Because the number of kids in each age group changes each session, the schedule also changes each session.
In order to deliver the best program, we adapt the schedule for each session. We make them in the week leading up to the start of the session, and publish them here for families to reference.
8:15-8:40 Meet at the bus stop
Bus counselors wait for campers at the Forest Hills, Duke, and Guess Road stops and call roll before leaving for camp. Check out the transportation page for more information.
9:00 Campers Arrive
Counselors greet campers as they come into the Shire. Campers put their lunches in crates to be refrigerated in Bag End, their belongings in cubbies, then choose from lawn games, arts and crafts, visiting the chickens, ping pong, jungle gym, tennis, or free play until the bell rings.
9:15 Morning Assembly
Good morning! We sing songs; double-check absences; Weatherman Joe gives us the day’s forecast; counselors make morning announcements; and we get ready for a great day!
9:30 First Activity Period
Orcs and general counselors meet their groups at their meeting spot on the lawn, lead campers to their first activity, and participate with the group throughout the day.
10:15 Juice Break
Everyone returns to the Shire for a little snack and some free play on the lawn. Riverlea provides “bug juice” (Gatorade) and cookies or crackers.
10:30 Second Activity Period
Could be swimming, archery, or tennis…
11:15 Third Activity Period
Could be nature, athletics, or arts & crafts…
Campers sit with their age groups in the Shire, where Orcs have set up tables and put out campers’ bag lunches. Riverlea provides “bug juice” (Gatorade), milk, and water.
12:30 Rest Hour
Hobbits, Baggins, and Dobbers sit in the air-conditioned back room while listening to a story, then have quiet time in the Shire. The older campers sit on mats in one of two shady spots outside, where they can read, play cards, and talk quietly.
1:10 Fourth Activity Period
Could be agriculture, canoeing, or music…
1:55 Fifth Activity Period
Could be drama, golf, or kayaking…
2:40 Free Choice
Daily offerings change, but throughout the week, campers can choose to do any of Riverlea’s activities, go to free swim, or free play on the lawn. On very hot days, free swim (and not the other activities) is mandatory.
3:15 Tick Check
After campers have changed and gathered their belongings from their cubbies, they find counselors and Orcs to check their heads for ticks and lice. No taking bugs home on the bus!
3:30 Afternoon Assembly
After distributing lost and found items, we sing songs and sometimes have a talent show or special performance.
3:50 Campers dismissed to buses
Bus counselors lead campers to their buses. Car riders wait for their ride by the driveway with a counselor.
4:00 Buses depart
Counselors clean up the Shire after the buses leave camp. Bus counselors wait with campers until everyone is picked up.