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!
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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.
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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 kind of shoes should I wear for trail running? Can I wear my road running shoes or do I need to invest in trail-specific shoes?
While you can wear your regular running shoes, we would highly recommend investing in trail-specific running shoes. There are several areas on our courses, and many running trails, that will be challenging (rocks, roots, water, uneven terrain, gravel, etc..) and trail shoes are the best way to get through them. Trail shoes have extra protection to the soles of your feet and toes along with extra traction.
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).
What is the course terrain like? Will I have to climb anything?
The course has several different types of terrain which consist of flat grassy fields, several, several rock gardens, roots, ROCK scramble, gravel roads, fire roads, flowing single track. The ROCK SCRAMBLE has TWO option routes. One way requires a little more ‘climbing’ than the other but it’s a very short distance (5-7yrds).
Can I walk some sections of the trail or do I have to run?
Yes, almost everyone walks at some point :) Trail running is more about experiencing and enjoying your surroundings than it is about getting your PR. A good strategy many trail runners take is to walk the larger hills and run the rest. If you end up walking significant portions of the trail, that’s fine, but remember that many races (including our Half Marathon) have “Cut Off” times. Cut off times can be either a maximum amount of time you are given to finish the course or certain points in the course you have to make it to within a given amount of time. Our Trail Festival does NOT have a cut-off.