Roughing It: An all-outdoor summer camp serving San Ramon


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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 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.


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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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Parent References

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

  • Elisa & Doug Graver-Dowd
  • Joyce Ho
  • Dr. Tracy Trotter
  • Dora Coelho & Jack Nickerson
  • Terri & John Pulliam 
  • Elaine & Kent Screechfield
  • Nancy & Scott Batiste
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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.