June 26, 2018

Being the new tennis counselor at CRL was such an amazing experience that I can hardly find the words to describe. I was placed in the legendary cabin “Heave Ho”, with wonderful co-counselor, Marguerite Coombs. Our July consisted of routine room checks, pranks and danc...

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...

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?...

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...

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...

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