them.) If you don’t send self-addressed envelopes, or teach your child how to write your address, you may never receive her precious letters! 

That said, often a lack of letters to home indicates your child is having a grand time and is too busy to write. Or you might receive a letter saying your child is homesick. Most of these types of letters are written shortly after arrival before your camper has made friends and become busy. Call the directors if you have concerns, but write back positively about your confidence in your child and excitement about her session. 

We urge campers to write often and suggest that you and other relatives write often to your camper. Please leave out the “we miss you unbearably” variety and avoid telling the child what they’re missing while they are away at camp. Sometimes parents write that they cannot get along without their camper. We understand this feeling, but it is not what your child needs to hear while at camp. 

If you have any negative news that must be shared with your child, such as the death of a pet, or something happening to a friend, please call the directors so they can help the camper deal with it. Alternately, consider saving such news for when you are with your child. Parents, this is very important ─ please think about how your words will affect your child. If you are unsure about how to communicate news, please call the camp director and make a plan together of how (and when) would be best. 

The first Monday is an excellent day for mail. It gives special attention to your child and makes her feel good because you wrote on the first day. Letters and packages may be left in The Forty Niner on check-in day and will be delivered on the requested day of the week. Due to storage issues, packages left in The Forty Niner are limited to two per week and must be in a sealed envelope (see Care Package Info, page 8). You may leave unlimited letters (6x8 inch envelopes or smaller).

 Our address for letters is: 
<Camper’s Name> 
<Cabin> 
P.O. Box 109 
Wimberley, TX 78676

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.

CARE PACKAGES

 There are several ways to provide care packages for your camper... 

  1. Order through our online Canteen Store at rockyriverranch.com. There are several to choose from and each one is filled with exclusive goodies. You can easily purchase them ahead of time, on check in day, or during a session. If ordering during a session, your order must be placed by 9pm to be delivered the next day. Remember, no letters or packages will be delivered on check out day! 
  2. Buy items in the Canteen on check out day and assemble your own care package. Our camp store will be open from 1:30-3:30 pm. 
  3. Create your own care package at home and drop it off in the Forty Niner after your camper is settled in her cabin. You may leave up to two packages per week in the Forty Niner. Packages must be in a sealed postal envelope (either 8.5x11 or 10.5x15). You can purchase these envelopes at Target, Walmart, etc. or purchase one in the Forty Niner for 50¢. 
  4. Assemble a care package at home and ship.

    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, ie 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. 

CANTEEN

Campers enjoy canteen time each day after rest period (by cabin) where they can choose 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, should she ask. Campers are not allowed to keep cash in their cabins. We will encourage your camper to spend her Canteen money during her session. However, if she has any money leftover, you will have the option to spend it on check-out day or donate it to the Campership Fund. 

REFUND POLICY

Cancellations received in writing by our office prior to May 1st will receive a full refund (minus the nonrefundable deposit). Cancellations after May 1st are not eligible for refunds.

Rocky River Ranch | Summer Camp Programs

Summer Camp Programs

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.

Rocky River Ranch | Weekend Programs

Weekend Programs

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 | Event Rental

Event Rental

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 would definitely not be the person I am today without the experience of camp. I remember being 7 years old and so excited about my first camp experience. I don't think I slept the entire night before leaving. When I arrived at camp it was the most wonderful place I had ever seen. Rue was my first counselor and she took the time to show me around and introduced me to the other girls. I was scared at first, but it did not last long. By the end of the first night camp already felt like a second home. By the end of my first two weeks I did not want to leave. Rocky River was a part of my life forever. In the end what I took away from camp was friendship, love, respect and confidence.

‒  Debbie Merian Polasek Years at camp: 1977-1987

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!

‒  Kathy Hotz Thompson Years at camp: 1975-1987

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

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.

‒  Stephanie Shupp Wilson Years at camp: 1978-1983

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!

‒  Mollie Cessac Booth Years at camp: 1979-1991, 1999-2000

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