POINTERS TO PARENTS

Welcome to the Rocky River Family! We are thrilled that your camper will be part of 68 years of camping traditions at RRR. Please take the time to review this guide and talk to your daughter about the changes that will be made this year. 

SPECIAL CONSIDERATIONS FOR SUMMER 2020

We strongly recommend those in high risk groups, and those who feel they would be unable to comply with safe distancing and hygiene practices, move their camp experience to summer 2021. 

Our recommendation is that each household will quarantine before their session and practice safe distancing to mitigate the risks of spread so that everyone will be healthy when they arrive at camp. For the fourteen days leading up to your camper’s arrival at RRR please be very mindful of all interactions and limit exposure. We’ve learned that when interacting with others outside of the household, it is best to wear a mask indoors, wash your hands often and stay six feet apart even while outdoors. In order to provide the safest possible experience for our campers and staff it is imperative that these precautions are met. We appreciate your partnership and all of your efforts!  

We will be providing a document for you to log your campers temperature and daily health screening for the seven days prior to her arrival. We ask you to complete this form and bring it with you to drop off. We will also be sending more details about how to prepare your camper’s medicine and other necessary documents. Look for all of this information in an email soon. 

We also recommend that you take great precaution when your daughter’s camp session ends. Research indicates that children can be asymptomatic and therefore spread COVID-19 unknowingly. We advise that you limit her contact with anyone in a vulnerable population for fourteen days after camp. 

If you have concerns or questions regarding our quarantine guidelines, please contact the camp office at info@rockyriverranch.com or 512-847-2513.  

 

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. This year it will be extra important for campers to keep their belongings in their designated space.

NEW THIS YEAR

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.

MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS AND JEWELRY

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. Campers should bring the amount of clothes needed for their entire session.

TRANSPORTATION

Parents will need to secure their camper transportation to and from camp. We will not be providing any transportation from airports, bus or train stations, and we recommend that campers do not travel on public transportation before or after their session. Parents will be required to sign a contract acknowledging that they or an approved emergency contact (someone who is not in a high risk group) must remain able to pick up their child if necessary within 4 hours of being contacted. We will be monitoring cases and areas that are deemed “hotspots”. If your area sees a spike in cases and is deemed a potential “hotspot” we may contact you in order to roll or refund your camper’s registration. 

CHECK-IN DAY

Because we want to limit exposure as much as possible, we will be asking parents to remain in their cars during the check in process. We will give you more instructions upon arrival but our plan is to have different station for you to drive through to all easily done without you exiting your vehicle. The stations will include a place to: 

  1. Drop off your camper’s medication 
  2. Turn in your camper’s temperature log and get your camper’s temperature taken 
  3. Drop off any letters and/or your one care package 

Counselors will be wearing a facial covering and 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 as our road ways are narrow and we would like to prevent traffic jams. We appreciate your patiences and understanding with each other and our staff as we all navigate this new system. 

Arrival Times: 

      1:30- Western Empress and Bar K 

      2:30- Circle B 

      3:15- Lazy D 

      4:00- Bar Nada 

If you have multiple campers to check in, please get the camper in the first time slot settled first and then find a staff member to assist you in making a plan for your next daughter.  

CHECK-OUT DAY

Because we want to limit exposure as much as possible, we will be asking parents to remain in their cars during the check out process as well. You will get more information before you arrive to pick up your daughter but we plan to make it a very simple and quick process. Please plan on the following times: 

      1:30- Bar Nada and Bar K 

      2:00- Lazy D and Circle B 

      2:45- Western Empress 

ACTIVITIES

Classes are a huge part of the RRR tradition and a way we encourage girls to express their individuality and develop new skills and interests. The guidelines from the Texas Governor's office, CDC, and the American Camp Association all agree that keeping campers moving together in cabin groups or “cohorts” is the best way to mitigate many of the risks of becoming infected with/spreading Covid-19. This means that we must adjust this year and provide fun camp activities as cabin groups instead of individually. We will definitely offer many of the activities that make RRR such a fun experience such as (but not limited to):  free swim in the pool and the river, pool games, river sports, diving galore, fitness, sport-a-day, 9G+, strength and beauty, anything goes, farm animal fun, discovery girls, improv, fashion design, yarn girls, friendship bracelet making, painting, doll making, miniatures etc… Within their classes and activities campers will be given the freedom to make many personal choices. 

As you know from the FAQs for Summer 2020, we will be spending most of our day outside so we would like to emphasize the importance of packing a good hat, lots of sunscreen and a well insulated water bottle. 

DAILY SCHEDULE

7:50 am      Breakfast- Group 1 

8:20 am      Breakfast- Group 2  

8:45 am       Flag & Morning Announcements 

9:00 am      First Activity

10:45 am      Second Activity 

12:00 pm      Lunch- Group 1 

12:40pm      Lunch- Group 2

1:10 pm      Rest and Afternoon Canteen (by cabin)

2:15 pm      Third Activity  

3:45 pm      Fourth Activity 

5:15 pm       Fifth Activity 

6:45 pm      Supper Outside 

7:30 pm      Evening Program

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 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. New this year: A 5x7 group photo will be emailed to you at no charge.

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.

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, 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 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. 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 AND CARE PACKAGES

Since the sessions will only be one week and we want to limit in/out deliveries and outside exposure we will not be picking up or accepting daily delivery of mailed letters OR packages. You can leave letters/cards on check-in day (6x8 inch envelopes or smaller) or use the Bunk Notes (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 one approved packaged envelope to be delivered on Wednesday of their session, 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 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 (quantities limited). 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! 

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.

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. Campers are not allowed to keep cash in their cabins. 

 

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I honestly believe that I wouldn't be the same person if not for my many years at Rocky River, and each year that passes makes me more aware of the grace I found here and the gift of the chance to become one of the few ... a Rocky River girl. To the land of the triple R, I pledge my heart to you!

‒  Alyson Stringer Steakley Years at camp: '82-'89, 1993

Mama Knolk — what a wonderful and gentle lady. She always wanted the best for us and for us to be our best.

‒  Jeanette Brian Lawrence Years at camp: 1960s

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

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 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.

‒  Shannon McCann Years at camp: 1966-1975

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")!

‒  Patti Scott Gillman Years at camp: 1972-1985