At camp, cabin life can be one of the most important aspects of the camp experience. Placed in cabins according to age and grade in school, cabin groups not only become the campers home away from home, they also learn to depend on and help one another. Campers spend cabin-time together before and after meals, in the evenings and during nightly programs creating friendships that last a lifetime!
Rio Vista and Sierra Vista are non-denominational camps, based on Christian values. Children from all faiths are welcomed into our Vista family each summer. All campers and counselors attend our inspirational, non-denominational service held each Sunday in our beautiful outdoor chapel. The services are based on values and moral teachings acceptable to all faiths.
In addition to our Chapel service, a Priest visits most Sundays to perform Mass for our Catholic campers and counselors. We also offer a praise and worship service as well as a Jewish service, for those campers and counselors that wish to attend.
At Camp Rio Vista and Camp Sierra Vista we offer individualized scheduling designed to meet the needs and interests of each camper. Campers develop their own schedule with five, 50 minute activities for Monday, Wednesday and Friday and another five activities for Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. With over 40 various activities to choose from, there is something for everyone!
Tribes and Traditions
Traditions are important to the program at Rio and Sierra Vista and are what bring campers back year after year. They lend stability to camp and create lasting memories that can be shared through the generations. Since many of the traditions and tribe ceremonies have not changed much since camp began in the 20’s, children and grandchildren are able to share the same experiences that their parents and grandparents did when they came to camp.
Upon arrival at camp each new Rio Vista camper is initiated into either the Sioux or the Golden Arrow Tribe. Each new Sierra Vista girl is initiated into the Kiowa or the Chickasaw Tribe. Campers remain a part of that tribe for the rest of their summers at camp. Throughout the term the tribes will compete against each other in special tribe competitions such as Highland Games, Sing-Yell, Gold Rush, Superthon, and everyone’s favorite, War Canoe. A running score is kept so that a final winner can be declared on closing day of each term.
Our philosophy is that through friendly, supervised tribe competitions, campers learn teamwork, sportsmanship, and self confidence. Campers develop pride in their accomplishments, as well as for their tribe and the camp.
When a camper becomes a counselor, he/she becomes a part the Mohawk tribe from which all four camper tribes originated. Anyone who has been a camper will tell you though, that once you are a Sioux, Chickasaw, Golden Arrow or Kiowa, you will be a part of that tribe for life!
Evenings at Vista
Something different happens each night at camp. After dinner, Rio Vista and Sierra Vista campers enjoy special and unique events.
Overnight camp-outs, cabin nights, tribe competitions, Counselor Hunt, and Capture the Flag are just a few of the cool nightly programs. Then about once a week, Rio and Sierra Vista join together for a Dance, Carnival, Picnic, Talent Show or another one of our great programs.