A Message From the Directors
This privilege and responsibility of wisely providing Quality Camping has guided us through the years on our Quest for Camping Excellence…a quest that has allowed us to serve thousands of campers and parents.
As Directors and Owners, we agree with many parents who come to see their daughter’s camp experience as an integral part of her growth, as important to her development as the right school, friends, and home environment. Riverview will help make your decision an easy one! Our goal is that you will find Riverview to be a place of fun, friends, laughter and learning…a place in which your child will take possession, and before you know it she will be referring to Riverview as “my camp”! Thank you for the privilege of providing “the camp of choice” for your daughter.
The benefits of camping will include
- the ability to build self-confidence
- strengthen social skills
- increase cooperation
- explore new activities
- appreciate nature
- form lasting memories
- experience healthy friendships
- interact with positive adult role models
- and grow closer to God
As you look through our website, you will see that our camp community offers a Christian environment in an amazing outdoor setting, creating occasions for life-long meaningfulness…a place where girls have fun in a camp setting that emphasizes good decisions every day!
We look forward to seeing you at Riverview!
Dr. Larry and Susan Hooks
Camp Directors and Owners
The Hooks’ have been Camp Directors since 1983, with many years of combined camping experience! Susan and Larry served as Camp Directors for Camp Skyline in Mentone from the fall of 1983 until February of 1997. During the spring and summer of 1997, they worked to prepare for the ownership of Riverview.
“We are so fortunate and thankful for the opportunity to be a part of your family. To you, the parents and guardians, we just want to say Thank You for being a part of the Riverview Family. We believe that children are the wondrous beginnings that make a profound difference in the world around us! As Camp Directors and as a family, we thank God for the privilege every day! And we thank you!”
Camp Assistant Director
Donna Bares (Mrs. John), Assistant Director, has worked with Susan and Larry since 1987 and Donna has been their Assistant Director since 1992. Donna is a Red Cross Instructor since 1988. As a Riverview Camp Administrator she works extensively in Staff Orientation providing training for staff in Red Cross First Aid, CPR, Lifeguard Training and Activity Training. Donna is a graduate of Nicholls State University in Thibodaux, LA…with a Bachelor of Arts and Science Degree in General Studies and Physical Education and also has a degree from Jacksonville State University in Psychological Counseling. Donna is also a graduate of E.D. White High School in Thibodaux . As the full-time Assistant Director of Riverview, Donna travels, along with the Directors, promoting the program and interviewing staff in the fall, winter and spring months. Actively involved in all aspects of camp, Donna’s warm sense of humor, her gentle spirit and her tireless enthusiasm inspires both staff and campers. Donna is committed to camping excellence and makes a significant difference in the quality of Riverview camp life. Donna and John’s daughter, Bethany Bares, was a camper at Riverview for 11 years and a staff member since 2017!