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Roughing It's Kinder Campers
4-week or 8-week Program for Younger Campers

Preschool through 1st Graders (and up)

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Caring adult counselors

Experienced all-adult counselors with a 4:1 camper to staff ratio.

learning soccer

Our staff help campers learn fundamental sports techniques.

Our Adult Counselors ensure camp is fun and safe for every camper.


Campers learn rowing at the Lafayette Reservoir

Learn to row with our Lifeguard Certified Waterfront staff.



The best program for young children is Roughing It's 4 week or 8 week Day Camp program; A traditional, all-outdoors day camp at the Lafayette Reservoir. We have been serving very young campers since we opened Roughing It in 1972. Campers are in groups based on their age and grade in school so all of their activities while at camp are age appropriate. Roughing It is the ideal place for the first time camper to begin their camp experience. 

Day Camp Activities:
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  • Horseback Riding Instruction
  • Swimming Lessons
  • Fishing
  • Boating
  • Nature & Outdoors
  • Crafts
  • Sports
  • Quiet & Active Activities
  • Singing and Skits
  • Group Time
  • Opening & Closing Circle

Caring & Experienced Adult Counselors

Roughing It's continued success at providing a safe, supportive camp environment is our outstanding all adult staff. We select staff because of their maturity, character, experience and ability to relate to and inspire young children. We also have our own certified specialty staff who instruct at each of the program areas and camp administrators on the campsite 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.

Transportation Included!
Campers enrolled in the Day Camp program will ride the bus to and from camp each day. These campers can choose from HOME pick-up and drop-off in many neighborhoods or Central Stops conveniently located in:

Lafayette, Moraga, Orinda, Walnut Creek, Pleasant Hill, Danville, Piedmont, Oakland, Berkeley, Alamo, San Ramon, Martinez and San Francisco!


Extended Day Program

Roughing It offers extended day programs for families who would like a longer day at camp, for more about these extended care options please see the camp plus page.

Horseback Riding Lessons for Day Campers of all ability levels.


Campers enjoy fishing at the Lafayette Reservoir.

American Red Cross swimming lessons for all skill levels.


Campers learn outdoor skills and environmental appreciation

Discover who lives in small spaces.


Accredited by the American Camping Association
American Red Cross swimming lesson program

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