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Hot weather days at Roughing It are called, Beat The Heat days. On the high temperature days, camp schedules and activities may be modified to provide campers and staff additional time to rest, recover and have water breaks in the shade. This may include: Planning more active activities in the earlier
The holidays are a great opportunity to spend quality time with family! Here are some of our favorite holiday activities found locally at the Lafayette Reservoir or doable from your home! Outdoor Holiday Activities Lafayette Reservoir Ornament Tree Come see the beautiful Ornament Tree at the Lafayette Reservoir!
Cooking outdoors over an open fire is a camper favorite during the summer. However many of our cooking techniques can also be done in home ovens and the recipes are great all year long. Our Dutch Oven Apple Crisp is one we especially love to share during at Thanksgiving. Fall
Gratitude is an such important life skill to practice with our children especially during challenging times. This is something we do at camp with kids of all ages. While practicing and teaching gratitude can be done all year long, this season offers many opportunities to get creative in those efforts.
Fall is a fantastic time for family hiking and enjoying the outdoors in the Bay Area. There are great hikes for kids that provide plenty of opportunities to see the splendors of the season and spectacular trees in full array of autumn colors. The Lafayette Reservoir can be a beautiful
Spring has sprung and the weather has been getting warmer, it’s a great time to get unplugged and take advantage of all the parks and trails the Bay Area has to offer. Did you know that hiking can also help your brain? The article “Doctors Tell Us How Hiking
Being cooped up in the house all day can make anyone stir crazy, so it’s really great and beneficial to spend some quality time with your family! Here are lots of fun things for your kids and family to do together at home or outdoors that are perfect for spending
At Roughing It, we are all about creating fun outdoor experiences that help campers grow and develop life skills. Our program that focuses on this is our GRIT – Great Roughing It Team Challenge program! The goal of this program is to help our campers grow through new
This easy, no bake, fruit tart is a camp favorite and a simple recipe to make at home. Gather up your campers and make some delicious tarts together, using whatever fruit toppings you like! SUPPLIES: Small Dixie Plates Zip-lock Bags Large Bowl Mixing Spoon INGREDIENTS: 2 packs Graham Crackers 3
So as you endeavor to give the most memorable and amazing gift this holiday season, we hope this inspires you to give the best holiday gift – the gift of summer camp!
As we head into the busy holiday season, it’s a perfect time to pause and think about what we are truly grateful for this year, and to share with each other our thanks for the small and large blessings that are so abundant all around us. Thanksgiving is a perfect
We are gearing up for summer 2020 and have added new adventures to keep your campers happy and healthy at camp! Keep reading below for more details! More Trail Rides!Explore new trails out on the “Back 40” and group trail rides for beginner through advanced riders. Learn to ride the trail
The Roughing It Day Camp Horses have arrived from Lazy K Ranch in Chowchilla, CA, where they spend the fall and winter months. They are settling in, enjoying the golden sunshine and fresh grass. They can’t wait to start giving lessons to campers!https://vimeo.com/340287986
How Roughing It Prepares Kids to Take on the World Team building skills are more important than ever for children today. Over half of the jobs our campers will do as adults will be working in teams. Teamwork has always been a key part of the Roughing It Camp experience.
With Thanksgiving upon us, now is the time of year when people start to reflect on everything they are thankful for. Although this is the season to be grateful for what you have, gratitude is something that is great to practice all year long. Research studies show kids and adults
If you’ve ever attended a summer at camp, you probably already know how great an experience it is. A summer of fun, learning in ways different than the classroom and making memories to last a lifetime are all ways that summer camp transforms a child over the summer. Benefits of
News for Summer 2019 Priority Registration Savings NOW – Nov 15! New! Program and CampPlus Additions New! 2-Week Day Camp Sessions Hi Camp Families! We are excited to kick off our 47th summer of camp by offering more ways to have an amazing summer outdoors. As we continue to enhance our
“… 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
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
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.
It’s always heart-warming to hear from campers, staff, and parents about how much they got out of their summer. We love the stories of campers learning how to swim, riding a horse for the first time, catching fish, climbing that steep hill to their secret forts, finding the daily D’junos,
January is a good time to begin looking for the right camp for your child! Many programs are just opening their registration so parents still have time to do their research. We are happy to offer some suggestions and resources for parents based on our 46 years of experience in
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
Summer is still a few months off but the warmer spring days are beginning to beckon us outdoors to enjoy and appreciate the amazing nature burgeoning around us! While it may not be the first thing that comes to mind right now, many of us are beginning to think about
Camp is a great way for your child to spend their summer! There are countless benefits to sending your child to camp that will last them for the rest of their life. Ann Woods, Director of Roughing It Day Camp, shares how camp can positively contribute to children’s development, based