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The truth is I would not have become the person I am today without RRR! Making decisions for classes at 7 years old (with the help of a big sister and Rue as my counselor), remembering to wear your bathing suit under your jeans so you could go from the barn to the pool without the dreaded trip back to your cabin, remembering not to sign up for your pool class right before horseback … I could go on and on. The mistakes we made there were safe and there was a support system to catch you if you fell.

Later I enjoyed working with the campers younger than me. First in WE as a big sister myself and later as a CIT Mom. In 14 years I grew and strengthened my commitment to myself. I felt loved unconditionally and I formed everlasting friendships. Some of them recently re-kindled after a 15-20 year gap as if no time had passed at all. In the last year I received a letter from a former CIT that spoke of my influence on her life. How it made her a better mother and a better woman. I have saved that letter for my children to read one day.

I will always feel like Skeet and Sandy helped raise me and they always saw the person I could be! I can never thank them enough for that.

Sunni Becker Markowitz
Years at camp: 1974-1988
 
Summer Camp for Girls 7-14
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Mary "Skeet" Anderson
Co-Owner
Mary
Mary earned her degree in Elementary Education from Texas Tech University and was Field Director for Girl Scouts for 17 years before joining RRR in 1966. Her experience has proven an excellent background for working effectively with children in camping activities. She, along with Sandy Bateman, purchased Rocky River in 1971 with a clear goal in mind — to continue the magical traditions that were founded so lovingly by founders, Carol "Mama" Knolk and Jane Brown. Skeet’s enthusiasm and excitement for the experience of camp is clearly contagious to her cherished campers.
  Rue Hatfield
Co-owner
Rue Hatfield
As Skeet’s niece, Rue literally knows camp from the ground up. She has been a Rocky River camper, counselor, Assistant Director and Director. She has now stepped into the mentoring roll of Executive Director and has taken Rocky River to the next level, and brought on a Director that will ensure the enduring spirit of Rocky River for many, many years to come. Rue earned her Bachelors degree in Child Development from Texas Tech University and her Masters in Education from Texas State, followed by several years of teaching both kindergarten and second grade. Her never-ending love and respect for children are the basis for the continuing success of Rocky River Ranch.
Email: rue@rockyriverranch.com
     
Shanna Watson
Summer Camp Director
Shanna Watson
Shanna joined the Rocky River family in 2003, bringing her vast camping experience with her. Her camping career started while she was earning her BA in Child Development from the University of Texas. She spent her summers at John Knox Ranch where she was a counselor, Trip Leader, CIT Director, and eventually became the Assistant Camp Director. Before coming to RRR she spent time as the Director of YMCA camps and worked with teen girls at a Texas Wilderness Program. Shanna was a member of the ACA Texoma board for six years, serving as the Vice President of Education. Shanna is dedicated to hiring, training and supervising the amazing summer staff and works year-round planning RRR programs.
Email: shanna@rockyriverranch.com
   
     
Counselors    
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College students and graduates are carefully screened for counselor positions. Applicants who exhibit strong leadership qualities, personality, teaching abilities, patience and sincere desire to help campers learn new skills and inspire them to be valuable members of society, are chosen. We select counselors with training and experience in working with children as well as skills to share with them.  

We feel it is important that counselors enjoy and understand children, are good role models, work well with other adults and enjoy the out-of-doors.

Our counselors share a sense of joy in the camping experience... from participation to leadership. We understand the importance of choosing most carefully the people who will help provide a child the experience of a lifetime.

 

 

Many of our counselors are “home-grown” and understand the Rocky River philosophy and way of life from personal experience.

Campers between the ages of 13 and 16 are encouraged to participate in our special leadership program. Participation in this program, from Trainee to Staff-in-Training (SIT) to Junior Counselor (JC), teaches valuable leadership skills that they will use for the rest of their lives.

   
     
 
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