Activities for Older Campers & Teens

Exciting Outdoor Activities, New Challenges and Adventures!

Teen Campers Learn to Kayak


Teen campers canoe, kayak and fish at the waterfront. They explore the far reaches of the reservoir left unexplored by the younger camper groups. Instruction for all skill levels are at the waterfront and Superchoice activities.

Waterfront activities include:

  • Canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Kayaking (Tandem, 2 person)
  • Basic and Advanced Kayaking Skills
  • Kayak Games and Challenges
  • Kayaking trips to the Back Coves of the reservoir
  • Kayak Rescues &  Eskimo rolls at the pool
  • Orienteering in kayaks
  • Casting clinics
  • Fishing in Boats & Fly fishing
Teen Camper Performs Jump on Horse

Horseback Riding

Teens can participate in riding clinics and English riding lessons are offered for beginner through advanced riders. All riding programs are located at our private ranch in Moraga. Older campers do an additional extended lesson in Superchoice each Friday. Riding Program Overview.

English Riding Activities:

  • Instruction for basic to advanced levels
  • Campers learn English riding skills on a bareback pad
  • Jumping Clinics
  • Cross Country Course
  • Dressage/Drill team
  • Vaulting (gymnastics on horseback)
  • Learn more about Day Camp Riding
Teen Campers Dive into Deep Pool During Swimming


Teen campers participate in swim clinics geared for swimmers of all abilities (advance –novice levels). This allows campers to hone their swim skills in specialty clinics, including diving, water polo, stroke technique, and endurance building.

Swimming activities include:

  • Water polo
  • Diving
  • Synchronized Swimming
  • Water Aerobics
  • ‘Race to Alcatraz’ – Endurance building!
  • Stroke improvement clinics
  • Water games
  • Basic water rescue
  • Junior Lifeguard Training
Young Boy Campers Hold Lacrosse Sticks at Sports


Older campers participate in more advanced sports and learn the skills necessary to play lacrosse, rugby, and ultimate frisbee.

Sports activities include: 

  • Soccer
  • Baseball
  • Field Hockey
  • Lacrosse
  • Football
  • Volleyball
  • Lacrosse
  • Rugby
  • Quidditch
  • Ultimate Frisbee

Our goal is for everyone to play to the best of their ability, build skills, and have fun!

Young Boy Campers Hold Geocaching Devices

Outdoor Living  / Survival Skills

The trails and trees of the reservoir provide a great environment for hiking, orienteering courses and mountain rescues, where Roughing It teens can learn outdoor living and survival skills. Outdoor cooking is a favorite where campers learn to cook meals that can be eaten on camping trips,like BBQ pizza, quesadillas, burritos, banana boats, cake in an orange and try the Iron Chef Challenge. Outdoor Skills include:

  • Maps & Compass / Orienteering
  • Geocaching
  • Outdoor cooking & Iron Chef Challenge
  • Hiking / Tracking
  • Tent pitching and shelter building
  • Adventure and outdoor survival skills
  • Teen challenge course and initiatives
Teen Campers Learn to Belay in Sports

Outdoor Adventure

The Adventure Program focuses on group activities and challenges that require cooperation, communication, and teamwork. Campers work together to master challenges and obstacles facilitated by the Adventure counselor.

Adventure activities include:

  • Team building activities
  • Initiative & Adventure games
  • Rock climbing basics
  • Knot Tying and Craft
Camper and Counselor Smile While Holding Freshly Tie-Dyed Shirts

Advanced Crafts

Older campers enjoy taking part in advanced craft projects, such as woodworking, beading, jewelry making and clay sculpting.

Crafts projects include:

  • Ceramics
  • Woodwork
  • Advance Jewelry making
  • Tie-dying
  • Leather Crafts
  • Plaster & Paper-mache
Teen Camper Performs Jump on Horse

SuperChoice – Do more of what you love at camp!

SuperChoice is a two and a half hour long activity period that older campers 5th grade and up participate in every Friday. SuperChoice clinics allow campers to specialize in more in their favorite program activities including horseback riding, swimming and waterfront. Program counselors plan activities that are challenging, exciting, and build the skills they are learning.

View all SuperChoice Activities.

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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