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...

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?...

September 18, 2017

During rest hour, Julia danced around the cabin with the broom, who she named Fernando.  In the middle of her dance, she stopped and announced “He proposed!  He proposed!”  We cheered for the happy couple, and the wedding planning began.  It took several days of planni...

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...

February 17, 2017

Camp season is approaching rapidly, and I find myself lamenting the fact that I cannot go to Camp Riva-Lake in any fashion. I recall 2005, my first year, when I cried the majority of the car ride to Winchester and subsequently made my first friend through our mutual la...

February 5, 2017

Recruitment season in wrapping up, and it is one of our favorite parts of being directors at CRL.  We have the privilege of traveling to great cities, often staying in our campers homes and seeing what their lives are about the rest of the year.  A big thanks again to...

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