Registering for Camp
How Old do You Have to be to Attend Camp?
River Valley Ranch has camp programs available for children and youth ages 7-17. Camps are organized by completed grade level with a minimum and maximum age set for each camp.
How Old do You Have to be to work at RVR?
RVR has a volunteer worker program for students ages 14-16 who desire to serve the Lord by working on our field crew, store crew, kitchen crew or dining crew. We have a variety of paid summer staff positions for ages 16+. Camp counselors are 18 or older. Visit our Work at RVR page to get more information and download worker and summer staff applications.
When Can I Sign Up for Camp?
Camp registration normally opens on November 1st of each year for the following summer. There are three ways to sign up: online, by fax, or by mail. A $100 deposit is required at the time of registration for each session in order to reserve a spot. The remaining balance is due by May 15th. Sessions are filled on a first come, first served basis, so it is important to register online or send in your registration and deposit as soon as possible. Visit our camp registration page for more detailed registration information.
May I Use My Credit Card to Pay for Camp?
Yes, we currently accept Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express for online registrations as well as fax or regular mail.
Is Financial Aid Available?
Financial Aid, in the form of partial assistance grants, is available on a limited basis. It is our desire that no child miss out on an RVR camping experience because of financial circumstances; however, since financial aid is limited, we suggest you look to alternative sources (grandparents, church, etc) before applying for aid in order to ensure a reserved spot for your child. If you wish to apply for financial aid, visit our Financial Aid page. You can also contact our Registration office and have one mailed to you.
If I Cancel, Do I Get a Refund?
Should it be necessary to cancel your registration, you must contact River Valley Ranch in writing (letter, fax or email). Once we are notified that your camper will not be attending, we can make the space available to another child. If we receive your written cancellation notice prior to May 15th, when the balance of camp fees is due, all but the $100 non-refundable deposit will be returned. Written notice received between May 15 and at least 14 days prior to the beginning of the registered session will result in a forfeiture of $150. Cancellation less than 14 days, but more than 7 days prior to the beginning of the session results in the forfeiture of $200.00. Cancellation within 7 days of arrival results in a $250 fee. Payments exceeding these fees will be returned. There will be NO EXEMPTIONS of these fees except for verified medical reasons: only after RVR has received written notice from a qualified physician verifying the campers inability to attend due to illness or injury; all but the non-refundable $100 deposit will be returned. Children sent home because of disruptive behavior are not eligible for a refund, nor will they be allowed to attend additional weeks at camp.
Camp Activities & Amenities
What Does the Price of Camp Include?
The prices listed next to each camp include just about everything your camper needs while at camp; food, lodging, specialty camp skill training, and a ton of fun activities! The only things that are not included are paintball, some crafts and spending money for the Tradin' Post (camp store) and The Wagon Wheel (snack bar).
How's the Food?
Having been in the camping business for over 50 years now, we have come to understand what it takes to make campers happy at mealtime. We work very hard to ensure that all meals are nutritionally balanced as well as delicious. We also try to take into account the fact that some campers will not like every meal, so we offer options at each meal. If you have any other questions, please read the Limitations to the Food Menu following this question.
While we have over 10 different breakfast menu options, this is an example of 3 of our breakfast meals being served this summer:
Sample Menu #1:
While we have over 14 different lunch menu options, this is an example of 3 of our lunch meals being served this summer:
Sample Menu #1
While we have over 15 different dinner menu options, this is an example of 3 of our dinner meals being served this summer:
Sample Menu #1
What are the Limitations of the Food Menu?
While we do our best to serve meals that the majority of people will enjoy, we understand that may not enjoy everything. As stated above, we do try to offer menu options that vary from the next (i.e. not serving beef at 3 consecutive meals, etc). However, because of the nature of how we are set up, as well as Health Dept guidelines, we simply cannot accommodate every need.
The following is a list of limitations to our meal plans:
- Specialized Meals - We are not able to serve individual specialized meals. If a camper brings to our attention that they are not able to eat what we are serving, we will do our best to find something else, but this must be the exception, not the rule.
- Food Allergies - We understand the some children who come to the Ranch have food allergies. We will do our best to assist your camper in this area. The following are our guidelines for food allergies:
- Your child must be able to determine what it is they are allergic to: if a camper is lactose intolerant, he/she needs to know all related dairy products to which they will have a reaction. For example, the camper must know that if cheese gives them a reaction, they cannot eat the lasagna. If they have a question about what is in a certain meal we have prepared, they should ask and the counselor will find out.
- At the time of check-in, please notify the camp nurse about your child's allergy to make sure it's on his/her health form. We will do our best to make sure your child stays away from those types of food, but it is ultimately the child's responsibility to watch out for himself/herself.
- If you are concerned about your child's food allergy, please call us and we can try to answer any additional questions you may have.
- Bringing Your Own Food - Due to Health Department regulations, we are not able to keep and store your child's food in our kitchen. If it is determined that your child will not be able to eat the majority of the food we are serving, you may send supplimental nutrition bars (i.e.: Power bars, Cliff bars, granola bars) or nutritional shakes in a can (Ensure, Ovaltine, etc.) with your child to be kept by the Health Center. After each meal, they will have the option to go to the Health Center and pick up their nutrition bar or shake. No food may be kept in the cabin or in the child's possession.
How Does Paintball Work?
Paintball is an exciting team-building game that has become very popular in recent years. It is designed in a Capture-the-Flag format where participants tag each other with paint in order to eliminate players from the game. The way in which players tag each other is by using a paintball marker which shoots a small ball filled with biodegradable paint that bursts upon impact. Since the paintballs are potentially dangerous to the eyes, players are required to wear protective masks while playing. The games are monitored by at least two referees who closely supervise the game to ensure no player removes his/her mask while playing. Campers may not bring their own paint or markers*. (*Paintball campers may now bring their own markers, but RVR is not responsible for damage to personal equipment)
Paintball Camp: Campers will play a minimum of 2-3 hours per day. Campers use RVR's five paintball fields to participate in traditional games of Tag, Revolutionary War, Capture the Flag, and other specialty games using paintball markers. All equipment and air will be provided, though paintball campers may bring their own markers with compressed air tanks. Campers will be given 400 rounds per day (if extra paint is needed, campers can purchase paint at: 200 rounds/$4).
Paintball option for Teen Classic & Adventure: These campers will also be given the option to play a round of paintball during their stay at RVR. This is offered as an elective that they may choose to participate in during their afternoon activity time. All necessary paintball equipment will be provided, and there is no charge for the experience. However, campers who wish to participate in paintball will need closed-toed shoes, long pants & a long-sleeved shirt that can get stained. (Most of the time the paint does wash out, but we recommend erring on the side of caution!)
A Note About Safety: We recognize that while the risks of injury in paintball is very low, there is still a risk involved in playing, particularly to the eyes. However, if your camper follows the basic rules and safety guidelines we give them (i.e. at NO time should you remove your mask, etc), the chance of an injury resulting from the paintball itself is almost zero. If a player is seen violating those rules even once, they will be taken out of the game and not allowed to participate again. You as a parent can help us by encouraging your campers to follow all the rules. Please note that paintballs can sting when you are hit and can sometimes leave small welts on areas of your body that are not padded. For this reason we highly recommend that campers wear long pants and closed toed shoes (cleats are best for the terrain.)
I Noticed You are a Christian Camp. Will You Push Your Religion on My Camper?
We are a Christian camp, and therefore teach Christian values from the Bible in our camping programs and activities. We also hire mature Christian staff who we expect will model a Godly lifestyle that we hope campers will want to emulate. In each camp, we will give campers to opportunity to make a decision to follow Jesus Christ and his example. However, we recognize that it is a personal choice to become a Christian and fully respect each individual's decision. We do not force nor use scare tactics to try and make someone do something they don't want to do. Since we are a non-denominational Christian camp, we do not promote a particular denomination or church. This means it is our practice to present the simple message of the Gospel as found in the Bible and teach Christian values without promoting nor condemning any denomination or church. If you have any questions about who we are and the Christian messages and values we teach, please call us at 443-712-1010. You can also visit our About Us section for information on our history and statement of faith.
If I Have Children in More Than One Camp (Arrowhead Woods, Fort Roller, Frontier Town) Will They Get to See Each Other?
Our Arrowhead Woods and Fort Roller programs eat meals in the same facility and have several shared camp activities throughout the week, so campers in these programs would be in closer proximity. If this is a concern for you please let us know and special arrangements can be made to facilitate your campers being able to see one another. You can discuss this with one of our camp directors as well upon arrival for check-in.
Are the Cabins Air-Conditioned?
All of the cabins at Frontier Town are air-conditioned. Fort Roller is located up on a hill surrounded by trees. There is always a breeze, so it has great natural air-conditioning. The Fort Roller cabins are equipped with large fans to provide supplemental air circulation inside the buildings. Teen Adventure campers sleep in our platform tents which are located in the woods, which is always significantly cooler than the main parts of camp. These tents are equipped with canvas walls that can be rolled up to allow for excellent air-circulation (each platform tent has screen walls as well). At Arrowhead Woods, each teepee is equipped with a ceiling fan.
Where Do the Campers Stay?
Our property is divided up into 3 campuses: 1) Arrowhead Woods (completed grades 2-3); 2) Fort Roller (completed grades 4-6) and 3) Frontier Town (completed grades 7-11).
Arrowhead Woods campers stay in tepee-style cabins, with a modern, Native American themed bathhouse.. They are located in the woods on top of the hill, just outside of Fort Roller. The teepees are all equipped with cieling fans, electricty and concrete floors with rugs.
Fort Roller campers stay in cabins on top of a beautiful hill overlooking the Gunpowder River Valley.The cabins at Fort Roller contain large exhaust fans, but are not air conditioned; however, the area is shaded and usually has a nice breeze making it cooler than the valley.
Frontier Town campers are housed in a variety of facilities:
- Teen Classic - stay in either the Muddy Creek Lodge or the Mill. Both are air-conditioned.
- Horse and Rodeo Camps - stay in the Line Camp which is also air-conditioned
- Adventure Camp - stay in platform cabin tents located in the woods near the river. While there is no air-conditioning, this area is probably the coolest spot on camp.
What is the Daily Schedule of the Camp?
Each exciting day at RVR includes morning group devotional time, special surprise events, large and small group games and activities, free time to enjoy the multitude of recreational activities at the ranch, specialty camp skill-building time, captivating evening programs featuring dynamic speakers, and evening snack time. Meals are usually served at around 8am, 12pm, and 5pm. More detailed sample schedules are available on the following pages for the camps that fall under their programming:
Why does RVR charge for Emails?
We charge for emails to help cover the costs of providing this service. We have invested considerably in this service (photos and email) and we must help cover our costs or we would be unable to continue offering it.
If we offered this service for free then many parents would email us at least 4-5 times per week which would mean over 1200 emails
per week (almost 10,000 per summer). The time it would take to administer and print 1200 emails per week would simply be cost prohibitive.
The email service we've chosen to provide is the answer to that issue. It allows parents instant, convenient access to their campers and allows other relatives out of state or overseas to communicate with them as well. But it does come at a cost, even if it is a $1.00. Of course there still is regular mail which is cheaper but does not provide the same instant access.
How Do You Go About Hiring Your Counselors?
Understanding that probably the most important factor in your childs camp experience is the camper/counselor relationship, we take great care in hiring the best possible counseling staff. Starting in January, we send out two recruiting teams that visit over 8 college campuses to meet potential staff. Our staff interviews a number of applicants in person and narrows the search from there. Counselors are then required to fill out an extensive application that includes three references all of which we follow up on. It also includes three Personal Evaluation sheets that references are required to fill out completely before the staff person is hired. As a final precautionary measure, all staff we hire are fingerprinted and required to undergo extensive background checks by local and federal police departments. After they are hired, we have 10 days of training including certification in first aid and CPR*. Year after year we consistently hire top-notch staff and believe that your camper will be in the best hands when they come to camp.
*One staff person per cabin is certified.
How Do I Request a Roommate for My Camper?
If you have decided to go to camp with a friend, you can request that they be placed in the same room. We have developed several policies to enable your camper to share a room with a friend. Here's how it works:
- Each camper is allowed ONE roommate request. This must be done on the registration form at the time of registration.
- When you request a roommate, you are NOT requesting the same bunk. We do not reserve bunks, only rooms. You choose your bunk AFTER you check-in. If you would like to get the same bunk you can increase your chances by getting to check-in on Sunday right at 2:00 pm. You can then go to the bunkhouse and pick out the bunk together.
- We do not allow campers more than 2 grades apart to share the same room. For example, if your child has completed 8th grade this year, they CAN share a room with a 7th, 9th, and 10th grader but NOT an 11th grader or above.
- We usually move older kids down not younger kids up. For example, if your camper has completed 5th grade and his roommate request has completed 4th grade, your child will be moved down with other 4th graders.
- While 99% of the time we are able to fulfill roommate requests, we cannot guarantee a roommate. We will do our best to make sure your camper gets in the same room as their roommate request.
- In order to maximize the chances of you getting your request, we suggest you register at the same time (even better is to put registrations in the same envelope).
IMPORTANT: We DO NOT give out personal information about any camper other than your own. For example, if you would like to know if your neighbor Jimmy is registered for week #6, we cannot give you that information. You'll need to contact Jimmy yourself to find that out. We do this to protect each camper's privacy to ensure that no unwanted information gets out. Thanks for your understanding.
How Does the Camp Bank Work?
RVR has a variety of stores and shops that your camper can use to purchase gifts, crafts and snack food items. They may do so with the money you have deposited into their account prior to the week they attend. RVR is equipped with a computerized banking system that will allow your campers to purchase items in our stores without having to use cash. Each camper wears a name bracelet that will help the store cashier's identify each camper. You may add bank money at any time during your child's account by accessing your online portal.
How Do I Deposit Money in the Bank?
The easiest and fastest way to deposit money in your child's bank account is to do so before you get to camp. You can do this in two ways:
- Make a Deposit Online in Your Account:
- CLICK HERE then log into your RVR account
- Click "View Current Registrations"
- Click your camper's name to view their registration page
- Click "Store Account"
- Enter the amount to add, and make payment
- Mail a Check:
River Valley Ranch
4443 Grave Run Road
Manchester, MD, 21102
If by mail, please be sure to identify your camper and that it is for bank money.
If you do not put bank money in prior to attending camp, you may do so on Check-In day, but this will slow down your check-in process. You may also deposit money in the bank while your child is at camp through your online account. Note: This process may take up to 24 hours!
How much do I Put in Their Account?
Most parents put between $25 and $100 in spending money for their campers. Please note that if your child is in Frontier Town and plans to play paintball, they will need a little more spending money than average. See our Questions About Paintball section (above) if you have more questions about Paintball.
What Happens to My Child's Bank Money at the End of the Week?
There are two options for dealing with the remaining balance on your child's camp bank account:
- Donate the Remaining Balance to the Ranch: During camp registration you will be given an option to donate the remaining balance on your child's account to the Ranch as a tax-deductible gift. All donations will help to fund the programs for the following summer. A receipt will be available upon request.
- Send the Remaining Balance to You: If you did not choose the above option on your registration form and your balance is greater than $5.00, your bank money will refunded electronically within 2-3 weeks of returning from camp. (Under $5 will only be returned upon request.)
Is RVR inspected by an Outside Agency?
Yes. RVR is in compliance with the Code of Maryland Regulations (COMAR) for summer camps. We also are inspected by the State and the County several times a year.
What is the Camper to Counselor Ratio?
Our camper-to-staff ratios change depending on their age and the camp your child is attending. The following is a list of ratios:
- Arrowhead Woods (ages 7-9) 6:1
- Fort Roller (ages 9-12) 8:1
- Frontier Town (ages 12-17) 8:1
- Adventure Camp (ages 12-17) 6:1
- Horse & Rodeo Camps (ages 12-17) 8:1
- X-Camp (ages 12-17) 7:1
The counselors stay in the cabins with their campers.
What Do You Sell in the Camp Store and Snack Shop?
In the Wagon Wheel (Snack Shop) you can enjoy various hot food options including our seasoned waffle fries. Our wide variety of candy, snacks & cold beverages will more than satisfy anyone’s snack time craving. Make sure to leave room in your belly for your favorite flavor of our famous hand spun milkshakes!
In the Trading Post (Merchandise Store) you won’t want to go home empty handed. Who doesn’t want to show off their camp spirit with some RVR SWAG!? Remember your time at RVR with trendy t-shirts, comfy sweatshirts, fun hats, & awesome souvenirs.
Oh, No, My Child Left Some Stuff at Camp!
If some of the items you packed for your child have taken a hike please fill out our Summer Lost & Found form, or call us at 443-712-1010 and let us know what you have lost. We will do our best to find the item, at which time you may come and pick it up, but please know that our policy is to donate unclaimed items to charity after two weeks.
Can I View Camp Photos While My Child is at Camp?
You can view photos of campers during the week for free. Maybe you'll even see your camper! If you see any photos you like, you can purchase a digital download or prints for a reasonable fee. After camp is over, these photos will remain viewable to purchase for a limited time. Instructions for viewing are available on the Photos and Videos page, and will require you to create an account on our Zenfolio photo website.
We also release a video at the end of each camp week, highlighting all the fun and excitement that was had! These videos are available to watch and share for free on our summer camp videos page and on some of our social media channels.
How does the camp handle prescription medications?
Our Health Services staff will collect and dispense the medications your child brings to camp as directed. It is very important that you follow these basic healthcare guidelines:
- Be sure to bring your childs completed health form to camp check-in.
- Please send all medication in the pharmacy labeled bottles. DO NOT USE DAILY PILL BOXES. Be sure there is only enough medication for the week your child is at camp. All prescription and over the counter medications must have a Medication Authorization form filled out by your doctor.
- Scheduled medication administration times are typically after breakfast, after lunch, after dinner, and before bed, unless a different specific time is required.
- All medications must be turned into the nurse with the exception of fast-acting inhalers and some prescription topical acne ointments (please still indicate on list of use).
- You must have a written physician order attached for the nurses to give injectable medications. This includes insulins (with sliding scale dosing if used) and growth hormone replacements.
- Over-the-counter medications such as Tylenol, Ibuprofen or Benadryl are supplied by the health center. Please do not send extras to camp. We do not stock aspirin or aspirin containing products.
How Do I Get to Camp?
The best way to get to RVR is to follow our directions posted on the website. Once you have arrived on property there will be signs to guide you to either our Arrowhead Woods & Fort Roller check-in location (for overnight campers up to grade 6) or to our Frontier Town check-in location (for campers grade 7 to 12).
If you are arriving to drop off your child for Day Camp on weekday mornings, just look for parking signs to direct you by our main office on Grave Run Road. You'll be directed to the Buffalo Lodge building, which is your drop-off and pick-up location each day.
How Do I Write or Email My Child at Camp?
We understand that for many parents, leaving your camper is a difficult thing, however, we have several services in place to help you keep in contact with your child.
We do encourage you to write your camper while they are at camp. You can do so in two ways:
- Use our Email Service, available thru your online account ($1 per email, packages available) One way emails are pulled from online once a day at Midnight and delivered the next day during mail call.
- Use regular snail mail to the following address:
(name of the camp your camper is attending)
4443 Grave Run Rd.
Manchester, MD 21102
Please be sure your return address is included on the envelope should your mail arrive late. It is advised that you send snail (post office) mail no later than Tuesday of the week your child is there. Otherwise, it may not arrive until after you camper has returned home.
How and When Do I Check In?
Check-in for camp begins Sunday at 2:00 pm and ends at 4:00 pm during the camping season. Arrowhead Woods and Fort Roller check-in is held at the camp on top of the hill and Frontier Town check-in is held at the main camp area in the valley.
All balances must be paid by May 15th so there will be no need to collect additional fees during check-in. The only additional payments allowed on check-in day will be bank money, which can (and should) be done online ahead of time. Be sure to bring any necessary remaining health forms and other documents with you that haven't already been completed online, as your child cannot attend camp without them. If you've lost your camp health forms, visit our Camp Forms page.
In What Circumstances Will the Camp Contact Me?
- Severe Homesickness - If your child becomes homesick, we will do our best to try and keep them at camp. Most cases of homesickness pass within a day or two. However, if they become unduly homesick, we will contact you. We encourage you to remain enthusiastic about your child being at camp, even if we have to call you. Most children can remain at camp and have a great time with proper support from their parents.
- Health Reasons - If your child becomes injured or has an extended time of illness you will be contacted as soon as possible.
- Inappropriate Behavior - Each year a few campers become so disruptive to the camping program that we have to ask their parents to come and pick them up early. Please inform your child that even though they are going on vacation this does not mean they are taking a vacation from appropriate behavior. IMPORTANT- If your child is sent home early for Inappropriate Behavior, they will not be allowed to attend camp again. In addition, if they are signed up for another week later in the summer, you will lose the non-refundable deposit for that week as well. Please inform them of this before they come.
What Should My Camper Bring with Them?
A key to a successful camp experience for your camper is to make sure they come to camp prepared. Check our list below to make sure your camper brings everything they will need for their week of camp.
All clothing worn by campers should be modest and in good taste. In some cases, we may ask campers who are wearing questionably immodest clothing (i.e:. very short shorts, tight or see-through clothing, cropped shirts, excessively low-riding jeans, etc.) to change. Please be sure your camper packs appropriately. See the dress code listed in our Parent Handbook found on our Camp Forms page.
What TO Bring to Overnight Camp: Jeans, shorts (no short shorts, please), rain wear, bathing suit (girls: modest 1-piece suit. T-shirt must be worn with a 2-piece suit. guys: modest.), tennis shoes, extra shoes you don't mind getting dirty/wet, jacket or sweatshirt, boots optional (hiking, riding, etc), hat, pillow, sheets and blanket/sleeping bag (most camps have an overnight campout), towels (for bathing and swimming), personal items, laundry bag, Bible (if you have one), bug spray.
If you are part of a specialty camp, please bring all of the items listed above as well as the items listed below for your camp:
Adventure Camp: Hiking shoes/boots, bug repellant (preferably with DEET), rain suit/ poncho, inexpensive backpack (optional, for carrying personal items to bathroom/camp, etc.)
Horsemanship, Trail Riding & Rodeo: Boots with a heel (preferably western), long-sleeved shirts. All Horsemanship and Trail Riding participants must bring a sleeping bag.
Paintball Camp: Extra clothing to play paintball in & personal water bottle. Campers may also bring their own of the following (though not required): Cleats (non-Metal), Paintball Mask, Paintball gun, Compressed Air or Anti-siphon Co2 tanks, Paintball pants, jerseys, pod-packs, Squeegee/ barrel swab, arm pads. Long sleeves.
What TO Bring to Day Camp: Water bottle and closed-toe shoes (leave both in cubby all week). Swimsuit, towel, sunscreen, change of clothes, and white tshirt for tie-dye (optional). *Must wear long pants & closed-toe shoes for horses (no crocs).
What NOT to Bring: No personal valuables should be brought to camp. This would include CD players/radios, all electronic games, cell phones, valuable jewelry, good clothes. In the atmosphere of a camp, campers tend to forget, lose track of, or misplace things. Also, we do not allow OTC medicine or vitamins (the nurse can hold them), knives, or tobacco products.
Be sure your children take home all that they brought with them to camp. We suggest you mark all of their items ahead of time. We also suggest you check the bunkhouse, clothesline, and pool before leaving. All items unclaimed are held for 2 weeks then discarded or donated.
When Do I Pick Up my Camper?
Camp ends Friday evening with a closing service we like to call a “Rally.” Parents are encouraged to come and attend the closing Rally with their campers. Each camper must be signed out before leaving. Counselors will be available at the end of the Rally. If you are unable to attend the Rally, you must pick up your campers by no later than 6:30 pm for Fort Roller and Arrowhead Woods camps, and no later than 7:00 pm for Frontier Town camps. If your child is picked up after the Rally, the parent must still find the counselor and sign out. If someone other than the person designated on the camp application is going to be picking up the camper, please email or fax notification by noon on Friday.
*If you are planning to pick up your child earlier then 4:00 pm you must schedule an early pickup by emailing email@example.com
Frontier Town: (Grades 7-11)
4:00 to 5:00 = Demos*
5:30 to 6:00 = Closing Rally
6:00 = Optional Cook-out
7:00 = All Campers Must Be Picked Up
*Horse Camps, Drama Camp, & Paintball Camp
Fort Roller & Arrowhead Woods: (Grades 2-6)
3:00 to 4:00 = Demos*
5:00 to 5:30 = Closing Rally
5:30 = Optional Cook-out
6:30 = All Campers Must Be Picked Up
Can I Call My Child At Camp?
Campers who have purchased a Phone Time bracelet ($6 for 10 minutes per day) will be able to make phone calls each day during afternoon free time starting on Tuesday. We do not open our phones on Monday to help campers get acclimated to the program before talking with Mom and/or Dad (which helps with homesickness). Since parents cannot call campers directly, we advise that parents sit down with their campers ahead of time and discuss how you would like them to use their Phone Time bracelet. We will not require campers to call, so they will have to do so on their own initiative. Phone Time bracelets will available for purchase in the camp store if you did not purchase one during check-in. Phone Time bracelets are also included with the RVR Care package.
AN IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT CALLING YOUR CAMPER: It is our experience after 50 years that talking with a parent can often times distract the camper from the experience they are having. Many children are doing fine and enjoying themselves only to become homesick after talking with a parent. Please keep that in mind when checking in with your camper.
CONTACTING YOUR CHILD: If you MUST contact your child due to an emergency, you can call the RVR Camp Office at 443-712-1010, Monday-Friday, 9:00am - 9:30 pm. Messages left on the machine after 9:30pm will be checked the following morning. In an absolute emergency if you need to contact comeone after 9:30pm you can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll send you our after hours cell phone number. Simply call that number, leave a message and one of our staff will call you right back.