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Camp Riva-Lake

1281 Riva Lake Road | Winchester, TN  37398

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June 20, 2018

July is around the corner, and I am so excited to be coming back to Camp Riva-Lake.  This will be my third stint as camp nurse; I guess I just can't stay away, and I feel so lucky to be part of such a fantastic organization. I'm counting down the days until I get to sp...

June 18, 2018

The weather is warming up, schools are out, and camp is just around the corner! I'm so excited for another summer full of laughter and horses at Camp Riva-Lake.  I can't wait for another chance to share my love of horses with the campers, to see their faces alight with...

My school takes a class trip every year.  Last year, in 6th grade, we went to Charleston, South Carolina.  Some kids were nervous because they had never been away from home without their parents. They were worried they would be homesick. They were worried that they wou...

February 26, 2018

My family asked me what I wanted for my 4oth birthday, and I said,  “All I want is to go to camp”.  And so began my journey back to CRL.   I remember parking near the tennis courts and walking up the gravel path to the Rock House, and the memories came flooding back....

January 12, 2018

It’s a new year, and I think all of us try to see ways in which we can improve ourselves. Just as we do as individuals, businesses also take this time to brain storm how they can improve. Every January our Board of Director’s meets to plan and strategize.  We share our...

October 3, 2017

Day after day, for a full month, all of us in the Riva-Lake community have absorbed tragedy after tragedy.  Mostly mother nature, and now one decidedly “man made.”  This morning I woke up, batteries still charged by the Atlanta pool party Sunday and feeling great antic...

May 24, 2017

“Welcome to Riva Lake
We’re glad you’re here!
We have a great big handshake
And a rousing cheer for you
So join in our happy song
We’ll have lots of fun fun fun fun
We hope your stay will be until our happy camping days are done!”

These are the lyrics that campers are g...

April 28, 2017

A simple family exercise this weekend has sent me to the computer to write about it.  Perhaps you will be able to relate…. 

For years we have been procrastinating organizing a photo album of our family’s annual June trip to Upper Captiva.  We have gone to this Flor...

April 17, 2017

Hi All! It’s Madeleine Mears. I can’t wait to come back to CRL for summer 2017 as head counselor along with Sam. This whole school year we have been planning for this summer. Camp has become my home away from home. As a camper, I have made many lasting friendships and...