Roughing It: An all-outdoor summer camp serving Berkeley


Campanile photo by Ian Ransley

Campanile photo by Ian Ransley


Traditional summer camp activities since 1972!

Since 1972, Roughing It has been offering summer camps in an all-outdoors environment for children ages 4 to 16. Summer activities include swimming, horseback riding, fishing, and much more. We serve many Berkeley families and are located at the beautiful Lafayette Reservoir, a short ride from Berkeley.

We provide many outdoor activities found in a traditional summer camp, including horseback riding, swimming, waterfront activities, and more! We also have programs specifically designed for teens and younger campers.Come check us out at a local event or talk with a camper parent in your area.


Learn More about Roughing It Programs

Roughing It friends and fishing

Visit Camp Today!

See our beautiful camp site at the Lafayette Reservoir! Attend an Open House or Camp Show, or contact us to schedule your personal tour of camp.


FREE transportation!

Our 36 Bus Stops serve San Fransisco, East Bay, Contra Cost and Tri-Valley and certain areas are available for home pick up. See our Camp Bus Stops & Home Pickup Locations  ยป

Our buses are driven by year-round professional school bus drivers in safe school buses.

Need more info on times or want to inquire about home pick up? Send a request!

Request Trans Info
City-Page-Bus-Image

Berkeley Parent References

We understand that finding the right camp for your child can be challenging. We can put you in touch with another family in your area (or school) who can speak about Roughing It. Here are Berkeley families who would be happy to talk with you:

  • Ann Smulka & Robert Blackburn
  • Terezia Nemeth & Charles Gibson
  • Joanna Sedman & Andy Packard
  • Rhonda Clark & Jessica Warren
  • Tamara Lange & Alex Helperin 
  • Andrea & Brook Dooley
  •  Christine & Rick da Silva 
  • Dawit Kidane & Aster Yosief
  • Dele & Daniel Kammen
  • Hilary & Jason Keith Jennifer & Edan Kabatchnick
  • Jennifer & Felix Baum Jennifer Judy & Jared Caldwell
  • Kara Winter & Tim Golden 
  • Meghan & Kevin Leader 
  • Rebecca Johnson
  • Ruth Singer & Daniel Bodner
  • Selamawite Negusse & Amanuel Zerit
Contact a reference