Camp Activities

Outdoor activities that build skills, provide new challenges, and are fun for all ages. Instruction by age and ability.

Girl Camper Takes Horse Around Ring During Riding

Horseback Riding

English riding lessons for beginner through advanced riders at our riding site, for all campers enrolled in 4 & 8-Week Day Camp. Lessons include basic equestrian skills, riding games, jumping, cross country. Learn more »

Young Campers Navigate their Rowboat in the Reservoir


Campers preschool – 4th grade learn boating skills and row in the protected Capt’n Rough’s Cove on the reservoir.  Learn boating safety, rowing skills, games, treasure hunts and boat trips in the cove.  Learn more »

Girl Camper Learns to Cast in Fishing


Campers of all ages enjoy fishing down at the docks.  Learn fishing techniques; hone your skills, drop line, and casting.  Common catches are blue gill, bass, and cat fish.  Learn more »

Roughing It swim counselors teaches basic of diving


Swim lessons are popular with all our campers PreK-10th grade. Red Cross instruction for beginner through advanced levels. Learn to swim programs, stroke technique, games, diving, and water polo.  Learn more » 

Teen Campers Wave from a Canoe


Campers 2nd – 10th grades learn the basics of flat-water canoeing, strokes, and paddling skills.  Explore the coves and far side of the res, canoe games, races, and scavenger hunts.  Learn more »

Teen Campers Learn to Kayak


Campers 5th grade and above participate in tandem kayaking where they explore the far side of the lake.  Learn kayaking strokes, steering, and paddling skills through games and excursions.  Learn more »

Teen Campers Play an Active Game in Sports


Campers of all ages build skills, endurance, and learn work as a team together with their group at sports. Field sports include soccer, softball, t-ball, flag football, field hockey, volleyball, and lacrosse (for older campers).  Learn more »

Teen Camper Shows off Clay Figure in Crafts

Arts and Crafts

Crafts is favorite activity of all ages where campers get creative and create their own art projects. Camp crafts include lanyards, friendship bracelet, jewelry making, clay, nature art, and so much more!  Learn more »

Boy Campers Pitch a Tent in Outdoors

Outdoor Living Skills

Campers learn many outdoor living skills, such as wilderness survival, outdoor cooking, tent pitching, basic first aid, and compass and map reading.  Learn more  »

Young Camper Learns About Bugs in Environment

Nature & Environment

Environmental Education is an activity area designed to give campers an appreciation for the great outdoors.  Groups explore the trails around the lake and learn about the native wildlife and animals together. Nature activities include: bug hunts, bird watching, and nature hikes.  Learn more »

Teen Campers Head on a Hike around the Reservoir

Hiking – Explore the Outdoors

Explore 900 acres of Lafayette Reservoir! Campers of all ages participate in hikes with their groups on a variety of trails for hikers of all levels.  Learn more  »

Teen Campers Learn to Belay in Sports

Adventure (4th grade and up)

Campers 4th grade and above look forward to participating in adventure activities. The Adventure Program focuses on group activities and challenges that require cooperation, communication, problem solving and teamwork.  Learn more  »

Teen Camper Performs Jump on Horse

Teen Activities and SuperChoice

Activities designed for older campers and specialty clinics on Fridays for campers 5th -10th grades give older campers opportunities to try advance activities at riding, swimming, fishing, kayaking, adventure, and crafts.  Learn more »

Young Campers Play a Group Game with String

Camp Games

Traditional games and activities capture the imagination and encourage teamwork and physical development. Some favorites include capture the flag, medic, kick the can, Mississippi, tree-tag, creating forts, lizard huts, and flag finding.  Learn more »

Counselors Perform a Song During Closing Circle

Opening & Closing Circle

The entire camp assembles for announcements, songs, and skits each day in the morning and afternoon. Everyone joins in our camp songs and cheers.  Learn more »

Young Boy Campers Hear a Story from a Picture Book

Lunch and Quiet Time

Campers bring a lunch, snack, and drink to camp each day. Campers eat lunch together with their group and counselor in the shade. Following lunch is time for quiet activities like stories, crafts, or creative play. Learn more »

New Activities Every Year!

We offer new activities for each grade level, so campers can continue to grow year after year. Get excited about the new activities you can do at Roughing It this summer!

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Outdoor Cooking

Outdoor cooking is a favorite activity, where campers learn to cook meals that can be eaten on camping trips, such as BBQ pizza, cake in an orange, and biscuit on a stick.

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