The Roughing It Blog

Get Your THANKS On with Fun Activities for Families!

Happy Thanksgiving from our Roughing It family to yours! The Thanksgiving Tree: A Family Activity of Gratitude While practicing and teaching gratitude is something we strive to do all year long, this season offers many opportunities to get creative in those efforts. One of our camper families shared their Thanksgiving Tree tradition

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Giving Tuesaday is Coming Nov 28!

Today is giving Tuesday! Looking for a way for you and your family to give back this holiday season? Get involved in #GivingTuesday, a movement to create a global day of giving. Join us in supporting the Giving Tuesday movement by donating this holiday season! Pick a cause and share

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What’s going on at Princess Row-a-Boat’s Tower?

Hello Campers! If you visit the Reservoir this Winter you may see Princess Row-a-Boata’s Tower is under construction. Don’t worry! Princess Row-A-Boata sent me a text message and let me know the Rangers are just doing some retro fitting to keep her tower safe!

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Happy Veterans Day!

Happy Veteran’s Day to one and all. We are so grateful to those who have served our country and who continue to serve today. Remember to spend today with those that have served our country so bravely in mind, and give them a special thank you if you can.

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Happy Holidays From Roughing It!

Happy holidays! This is one of our favorite times of the year, a time to be grateful for our family and friends. Here at Roughing It, we are especially grateful for all of our wonderful campers and staff, who made this summer so special. Our counselors have a special holiday

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Life Lessons Learned at Roughing It

All of our campers have their own unique experiences every summer that they carry with them throughout their lives.  They take away valuable life skills from their time at camp, which help them in other areas of their life.  We wanted to share with you the experience one of our

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Fall updates at the Res!

We took a trip down to the Res today, and we have some exciting updates! There are some great updates being made around the Res in the coming months. Near the visitors center, the rangers are going to be putting in a new native plant garden, as well as a

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Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! Wishing everyone a safe and spooky night. We would love to see pictures of all of campers dressed up in their costumes. Check out our blog post from Gus about how to deal with scary things on this fright night. Happy trick or treating!

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Happy New Years!

Happy New Year campers!  We hope you enjoyed your winter break and are having fun back in school! The New Years is a great time to reflect back on your past year and look forward to the new one. Making new years resolutions is one of our favorite parts of the

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Roughing It Camp Tours – November 5

Come see camp on November 5! Camp Tours are a perfect way to see camp, meet the Directors and ask any questions you may have about Roughing It. Check out our schedule of upcoming tour dates or schedule a personal tour at time that works for your family!  {{cta(‘4ff06d97-6652-4b18-a9c8-62f17ecce649’)}}

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#optoutside This Black Friday!

Looking for something to do on Black Friday?  We suggest you #optoutside and take your family outdoors for a hike at the Res.  Instead of shopping, get your whole family together, including  your Grandma and Grandpa, and go to the Lafayette Reservoir for a walk. All of the maple trees are turning bright

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Get Ready for Halloween with Roughing It!

Halloween is almost here! We can’t wait to see all of our campers dressed up and ready to go! Still don’t have your costume? Don’t fret! Check out some of the last minute costume ideas that our crafty campers have come up with – complete with accessories! Need a Halloween treat?

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Trick or Treat Street!

Come out on and join us tomorrow for some halloween fun at the Lafayette Trick or Treat Street! Roughing It will be handing out candy from 4-6pm, and we would love to see some of our camp friends there! For more info on the event, check out their website here.

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Res Run Fun!

This past weekend, Roughing It went out to support the Lafayette Res Run for Education! We had such a great time, and we loved getting to talk with members of our community. Counselors Tia and Meagan came out with us and led fun games and activities. If you’re looking for

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Join Us For The Lafayette Res Run!

This weekend Roughing It is excited to be at the Lafayette Res Run for Education! We will have a booth set up with fun games and prizes, and we would love for you all to come out and join us! We even have some surprise counselors coming back to help

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What is a traditional camp?

I am always very proud when Roughing It Day Camp is listed in a directory or an article on camp as a traditional camp.  I went to a great traditional camp as a child, worked at two traditional camps, met my wife at a traditional camp, sent my children to

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Roughing It Camp Tours – October 22 & November 5

Come see camp on October 22 or November 5! Camp Tours are a perfect way to see camp, meet the Directors and ask any questions you may have about Roughing It. Check out our schedule of upcoming tour dates or schedule a personal tour at time that works for your family! 

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Our Hearts Are With You

We know that many in our community have friends and family in the devastated areas. This is an incredibly difficult time for the Bay Area. Two summer camps, Clover Leaf Ranch and Camp Newman have suffered extensive damage due to the fires. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all

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Camp Updates for Summer 2018

Dear Camp Families, Welcome to our 46th Camp Season! While much has changed over the years, the Roughing It values are just as important today as we help children build the life skills needed to be happy, contributing citizens in the 21st century. Updates for Summer 2018 As we open

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Summer 2017 Highlights Video Is Here!

We are already missing our summer friends! Relive all of  your favorite Roughing It memories with our Summer 2017 Highlights video here, or on camper caboodle. We are already looking forward to making more memories next summer!

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Closing Circle…. A time to say good-bye

We are already missing our summer friends! Relive all of  your favorite Roughing It memories with our Summer 2017 Highlights video here, or on camper caboodle. We are already looking forward to making more memories next summer!

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Staff Farewell Song!

Today was the final day of camp this summer, and we just want to thank everyone for an amazing summer! We hope you all take away life-long memories from camp, and we hope everyone has a great school year! Check out our staff singing a farewell song under the “Summer

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Final Week of Summer 2017!

This week at Roughing It, we celebrated Olympic week! This is a very special week for us, as our campers work on sportsmanship, positive attitude and forming lasting ties with friends. Campers competed in lots of challenges and fun team building activities at our program areas, and enjoyed trying to

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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

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