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 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 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. Click here for a printable packing list and dress code overview.
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.
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 Medication Administration Authorization 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.