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Riverview Camp for Girls
What we're all about...
You’ll be amazed at all you can do as you Enjoy Extraordinary Experiences Every day! We are just off DeSoto Parkway on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama , and we’re located on the beautiful Little River, as well. Recognized as one of the South’s favorite all-around summer camps for girls, Riverview’s Christian emphasis and exciting programs are appreciated by both parents and campers.
Our one goal is for children and parents to feel the safe haven that is provided for our campers… a summer camp rich in fun, friendship, learning and adventure. Riverview is proud to be a part of a traditional camp that will make each child know “We're glad you're here!”
Riverview offers an incredible combination of exhilarating activities in an oasis of peaceful nature. You will enjoy exciting evening programs, optional trips, Counselor-In-Training Program opportunities and most of all, lifelong friendships! We also offer Mother-Daughter Weekend in the Spring, which is a great opportunity to introduce both moms and daughters to our campus.
As a Christian camp for girls, Counselors and staff begin our day with an enthusiastic “good morning and welcome to the day” talk to our campers in a beautiful, wooded setting that we call Morning Watch. Vesper campfires are a nightly tradition on our campus that includes a time of singing together and talks to inspire all.
We can't wait to speak with you as you make your decision about choosing Riverview Camp for Girls!
Our camp address
Riverview Camp for Girls
757 County Road 614
ACA, CCCA, AEE
What we offer...
Horseback riding (English & Western), Canoeing, Ropes Course, Arts & Crafts, Archery, Soccer, Volleyball, Swimming, Gymnastics, Tennis, Basketball, Cheerleading, Flag Twirling, Dance, Chorus & Drama, Knitting, Riverview Refinement, Outdoor Living Skills, and more.
Cost & Sessions
2024 2-week Sessions $4,975
Session 1 June 9-June 21
Session 2 June 23-July 5
Session 3 July 7-July 19
Session 4 July 21-August 2
2024 1-week Sessions $2,675
Session A June 9-June 14
Session B June 16-June 21
Session C June 23-June 28
Session D June 30-July 5
Session E July 21-July 26
Session F July 28-August 2
How do we screen staff?
One of our strengths that make Riverview unique is our staff. We hire intelligent, energetic counselors that you yourself would choose to be role models for your daughters. Our staff are college-age young women, most of whom have camped with us for years and come back to ‘give back’ to a camp they know and love! They have “grown up” with us! We know their families and they know and understand Riverview Camp! They appreciate and eagerly anticipate the opportunity to have a positive influence on young girls and peers in a Christian environment, year after year! Our new staff will be equally impressive. Many staff members are recommended by former staff and camp associates with which we already have a relationship of trust. The hiring process is thorough and complete for all our staff, regardless of our relationship/history with them. Each summer, your campers will enjoy a fun, caring staff that is eager for your daughter to have a great time at camp!
Ratio of campers to staff?
What are our safety & security policies?
How do we handle disciplinary issues?
What medical resources are available?
We normally have four nurses and one physician on campus to oversee the health of our campers. Each camper is required to have a completed “Riverview Medical Form" on file prior to her arrival in camp. Normally most campers never visit the Health Care Center and if so, it is usually for something minor (like a band-aid!). Because safety is so important to us, our Activity Heads of Departments and full-summer counselors are certified in CPR and First Aid. We are 15 minutes from a hospital in Fort Payne, AL: DeKalb Regional Medical Center and we are 45 minutes from Chattanooga, TN and Rome, GA hospitals and medical services.
What's our typical daily schedule?
Our daily schedule includes 6 activities a day. The first afternoon of camp each camper will select her six favorites and she will participate in them each day for her stay. If a child feels she needs to make a change from an activity during the first couple of days, we are happy to help accommodate her into the selection change. Campers staying multiple sessions may keep her same activity schedule or select a new rotation at the end of each two week stay. Because the girls choose all of their activities, they are always doing what they like...Riverview's supportive and encouraging atmosphere will foster personal achievement and improvement in activities that require individual effort. Gaining confidence and having fun, while learning, is the natural consequence under the careful guidance of certified and trained staff in all activities.
How do we help campers with homesickness?
Camp offers such a welcoming, warm, and friendly atmosphere that most children adjust quickly. In fact, they may even be eager for you to leave as soon as the car is unpacked! Do not be offended by this, instead REJOICE THAT YOUR CHILD IS ADJUSTING SO WELL! If you have never visited our campus before, we do hope you will arrive early enough to have time to walk around camp with your daughter.
In order for camp to be successful for all, it is important that parents take an active role (especially their first year of camp) in preparing their daughters before the camp session actually begins.
1. Talk about camp often. Remind her of the new friends and fun activities that she will enjoy. Prepare your daughter for being away at camp by encouraging her to spend a night or weekend with friends or relatives prior to camp. If she is apprehensive about being away, explain that it is like an “extended pajama party”... only they do go to bed at night! Also, explain to her that her counselors are there for her 24 hours a day!
Please tell her that she can talk to “Mrs. Susan, Mrs. Donna or Mrs. Cassie” anytime about anything! Questions do not seem too “silly” to our staff members, and we need for you to make sure she understands that!
2. Reassure your daughter that you will write often and keep that promise! Short and cheerful letters are best...it is fine to leave mail with us on opening day so that she will receive mail at the first mail call.
3. The more children know about Riverview, the more secure they feel. Seeing pictures of camp or watching the camp video helps the child begin to become familiar with camp surroundings and facilities. Explain to her that we will have a “camp tour” as part of our first afternoon, so she WILL SOON KNOW all about camp. In fact, let her know that you can’t wait for a personal tour on the day you pick her up from camp. If she is taking a bus home, explain that you are eager to hear all about the camp surroundings in her letters home or upon arrival home!
4. Meeting other girls going to Riverview from your local area will also help. If she is the only child coming from your area, help her to understand what a special opportunity this is for her to experience something that “no one else has done.” Either way camp will be an exciting opportunity for personal growth!
5. Please tell your daughter about your summer plans at home. Often, children worry that they are missing something at home. Assure her that it is “life as usual” at home and that camp is where the fun is. If parents are going to be out of town, the camp office will need the specific itinerary of when and where you can be reached.
6. Spend extra time with your daughter choosing outfits, rehearsing grooming habits, making the bed, folding clothes, putting dirty clothes in laundry bags, keeping their things in their space, respecting the space of others, hanging wet towels and swim suits on the clothes line, NOT USING OTHERS’ HAIR BRUSHES OR DRINKING AFTER OTHERS, etc. These situations do fall into place easily at camp, but affirmation from parents helps to successfully reinforce cabin life.
7. Have her “practice” taking a shower and washing her hair in the shower, if this is not her normal bathing procedure.
What percentage of campers return to camp?
50-70% of our campers pre-register on or before closing day of each session in order to secure their space for the next summer and to participate in the drawing for great prizes.
What kind of food is served?
Riverview Campers love our food selections! Served family style, with “camper friendly and parent approved” appetizing and nutritious meals, we offer plenty of local fresh produce daily!
Can parents visit camp?
Riverview does NOT have a visitor's day.
This policy enables our counselors to spend more time with their campers, allows the camp schedule to go smoothly without interruption, and it also prevents mid-session homesickness! We recommend parents and family enjoy camp on Opening and Closing days during the check-in and check-out process or register for Mother Daughter Weekend.
If your child is staying 4 or more weeks you may visit at the end of the 2-week session. Since, we do have special activities planned between sessions, please schedule your visit in advance with our office staff.
We upload hundreds of photos everyday so you will be able to enjoy your child’s camp experience! You will also have the option of purchasing the Waldo face recognition software app to install on your phone which will find your child in the uploaded photos and send a link to them directly to your phone.
How do campers communicate with parents?
The best way to communicate is with letters and emails. We print emails daily to put in your daughter’s cabin mail box to delivered right after lunch each day. We also offer a system called Bunk1 with a “bunk notes” option that allows your daughters to email you. If you are concerned about your child, you are welcome to call the office to talk to us and we will help you determine if a phone conversation with your child is the best option.
Are references available?
References are available upon request.
What's our policy regarding phones and digital devices?
Our role is to protect your daughter from exposure to what "other children” might bring to camp on electronics. We ask that electronic items and other valuables be left at home. Mobile cell phones or pagers, smart watches, electronics, DVD or MP3 Players, IPods, IPads, gaming devices, radios, tape recorders, CD players, lap top computers, computer gaming devices, jewelry, and other easily damaged items, are not recommended for camp use and should be left at home. Riverview reserves the right to hold these items in the office until closing day. Camp is a busy, fun, activity-filled, relational community that enhances your daughter’s life in ways far beyond “electronics”! Most campers will tell us that they “love” not having the “electronic stuff” while they are at camp.
Is tuition assistance available?
Applicable Discount Information •Before October 1 - is a pre-registration discount. This discount voids all other discounts. After October 1st: Multi-session discounts - $75 for more than one two-week session and $35 discount for an additional one-week session. •10% Sister discounts for the 2nd and 3rd, etc. sister in the same summer. If the sister discount is more than the pre-registration discount we will apply the sister discount before October 1st instead of the pre-registration discount.
If you are a person that likes to plan ahead, you may choose our monthly payment option…otherwise, payments are due in November, February and the balance is due by May 1. Riverview accepts credit or debit card or e-check payments for your convenience, or you can mail a check.