The Roughing It Blog

Roughing It goes International!

This week at camp is world cultures and cultural awareness week at Roughing It. We practiced life skills around camp such as understanding differences and appreciating diversity. As part of this week, we celebrated International day on Wednesday! Campers had a great time dressing up for the different cultures represented

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Parents Closing Circle!

Today we welcomed our wonderful camper families to camp for Parents Closing Circle! Camper groups have worked hard all week getting ready to perform songs and skits for all of their loved ones. We were so impressed with all of the creativity that the campers showed this session. Parents Closing

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Creative Campers at Roughing It

Week two of camp has been a blast! This week is creativity week at Roughing It, and boy are our campers showing off their creativity! Campers are working on life skills such as creative problem solving, positive participation, and group and individual responsibility. On Thursday, we enjoyed seeing all of

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Welcome Back for Session 2!

We are so excited to welcome back all of our returning campers for session two, and would like to extend a warm welcome to all of our new campers as well!  All of our new camper groups are off to a great start, coming up with their group names and

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Aloha From Roughing It!

This week at Roughing It is our last week of session one, and was camp spirit and community week. Campers focused on team building, communication, making friendship ties and keeping them, saying farewells, and closure. On Wednesday, we celebrated Hawaiian Day, one of our many dress up days at camp.

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Session One Farwell Song From Staff

Today was the last day of session one! We want to thank everyone for an amazing first session! We hope that you all had a great session with us, and we hope to see you back soon! During our final closing circle, the Roughing It staff performed a song for

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Captain Caboodle’s Day at Camp!

Hey, it’s me – CAPTAIN CABOODLE! I loved visiting camp today and getting to say hi to all of my favorite Roughing It campers! I can’t wait to stop by again soon! Be sure to keep checking in at Camper Caboodle for photos and news from camp! Share your favorite

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Eco-Week Excitement!

This week at Roughing It is Eco-Week! Campers learn life skills like outdoor survival skills, group challenges (where everyone survives!) respecting the environment, minimum impact, making a contribution, taking action, and positive participation. All of our campers participated in Ranger Rachel’s non-natural nature challenge, where campers competed to see which

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Fourth of July Fun!

It has been a great week here at Roughing It!  We started out the week celebrating the Fourth of July at our family picnic. Every year, campers invite their families to join in the fun of camp for a day and experience all that Roughing It has to offer. Families

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Welcome to Roughing It!

Welcome to the first week of camp! We have been having an absolute blast at Roughing It. This week was friendship week, where campers worked on getting to know the other members of their group and making new friends. During the first week of camp, camper groups bond by creating

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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. 

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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

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Horse of the Session (Session 1):  Aladdin!

Hi campers!  Thank you so much for choosing me as Horse of the Session!  I have been coming to Roughing It since I was one year old, and I’m always so excited to come back every summer.  I have so much fun teaching everyone how to walk, trot, and canter,

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Hiking Improves Critical Thinking Skills

 Now that it’s spring and the weather has started getting warmer, it’s time to start spending more time outside!  Hiking is a great way to spend more time outside and get exercise.  Did you know that hiking can also help your brain?  The article “Doctors Tell Us How Hiking Can

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The Founding of Roughing It Day Camp

I am often asked how we came up with the idea of Roughing It, so let me take a few minutes to share with you my remembrance as to how it all happened. It’s been a great ride and I have been blessed to have been able to learn from

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Meet Bambi!

Our newest camp horse is Bambi!  Bambi is a cute little mare who has retired from her job as a polo horse and is looking forward to becoming a camp horse!  She is very calm and gentle, and will be fun for our intermediate and advanced riders.  She is not

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Meet Sterling!

We have a new camp horse named Sterling!  Sterling is a warmblood, who has retired from his life as a champion show jumper.  He has been used in lessons, and now he’s ready to become a camp horse!  He likes to go nice and slow for the beginners, but jumping

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Spending Time Outdoors Makes Kids Smarter:  3 Facts, 1 Conclusion

Every parent wishes for their child to succeed in school and this “success” for many families is heavily influenced by academics first. Doing well in school, getting good grades, enrolling in advanced courses, continually acquiring more knowledge and being “smart” is often top priority for parents and therefore the focus

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