Dear Camp Families,
When we started our Camp in 1972 with 15 campers and a dream in
our hearts, we had no idea we would be lucky enough to celebrate
the 45th season! We feel fortunate to have touched the lives of
thousands of children and see our campers grow up to become
The Roughing It values are just as important today as we help
children build the life skills needed to be happy, contributing
citizens in the 21st century.
Updates for Summer 2017
As we open up the new season, we wanted to share what's in
store for Summer 2017. These changes and improvements allow us
to continue to provide a stellar all-outdoors camp experience
for your child.
Camp Dates & New Session Options
We continue to offer 4 and 8-week sessions at Roughing It Day
Camp. In addition, we are offering 3 and 7-week options for our
second session to
accommodate campers starting school August 14. Camp will start one
week later to allow staff
with late college finals to make our June 19th staff training week.
Camp Operations & Fees
This year we face the challenge of
higher than usual operating expenses. We want to share the
reasons for the tuition increase:
- Riding Expenses. Horses and riding have
been an incredible and defining part of Roughing It for over 40
years. Last year, in order to continue the riding program, we
purchased our camp horses. Owning and managing a herd of 25
horses is more expensive than when we were able to lease them
prior to 2016. We are
fortunate to have found a wonderful off-season home for our
horses at Lazy K Ranch in Chowchilla; however, the costs for
their year-round care have doubled this year. There is a great
amount of work, expense, and expertise that goes into caring for
and keeping a herd strong, healthy, and safe for children to
ride. We plan to
continue to grow our herd and care for our beloved older horses
as they retire, since horses are such a special part of our camp.
We use First Student professional
drivers and buses to provide the safest bus experience for our
campers. This costs substantially more than using college-age
staff as drivers; however, the quality and safety of our
transportation is much improved. This summer, First Student will
discontinue 24-passenger buses and replace them with new
20-passenger buses with improved, safer seating. It is an added
expense for us to run additional routes to cover this change.
- Staff Salaries.
We are raising staff salaries to match or exceed the
increase in California minimum wage. We are committed to hiring the
best adult counselors, as they are the ones who make camp special
for our campers.
Smaller Groups for Roughing It Day Camp - Enroll Early
To allow for the optimal group experience, we are lowering group
sizes to 12 campers for our Roughing It Day Camp program.
The smaller group size gives an
personal experience for each camper and offers better teaching and
hands-on learning at our riding,
swimming and waterfront programs. Enroll early to ensure your
child's spot in their group.
Saddle Club is Back!
We are fine-tuning the Saddle Club schedule and plan to open
registration for this much-loved after-camp program in January. Stay tuned for more details.
is Now Open!
Offering Special Early
Registration Discounts for our
Thank You for Your Continued Support
Our camper families and alumni are key to keeping the Roughing It
spirit and camp community going strong, and we are very grateful to
you all. We hope you will join us for our 45th summer and continue
to share the magic of Roughing It!
Ann, Hobie and Amy Woods
"Helping Children to Grow in Wonderful Ways since 1972"
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