Summer Camps Serving Albany

An all-outdoor day camp in the East Bay. Free transportation provided near Albany.

Day campers at horseback riding
Campers learn rowing
Campers learning to swim from their swim counselor

All-outdoors summer camp activities since 1972!

Since 1972, Roughing It has been offering summer camps in an all-outdoors environment for children ages 4 to 16. We serve many Albany families and are located at the beautiful Lafayette Reservoir.

We provide many outdoor activities found in a traditional summer camp, including horseback riding, swimming, waterfront activities, and more! We also have programs specifically designed for teens and younger campers. Come check us out at a local event or talk with a camper parent in your area. Feel free to drop by our Lafayette office!

Learn More about Roughing It Programs

Counselor with her happy campers
Girl Camper Learns to Cast in Fishing

Visit Camp Today!

See our beautiful camp site at the Lafayette Reservoir! Attend an Open House or Camp Show, or schedule a personal tour of camp.

FREE transportation!

Our 36 Bus Stops serve San Fransisco, East Bay, Contra Cost and Tri-Valley and certain areas are available for home pick up. See our Camp Bus Stops & Home Pickup Locations  »

Our buses are driven by year-round professional school bus drivers in safe school buses.

Need more info on times or want to inquire about home pick up? Send a request!

Albany area bus stops

  • Kensington: Kensington Library
  • Berkeley: Arlington & Mendocino
  • Berkeley: Cedar Rose Park
Counselor Greets Campers off the Morning Bus

What parents are saying

Roughing it camp was hands down one of the best experiences of my son’s young life. When he has gone to other camps, getting information out of him at the end of the day about what he did was like pulling teeth. With Roughing it, I got hours of unprompted commentary about all the fun things that went on. He would sing songs at the dinner table, tell stories about hikes etc. It was as much fun for me to hear about as it was for him to attend.      – Heather and Robert M, Albany


Parent References

We understand that finding the right camp for your child can be challenging. We can put you in touch with another family in your area (or school) who can speak about Roughing It. Here are families in your area who would be happy to talk with you:

  • Ann Smulka & Robert Blackburn
  • Terezia Nemeth & Charles Gibson
  • Joanna Sedman & Andy Packard
  • Rhonda Clark & Jessica Warren
  • Tamara Lange & Alex Helperin
  • Andrea & Brook Dooley
  • Christine & Rick da Silva
  • Dawit Kidane & Aster Yosief
  • Dele & Daniel Kammen
  • Hilary & Jason Keith
  • Jennifer & Edan Kabatchnick
  • Jennifer & Felix Baum
  • Jennifer Judy & Jared Caldwell
  • Kara Winter & Tim Golden
  • Meghan & Kevin Leader
  • Rebecca Johnson
  • Ruth Singer & Daniel Bodner
  • Selamawite Negusse & Amanuel Zerit