Teen & Older Camper Programs

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Teen Activities at Roughing It!

Roughing It’s Programs for Older Campers (5th grade – 10th grade)

At Roughing It, older campers have the opportunity to experience everything camp has to offer with groups and activities designed for their age, abilities and interests. Get ready to have a summer you will never forget - new friends, amazing staff, and experiences and adventures you will want to share with everyone you know!

Activities for Teens:

  • Horseback Riding Clinics
  • Swimming Clinics
  • Kayaking & Canoeing 
  • Fishing
  • Arts and Crafts
  • Outdoor Adventure & Hiking
  • Sports & Group Games
  • SuperChoice – Specialty Clinics for older campers on Fridays

Learn more about our Teen Activities »


Daily Schedule – 5/6th graders  »
Daily Schedule – Jr. High (7th & 8th graders)  »
Daily Schedule – CILT   (Camper’s in Leadership Training 9th & 10 grades) »

Teen Groups – New Friends and Fun!

Our older campers have their own groups based on grade and age with designated groups for boys and girls tailored for their ages and abilities. We have special groups for 5th & 6th grader boys and girls, Junior High groups for 7th and  8th graders boys and girls and a co-ed high school group for 9th and 10 graders as part of our leadership program (CILTs).  Each group is lead by an adult counselor who provides leadership, support and team building for all.   

Specialty Clinics & SuperChoice 

Our older campers also participate in SuperChoice, 2 hour specialty clinics for campers 5th -10th grade every Friday.  Junior High and CILT campers also take part in clinics at swimming and horseback riding. These are instructional workshops designed to challenge teens with clinics offered for advance - novice levels. Our "Challenge by Choice" activities let campers participate at their own skill level, Our specialty clinics give teens the opportunity to specialize in a variety of activities each week and try advanced activities just for older campers. Learn more and see our all SuperChoice Activities  »

Camper in Leadership Training (9th & 10th Graders) 

The CILT Program provides special training and hands-on leadership opportunities in different camp activities, with a variety of age groups. Our high school students gain leadership skills while participating in many of the teen camper activities.  Learn more »

Junior Counselors (11th & 12th Graders)

This is a volunteer program for teens entering 11th or 12th grade to gain leadership experience and skills working with younger campers groups.  Learn more »

Importance of Camp for Teens

Camp provides many opportunities for Teens to develop and grow while having a fun summer. See how new activities and healthy risk taking can help Teens learn leadership and lifelong skills. Find out more » 

How are Roughing It camp days spent?

The camp day is from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm with extended care options. Camper groups spend their day in scheduled of activities and group time. This ensures that each camper has the opportunity to experience every camp activity. These camp activities include formal instruction for all ability levels taught in a fun manner. Each day includes special group activities designed for the camper group by their counselor. There are also times for snack / water breaks, sunscreen, and lunch in the shade. Each day, campers experience group building by doing a variety of activities together. 

Caring & Experienced Adult Counselors

Our all adult staff provide a safe, supportive camp environment. We select staff who have experience working with young children and are excellent role models. We also have our own certified specialty staff who instruct at each of the program areas and camp administrators on site each day. Our overall camper to counselor ratio is 4:1.

Camper Safety

The health and safety of each camper is the primary concern of each Roughing It staff member. Supervision of campers by staff is always constant. All our staff are certified in /First Aid and CPR, and receive additional training in safety and health procedures during the week of staff orientation. All swim and waterfront staff are certified lifeguards. Learn more  »

Transportation Included

We offer 36 central bus stops in East Bay, San Francisco, Contra Costa and Tri Valley. Home pick up is available for 4 & 8 week camper in designated areas. Each bus has a Professional driver and a counselor. Learn more »

Extended Care Options

We offer before and after camp care as part of our Camp Plus program. Learn more »