nonnie thompson preuss



claudia alexander haney


Camp Riva-Lake

1281 Riva Lake Road | Winchester, TN  37398

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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...

April 17, 2018

For the past two summers Camp Riva-Lake has explored inspiring the strong bonds of sisterhood and strength in our girls as our theme. This summer we will be tackling an even bigger concept – AWE.  Since the late 2000’s I have followed Richard Louv, http://richardlouv.c...

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 27, 2017

Recruitment season….the next best thing to greeting everyone  at camp on opening day!

What a difference 2 years make!  Two years ago I was petrified as the new Director going on the road for recruitment parties.   So many things could go wrong…what if no one came?...

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...

March 31, 2017

Reflections on a Decade of Camp Riva-Lake

This summer will be my 10th year at my home in the hills of Tennessee.  Half my life has been dedicated to learning how to be “tender, brave, and strong” with my sisters.  Riva-Lake has truly made me who I am today.  I have pick...