Roughing It: An all-outdoor summer camp serving Oakland


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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 Oakland families and are located at the beautiful Lafayette Reservoir, a short ride from Oakland.

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

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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!

We provide home pick up in the Claremont and Elmwood neighborhoods, as well as central transportation from the above areas.

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!

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Oakland 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 Oakland families who would be happy to talk with you:

  • 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
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Come visit camp!

Please visit our event page for information about the next Camp Open House or Camp Show!

We are ACA accredited

Roughing It is accredited by the American Camping Association. Learn why accreditation matters.