Take Camp Skills To School

“… a few weeks spent in a well-organized summer camp may be of more value educationally than a whole year of formal school work” – Charles W. Eliot, 21st President of Harvard University, in his 1922 treatise on education A summer at camp provides a unique learning experience and opportunity for growth that can’t be […]

Happy St. Patricks Day from the Herd!

  Neigh everyone! Happy St. Patrick’s Day! This is Aladdin reminding you all to wear green today! Did you know that wearing an Irish horseshoe is also lucky? Some say that horseshoes are only lucky if they were previously worn by a horse, so see if one of your horsey friends has a spare horseshoe […]

Getting Children Unplugged and Outdoors this Summer

There are a variety of real, tangible benefits for a child’s well-being when they are outdoors, unplugged and connected to nature and to the real world all around them. Providing these opportunities for children was one of the paramount reasons we founded Roughing It Day Camp in 1972.

10 Things You Get at Camp that You Don’t Get at School

Significant Time Spent Outdoors – Apart from the fact that they are more likely to engage in healthy forms of play that will stimulate exercise, unstructured play time spent outdoors is beneficial for their creativity and development. Exercise and Physical Activity – Outside of school, camp provides precisely the kind of opportunities for kids to collaborate with their peers […]

National Day of the Horse!

Mark your calendars horse lovers!  December 13 is National Day of the Horse!  In this season of giving, this is the perfect time to take a moment to appreciate everything that the horse has given us.  In honor of our equine friends, here are a few ways to show your favorite horse how much you […]

Ready for Kindergarten? How summer camp can help prepare them!

Every year around this time, parents of young children are faced with the question of, “Is he/she ready for Kindergarten?”. With the change in academic standards and rigor of Kindergarten, it’s no wonder that this question gets asked, year after year, and with increasing levels of anxiety. While schools may differ on the academic requirements, […]

5 Important Lessons Children Learn from Horses

When children take horseback riding lessons, they learn a lot more than just how to ride.  They learn valuable life lessons that can help them in other ways.  Here are five lessons that children learn from horses.

Ways to Show You Love Horses

Valentine’s Day is coming up soon, so this is the time of year when everyone shows how much they love the people in their life.  For horse lovers, this is also the perfect time when you can show how much you love horses, whether you own a horse, or only dream of owning a horse.  […]

Update from Aladdin!

Neigh everyone! It’s Aladdin the Camp Horse!  All of my Roughing It horse friends and I are having a great time running around the pasture at Lazy K.  A few of us have moved to new pastures to make some new horsey friends with the Lazy K herd, and we even met some of the […]

Happy Holidays Horse Lovers!

Now that it’s December, the holiday season is also upon us, and that means it’s time to start shopping for gifts!  Do you know what you’re getting for the horse lover in your life?  Here are some fun ideas that will delight anyone with a passion for horses.

Making Camp an Investment in Your Child

Todd Kestin recently wrote in the Huffington Post encouraging parents to approach summer camp planning in a new way. He advocated that camp be considered as being an equal part of the great investment equation that parents make when thinking about matters most in their child’s future. Investment in a great summer camp should act as a […]

The Horses are Back at Lazy K!

After a wonderful three months at camp, the Roughing It horses are back at Lazy K Ranch where they will spend the next nine months looking forward to next summer!  They are currently getting settled into their winter home, and hanging out with the rest of the Lazy K herd.  They’re having a great time […]

Horse of the Session (Session 2):  Matilda!

Hi everyone!  I’m so excited to be Horse of the Session!  I was new to Roughing It this year, and I wasn’t sure how camp worked, but I had such a great time!  I used to be a lesson horse at the Menlo Circus Club, but I like Roughing It so much better!  Everyone was […]