We're passionate about Summer Camp at RVR and are excited to tell you why! We hosted a live, online open house on March 22nd, 2017 which you can view below. You can hear directly from our summer camp directors as they share many of the things that set RVR apart, and they answer many questions from parents and campers just like you. Just click play below!
There's lots more info on this page to help you get to know RVR, but we welcome your calls and emails too if you have more questions. Visit our contact page here >>
Start your Video Tour by choosing below:
Summer Camp Tour
Get a taste for summer before it even begins! In this tour you'll see the campus for each age group so you'll feel right at home when you arrive.
This tour covers all the essentials; an inside look at all of RVR's dormitories and various meeting spaces.
The adventures await at RVR. This tour highlights our exciting activities including our High Ropes Course, Zipline, Paintball, Giant Swing, GaGa, Climbing Tower, and Horse Center.
Food Service at RVR:
Frequently Asked Questions:
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.
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.)